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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:02

Happy birthday mate!

A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:57

There's no single answer to that - depends on the weight being supported and the type of ground you have.  Digging a 15cm foundation and filling with hardcore as a base (and then compacted), with a 15cm layer of concrete on top of that would be more than sufficient for such a slab supporting a single story wood and glass structure I would think.  That's what I used as a foundation for my conservatory.

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:56

It's something in the Solanum family - not sure what.

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:45

You should still be able to highlight the link using a touchpad - they are just an alternative to a mouse.  See here:


Sweet potato

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:06

Philippa, I've trained them up strings to about 4 feet high but they are still growing and now tumbling back down, so the longest shoots are 6 feet plus.  They have also sent out many more shoots both from the ground and from leaf axils and are rampant!  Where they trail along the ground they are rooting too!

The flower spike looks bigger than it really is - the flower about to open is only about an inch long.  They are these:


Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:44

I know you're joking Verdun, but it's easy - just buy lots of expensive young plants (the more expensive the better) and plant them all over your garden.  When the slugs and snails have finished all of those off, they will then start on the weeds.  If you're lucky - they may just decide all of the tasty stuff has gone and move away to fresh pastures!

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:36

Whoever sent the message at the council may not have made them into proper hyperlinks.  Try highlighting the link using your mouse and press ctrl-c (copy) then start your web browser, click in the address bar at the top and press ctrl-v (paste.)

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:07

It's possible that your anti-virus software (or ISP) has detected viruses or other malware in those particular links on the affected email so is protecting you by refusing to open them.  Another possibility is a configuration issue - can you open links in other email messages?


A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:01

There are two ways to look at it Steve;  Either the slab will need to be strong enough to support the whole structure on the slab edges without it cracking, or you can lay proper foundations for the dwarf walls (which will then bear the weight) and later pour a thinner layer as the floor within those walls.  Personally I'd go for the latter as you can then tackle this yourself in sections.  If you choose the former, you will need all of the concrete pouring in one go, which probably means getting professionals in or hiring a fairly large concrete mixer and having a lot of space nearby to store all of the materials for the mix.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

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


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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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

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.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1138
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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