BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Climate Change?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:46

The contribution of CO2 from volcanoes is less than 1% of that from humans burning fossil fuel.  This gives some perspective to the huge amount of damage we are causing, all by our little selves.

New pond

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 23:13

Don't despair, GD.  Others have had similar problems and have overcome them. Hopefully, you'll get some inspiration from these links:


http://www.pondkeeper.co.uk/articles/pond-liner-pond-build-stage-c--smoothing-the-ground.asp


http://www.gardenguides.com/88217-make-pond-rocky-ground.html

up the garden parth

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 18:59

I can't remember what he called it, but search for 'self-binding gravel' and I'm sure you'll find the right stuff.

Cow manure

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 21:48

You can test it yourself using broad bean seeds, as described near the bottom of this page:


http://www.growyourown.info/page164.html

Last edited: 20 November 2016 21:50:02

First attempt at a leaf mould pen

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 17:47

Looking super, Ash!  I'm certain that you'll get some good stuff out of that.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 16:15

The weather wasn't as bad as expected so planted another 250 bulbs today, mainly species tulips.  Like Terry, I also found some bulbs which had been forgotten about!  Those looked in good nick so am hopeful that they will come up in spring.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 22:53

Looks like you're getting the brunt of it GD and it's heading for southern England.  Stay safe indoors - those winds are being estimated to reach 80mph!

Identify please

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:22

I'm at a bit of a loss too.  The way the leaves join the roots and the roots themselves, remind me very much of leeks.

Phormium

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 21:10

That's going to take a lot of hard work!  Start by removing the leaves using very sharp secateurs or even a stanley knife - they are tough and fibrous (its common name is New Zealand flax and flax is used to make rope!)  I would dig a trench all around it, then start working under it, severing roots with a sharp spade etc. as you go.  A mattock would probably be my tool of choice for attacking the roots.

Who's the culprit?

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 20:21

Looks like textbook adult vine weevil damage, Charlotte.


http://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/fruitarticles/pest-disease/vine-weevil.php

Last edited: 19 November 2016 20:23:34

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Last Post: 11/07/2016 at 17:34

Canary

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

Vine weevils

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

Huge pest problem

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

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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

Drought

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

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

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

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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