BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:20

In cases where you do need an outside light for safety, please make sure you point them at the ground where you need the light and not upwards into the sky!

LED ones have less environmental impact (and will be much cheaper to run) and please, please avoid those ghastly 500W ones with the glass tube-shaped bulbs.   

For movement activated lights, please take time to adjust them so that humans trigger them but not small animals.

All simple stuff which will limit the damage.

Spring bulbs sprout up

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:11

Nothing you can do Luba, but they will slow right down as soon as temperatures fall then will take off again in spring.

Prayer plant crispy leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:08

Easiest is to spray it daily with a hand-held mister.  Also make sure it's not getting too much light - they prefer low light levels.. but that's unlikely to be the problem today!

Bananas baby bananas

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 10:59

Neither are hardy in the UK (they are tropical fruits) so both need bringing indoors over winter.  I would also agree with cutting the fruiting stems off before they start to rot as they surely will.  Mangoes make reasonable houseplants for a few years but will get big (up to 100 feet in their native environment) although they usually die when a just a few feet tall.

What is this tool

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 02:05

I think it's a dandelion puller - they come in a multitude of designs.

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 00:00

As an astronomer, I absolutely hate the things.  Artificial lighting at night not only affects wildlife but us too!  Please take a read of some of these links:

http://darksky.org/light-pollution/wildlife/

http://www.britastro.org/dark-skies/wildlife.html

http://darksky.org/light-pollution/human-health/

Our local streetlamps now also go off at midnight which is wonderful - I can, at last, see the stars again!  

Most of the children I ask have NEVER seen the milky way which I find really sad!

What plant

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:31

It might be a Camellia like "Winter's star".

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 18:39

Glyphosate is inactivated and breaks down when it hits soil according to the manufacturers.  Are they telling untruths?

Grow Blueberries in Pots or Direct in Garden?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:54

Yes, raised beds with ericaceous soil of some description is your best option.  You can use elemental sulphur if you want to aviod peat-based products.  Do not try to acidify your chalky ground soil - you will be completely wasting your time:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=82

 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:49
jo47 wrote (see)

and exposure to even low levels of glyphosphate impairs honey bee navigation.... (Balbuena et al. July. 2015).

Good to know.

So never spray plants while they are in flower.

Simples.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
Replies: 37    Views: 1058
Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
Replies: 84    Views: 5520
Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

Replies: 18    Views: 797
Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
Replies: 3    Views: 330
Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
Replies: 3    Views: 432
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
Replies: 8    Views: 1308
Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
Replies: 10    Views: 943
Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1997
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 645
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 674
Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
Replies: 9    Views: 1285
Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
Replies: 12    Views: 1076
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 1101
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 1090
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 950
Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04
1 to 15 of 36 threads