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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Greenhouse help

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:07

John, if whatever you choose has an optional aluminium base, I strongly suggest you spend the extra to get it.  They add a lot of rigidity which helps prevent the frame warping over time if the ground/paving/brick below settles which is a big cause of cracked panes.  I'd also go for the safety glass, especially if you have very young or old folk about, or if you might ever decide to move it in the future.  Horticultural glass is a nightmare to remove after a few years as it becomes brittle and panes often break into large and extremely sharp pieces. 

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:50

A few years ago I left a tray of 3" tall beetroot seedlings, sown in modules, laying on an unused part of a veg bed for a few weeks as there was no room for them.  A few weeks later I found they had rooted into the soil below and they went on to produce usable roots.  I don't know if that tells us anything other than neglect isn't necessarily a bad thing!

Gardener come.....

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 10:55

I always wanted to be an astronomer and found Patrick Moore an inspiration, RIP.  Unfortunately I was rather immature in my youth (and perhaps still am!) and discovered motorcycles, alcohol and the opposite sex (not necessarily in that order!) when I should have been concentrating on my A levels.  I caught up later on my education but was already in a job by then and never had the courage (or any encouragement) to jack the job in and go back to university to study the subject.  Still, I do now have telescopes and an observatory in my garden and with over 40,000 amateur astronomers in the UK it's a thriving community, as is the gardening one I love so much.

Backfilling hole for laying lawn

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 01:38

I'm finding it difficult to visualise exactly what you mean from the description.  Can you upload a photo?  If you mean the whole area is 2m x 2m x 32cm deep but you only want to buy 10-15cm of topsoil, then one option is to put 15-20cm of ballast, gravel, sharp sand or similar free-draining cheap 'filler' material down to provide drainage then a layer of topsoil to the required level on top.

HEATED PROPOGATOR

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 01:17

Does it have any label, maker's name or model number on it, Madeleine?

If not, please upload a photo as there's a good chance someone here will recognise it.

Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 20:27

Traditionally it's linseed oil which helps stop steel parts rusting and is good for wooden handles.  It's also safe in the garden.

How often do you feed your Annuals?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 19:49

Same as fidget.

Thinking of growing a Cob Nut tree

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 18:58

Last year was the first time the squirrels didn't nick my hazelnuts - I expect they'll be back as per normal this autumn though!  If I were to plant another cob, it would be a purple leaved filbert (aka red filbert.)  Smaller nut crop but much more attractive foliage (which is all I usually get to enjoy!)  Chris Bowers (who posts on this forum) has a good range of all types to choose from.  Matty, just one squirrel will strip a tree - they just take them, bury them and return until there are none left.. 

New Garden!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 00:27

Sounds wonderful Simon!  It is always a good idea to wait for a full year before making any major changes to the borders so you can see what appears - you may have some great and/or expensive plants in there.  Folk on this forum will love identifying anything that comes up and you're not sure of.

Have you sown any seeds yet this year?

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:40

Good advice there Mike!  A tray chock full of leggy seedlings that you didn't have time to prick out is neither use nor ornament as they will rarely grow into decent plants.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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