BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

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. 

HELLO FORKERS!

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:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34057.jpg?width=241&height=350&mode=max

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

Leeks

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.

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:13

It might, but probably depends on make & model.  If you haven't got the manual, google might be able to find it for you.  If it's a fancy one with electric start, you should probably disconnect the battery before doing anything to avoid accidentally pressing/kicking the start button.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:08

Hi James, Unfortunately I haven't got any recordings of the last few series of GW.  To be frank I don't enjoy it as much as I used to so I don't bother recording it anymore.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:28

I've nearly a hundred recordings of various gardening programs on my PC going back to 2005 so I'm all set - having a freesat/freeview TV card in the computer is really handy!

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