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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!

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:21

Tipping it over on the lawn is one 'wrong way', just in case of petrol leaks.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:19

Morning all, just in for a cuppa after pulling miles of ivy from the surface of the long bed.  It's amazing how many 'runners' grow from the wild hedge at the back over a year (plus all of the new self-seeded ones of course.)

Still, at least it's done.  Last year I 'forgot' about it until the Spring and then I couldn't get it all out because of all the bulbs coming through which I didn't want to damage.

Right, now refreshed for stage two so out with the saw, sledgehammer and screwdriver!

Green figs

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:10

They can sometimes survive the Winter and ripen next year giving an early crop, so try leaving them on - if they get too frosted they'll fall off by themselves.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:07

Temperatures in the negatives here early this morning between 5 and 9am and feels very nippy now at +3C and falling.  Job for tomorrow was to finish replacing the timber on my long raised border but I think cutting back all of the dahlias will now need to be added to the list.  If anyone notices a bite taken out of one of those scones it wasn't me, 'onest guv! 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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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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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.. 
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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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

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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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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