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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wire tensioner

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:37

"Turnbuckle" is the technical term - screwfix do a range of zinc plated ones from under a pound each.  Choose one that has loops/hooks which are bit thicker than your wire, so a 5mm one with 2mm wire for example, otherwise the hooks may bend when you tighten them.  Stainless steel ones will last a lifetime (likely longer than the wire itself) but cost a fair bit more.

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:13

Wildlife will use any source of water.  I have a belfast sink which was used as a water feature, with a plasterer's bucket hidden underneath acting as a resevoir and containing a small pump which fed an old copper kettle with water running from the spout.  A couple of years ago the pump died and I was going to use the sink as a planter this spring instead.  Until I lifted the sink and found a frog happily swimming in the plasterer's bucket underneath, that is!  Left it as it is for now until I can come up with another more frog-friendy idea!


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:01

It's geat stuff nut.  I've not bought any kind of liquid feed for well over 20 years and use it on everything.  Leave some for the compost heap too though - a brilliant accelerator as you know.

help please

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 22:55

Could it be some sort of creeping campanula?  They have roots a bit like that and some of them can be very invasive.  We will have a better idea from seeing it in-situ, so look forward to the new photo.


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 21:12

If they are growng well but the flowers are being eaten before blooming, check for caterpillars of the delphinium moth.  They wrap a leaf or two around themselves for protection which is how to spot them.  If you find any, squash them between the leaves they are hiding in.  To prevent them next year, cut the plants right down to the ground at the end of the year as the larvae overwinter inside the hollow dead stems.

Grape Vine

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 21:07

If it's in the ground, no idea.  If in a pot, either lack of water or possibly vine weevil.


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 21:06

I'm still using 2 year old stuff with great success, so I think you'll be fine.

deadly nightshade?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 21:02

Agree, it's aquilegia vulgaris, commonly called granny's bonnet.

Strawberry feeding

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 19:22

Hi Aileen, by far the easiest thing to do is use a liquid feed.  Tomato feed is ideal.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:34
Singy wrote (see)

there is no funny story behind mine, it's my nickname which is shorten from my surname.

That's ruined my image of you pottering around the garden singing to yourself!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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