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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Butternut squash

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 19:47

I leave them on my unheated conservatory windowsills and they last for months.  Anywhere cool, dry and frost-free should be fine though.  Do inspect them regularly - any hint of softness may indicate they are starting to go off inside but if you catch them early soft parts can be cut out before cooking (I absolutely love them cut into chunks, seasoned with salt, black pepper, olive oil and roasted!)


Posted: 30/10/2013 at 19:33

Fairygirl will have to fly over me on the way, Verd.  Better ride sde-saddle as I have my telescope out tonight!

Xmas bulbs

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:58

Don't worry, Kiwijo, they'll know which way is up once they are planted. Any kinks in the stem will be hidden under the compost.  Get them in as soon as possible is my advice.

wire worm

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:55

If you have the space you could turn the soil out onto ground control fabric or similar and let the birds do the work.  I did this to my raised strawberry bed which was infested with vine weevil grubs and the birds (particularly one blackbird) carefully sifted through and cleared the lot!  I raked it over every day for a few days to make sure none of the little blighters could hide.

Seeds I've collected

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:48

Anywhere cool and dry CG - no need to use the fridge.  Paper bags are perfect.  If any of them need stratificationm sow them now and bung them outside in a coldframe/cold GH or sheltered by a house wall etc. to keep the rain off.  Quite a few seeds need to go through a cold spell before they'll germinate, or will have a better germination rate if they do.

Talkback: How to take verbena cuttings

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 18:43

They should do Beany if you don't over-water them - best kept on the dry side.


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 19:51

FG - no!  I have received lots of other bulbs but the tulips "Will be despatched in November, when they are ready" is the latest message!  I don't really mind with tulips as I always plant them later anyway but why send a message saying they have been despatched in the first place when they hadn't, then a message saying they must have got lost so they will send another lot by the end of the week, before the latest message?  

Still, there are now 150 crocus, 50 multi-headed daffs, 225 anenome, 50 fritilaria and 25 ipheion in the ground so it should look good even sans tulipa!



Posted: 27/10/2013 at 18:59

Hi Sushichick & welcome!  Planting them into holes made with a dibber is to help blanch the lower part of the leek which is usually what is eaten.  You can do the same thing by raising a mound of soil around each leek.  This is known as 'earthing up.'  By doing that you prevent light reaching the lower part and it turns white/light green instead of dark green (which is what blanching means in this context.)


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 18:47

Gone calm here too - for now..  FG, I don't know that one but one I can recommend as it has a beautiful scent and tends to come back well for me is Ballerina. It's orange so may not fit in with some colour schemes but it looks great in combo with the pastel blue forget-me-nots which come up all over my garden every year.

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:36
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I shut everything up as tight as possible, but my garden tends to be protected. I'm more worried about a tree falling on it.

Too right fidget - doesn't do them any good at all:

 That was an 8x6 a few hours before (photo from 17th Oct 2002)  A different viewpoint:



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