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BobTheGardener


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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 12:02

Downpour now stopped - had a good half inch of much-needed rain this morning.  Off now to help aged mum move into semi-managed accomodation from her council flat.  She already has three friends at the new place after suffering a string of 'bad' neighbours at her council flat, so will be a lot happer and less stressed I hope! 

growing onions

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:23

We seem to know our onions, Welshonion!

growing onions

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:09

Yes, they are bolting Sandra.  Cut the flowering stems off and the bulb should keep growing, but those which have done this won't store well so use them first.  If you grew them from onions sets (small onions), look for 'heat treated' ones next spring as those are far less likely to bolt.

Aubergine

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 11:00

Where have you placed it Robin?  They need to be under glass to survive in the UK and, given the current temps, even a cold greenhouse may not be warm enough right now.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:53

It's one of those "I'm sure there was a patch of bare earth there last week" types nut!

where to put slug pellets

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:41

I place them underneath a piece of slate which is raised off the ground by putting it on top of a few stones.  I then put a large stone on top of the slate to stop birds etc furtling around under it.  Place about a foot away from the plant you are protecting.

An added bonus is that it also protects the pellets from rain so they last longer.  

Tree Paeony

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:35

Most tree peonies supplied are grafted, so the chances are one colour flower is from the rootstock, the other from the grafted variety.

Plant ID

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 10:32

I'm pretty sure that is Gallant soldier (Galinsoga parviflora), aka Guascas:

http://www.jeremybartlett.co.uk/2014/07/30/gallant-soldier-or-guascas-galinsoga-parviflora/

Don't let it seed!

 

 

 

When to add fertilizer to soil

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 21:33

Capsicums don't need as much feeding as many other veg/fruit.  I would say there's no need to feed them at all until the first fruit has set (in fact, feeding them may increase vegetative growth and delay the production of fruit);  There'll be plenty enough food in the compost until then.  Once the fruit has set, I feed mine with liquid tomato feed added to the water but at half the strength that the tomatoes themselves get.  A feed once a fornight is often enough.

Favourite gardening activity

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 19:24

Contemplating (ok, pottering) without a doubt!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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