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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:19

Mornin' folks, grey here but dry and not too cold so perfect for barrowing a couple of tons of compost around.  I need to empty one of the compost bins as I cut a large laurel back and have nowhere left to put the shreddings from that and the dahlias which have now all been frosted so are looking rather messy.  Kettle full so lots of tea breaks coming up so I can keep up with the forum!   

what's this green fatty?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:06
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Angle shades moth caterpillar? maybe.

I think your are right FB.  I find these throughout the Winter, often hiding under ground-hugging foliage where they overwinter.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:01

Something a bit different this time, a picture of a star forming region known as the Cocoon nebula taken with my Canon 350D attached to my telescope:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34057.jpg?width=241&height=350&mode=max

 This is the equivalent of approx. a 3 hour exposure (actually 38 five minute exposures combined by a process known as 'stacking'.) 

Leeks

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:31

It's possibly leek moth larvae.  Most sites say the caterpillars are green but Alys Fowler says creamy with brown head and legs.  Another possibility is Allium leaf miner.

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:27

An alternative which works in some situations is to sprinkle sharp sand over the decking boards.  It isn't ideal but I use it on a sloping bit of a path made from decking as I've gone "ar*e over t*t"  a couple of times when carrying plants to the GH in the dark.

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:24

Mine also never survive the Winter obelixx so I do the same as you and get the same result.  It means the new ones are quite late to flower but I don't mind that.

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:13

It might, but probably depends on make & model.  If you haven't got the manual, google might be able to find it for you.  If it's a fancy one with electric start, you should probably disconnect the battery before doing anything to avoid accidentally pressing/kicking the start button.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:08

Hi James, Unfortunately I haven't got any recordings of the last few series of GW.  To be frank I don't enjoy it as much as I used to so I don't bother recording it anymore.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:28

I've nearly a hundred recordings of various gardening programs on my PC going back to 2005 so I'm all set - having a freesat/freeview TV card in the computer is really handy!

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:21

Tipping it over on the lawn is one 'wrong way', just in case of petrol leaks.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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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

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16
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