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Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:19

Thanks for that idea PPam - I'll definitely try it as the tyre appears to only have a slow puncture so that stuff sounds ideal. 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 12:36

Glad things are going well Andy. 

Just started a light drizzle here so in for a cuppa.  When I filled the barrow with the 1st load of compost earlier, I couldn't push it - flat tyre, so had to find the pump.. 

Should have got a solid replacement wheel methinks - probably ran over some hawthorn prunings last time out - I often find those embedded in the soles of my gardening boots.

Pond Pests

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:55

Hi Kate, I'm no pond expert so it is going to be difficult to guess exactly what you have there.  I don't think emptying and refilling will ever work.  What you need to do is let the pond reach a natural balance so that the thousands of different natural pond flora and fauna will keep each other under control.  If you know anyone with a healthy pond, you could speed up that process by taking a bucket of water from it (include some silt from the bottom) and adding that to your pond which will introduce a wide range of them.  Adding a few pond fish and/or frogspawn will likely help too.

Just my tuppence worth!

Help please to stop ground covering plant spreading.

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:28

It normally appears in the Spring so good for the early varieties of bumble bees.  Not sure why vegman's ones are flowering now but reading the forum shows lots of things are a bit "confused" this year including some of my blueberries which started flowering a few weeks ago.  The recent frost here has put a stop to that though and there are still lots of nice fat flowering buds ready for the "proper" flowering period next Spring.

I have a few lesser celendine in established borders which only need mulching and they're fine there.  You do not want these in a veg plot or anywhere else that gets regularly cultivated though as that will cause them to spread uncontrollably. 


Posted: 17/11/2013 at 10:19

Mornin' folks, grey here but dry and not too cold so perfect for barrowing a couple of tons of compost around.  I need to empty one of the compost bins as I cut a large laurel back and have nowhere left to put the shreddings from that and the dahlias which have now all been frosted so are looking rather messy.  Kettle full so lots of tea breaks coming up so I can keep up with the forum!   

what's this green fatty?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:06
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Angle shades moth caterpillar? maybe.

I think your are right FB.  I find these throughout the Winter, often hiding under ground-hugging foliage where they overwinter.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:01

Something a bit different this time, a picture of a star forming region known as the Cocoon nebula taken with my Canon 350D attached to my telescope:

 This is the equivalent of approx. a 3 hour exposure (actually 38 five minute exposures combined by a process known as 'stacking'.) 


Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:31

It's possibly leek moth larvae.  Most sites say the caterpillars are green but Alys Fowler says creamy with brown head and legs.  Another possibility is Allium leaf miner.

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:27

An alternative which works in some situations is to sprinkle sharp sand over the decking boards.  It isn't ideal but I use it on a sloping bit of a path made from decking as I've gone "ar*e over t*t"  a couple of times when carrying plants to the GH in the dark.

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:24

Mine also never survive the Winter obelixx so I do the same as you and get the same result.  It means the new ones are quite late to flower but I don't mind that.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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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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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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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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