Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:28

It's Freeview 87 but timeshares with Pricedrop so most will need to use a recorder as the channel is only on 2am - 8am.  On satellite it's on all the time - Sky channel 539 but I watch it on Freesat channel 651.  The schedule is here:


Advice needed please

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:39

How about a Chaenomeles underplanted with a small evergreen Clematis?


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:25

Sunset was beautiful here too nut.  Everything in the garden turned orange for a few minutes but by the time I had found the camera I had missed the photo opportunity.

Advice needed please

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:22

That's about 80 litres so quite a decent size.  How about an evergreen Ceanothus or a Skimmia?


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:05

Well, that's all the bulbs in - Yay!   25 hyacinth were also delivered by the postman while I was planting them in the front garden so had to find room for those too.

Also repotted some Stargazer lillies which badly needed it - had a real job separating them as some campanulas had self-sown themselves into the pot so there was a huge tangle of roots.

I've just spotted a box of chocolate liqueurs the OH got in for Christmas - think I might have to nip to the shops tomorrow for replacements!


Wild Garden (Community Channel)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 16:56

Hi all, don't know of this has been mentioned before but I'm currently watching "Wild Garden" on the Community Channel.  It's quite good!  Bees & bats at the mo.


gardening jobs

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:53

Talking to students at work, it's absolutely normal these days to get no notifications from potential employers.  Something to do with hundreds of applications for every job I expect although it doesn't show UK businesses in a very good light.  The cost of a piece of paper and a stamp (or even a mobile text message) is no excuse in my opinion.  Keep trying gabs - I'm sure somone will recognize your enthusiasm!

Anemone Coronaria

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:38

They need light sandy soil so only do any good in raised beds for me (clay soil eveywhere else in my garden.)  For them to come back they need to be kept dry after they go dormant too.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:33

Some of them are made of corn starch and can be composted but the polystyrene ones are no good.  Pop one in a glass of water - if made of starch it will quickly melt.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 14:08

Yep 4thPanda, I think "my finger must have slipped" when I ordered the bulbs this year!   About 1/4 the way through the tulips now though.   I've resorted to digging large holes with the border fork and just tipping them in, then adjusting spacing and making sure they're the right way up before refilling.  It's relatively quick and the existing rooted clumps of other bulbs are coming up pretty much undamaged so go straight back in on top.  I do have a bulb planter but that'd take me until the cows come home and would slice through any daffs etc in the way.

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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

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