BobTheGardener


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Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:37

Yes, all gardens have their own microclimate unless they are identical in all respects to the one next door.  Simply having a fence or hedge in a different place (eg West rather than East facing) will create conditions (eg shelter from prevailing wind) different enough that the same plant may survive in one but not in the other.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 15:04

I also love wandering around during Winter looking for signs of life.  Some things I regularly check are the clematis in mind of pruning in February - sometimes the buds get going a bit early during a mild period and then get killed by frost so they need pruning differently to the original 'plan'.  Noticed a few snowdrops just peeking above the soil while planting some bulbs yesterday (as well as a few Honey fungus rhizomes in new areas - grr!)  Lots of cyclamen hederifolium in places I didn't plant them - clearly spread by seed which have a high germination rate in my garden.  Looking forward to post solstice - always feel better in myself when the days start lengthening.  At the moment I can only get out in the garden at weekends and I'm not an early riser, so the light is gone before I get much done.

What ate my pumpkin?

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 14:42

If an old badger had lost both its upper and lower canines, those toothmarks would fit but I do think that's unlikely!  Are there similar marks on the inside (probably difficult to tell)?  If there is a squashed flat section instead, then it just might be deer (which have no upper teeth, just a boney plate.)  I'm with Dove though and if I was a gambing man, my money would be on humans, probably inebriated ones at that.

Winter Squash

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:01

Hi Sean, Squash are greedy feeders so adding well-rotted manure (or any good general purpose fertiliser) to the planting position will really help them to grow well.  Don't use fresh manure though - compost that first.  I can't answer the other questions.

Plant identification

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:28

That might work Gardenmaiden, particuarly the yellow one.  I noticed a Mahonia in the background of the photo in the original post - another plant on my wish list!

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:20

When digging up some potatoes today, I found an earwig about 4 inches down in the soil in a little 'pocket' it had made for itself.  I assume t was a female overwintering, ready to lay it's eggs in the Spring.

rasp/gooseberry and fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:07

Snap!

rasp/gooseberry and fruit trees

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:06

As soon as they have lost all of their leaves and are dormant.  Treat as you would when buying bare root trees and shrubs which are being sold by suppliers from now onwards.

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 18:03

Hi Megga, yes, that's the issue - you can't upload photo's directly from an iPad.  However, if you use an app to upload them to a photo site like Photobucket, you can use the little tree icon and use the link to your photo and it will then appear in your post.

I always use tap water for seedlings as (in my opinion) it is less likely to contain spores of fungi which may cause damping-off disease.  However I always use rainwater once they have grown beyond the pricking-out stage.

As others have said, ventilation is the only way to reduce condensation.  I have a solar panel which powers 12V fans (recycled from old computers) and that works even in Winter.  However, it's an unheated greenhouse and I only use it to provide a little extra protection for a few less-hardy potted plants - they still get well below freezing in there but do stay dry which really helps.

The demise of the front garden.

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:18

Well done GG!  Interesting about the neighbours now talking - just goes to show that seeing a bit of nature is good for human's social psychology.  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

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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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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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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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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