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Poo, top soil and compost.

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 11:33

Wickes do bagged well-rotted FYM which, with their 3 for 2 offer, works out at about 80 quid per 1000l.  The 50l bags are relatively easy to handle, too.  Delivery is 25 I think.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 00:27

It will work Ivyhouse but you are unlikely to get nicely shaped long roots although if you cut the bottoms off of the peat pots before sowing and plant them out as soon as they have germinated, you might be OK.

Where to buy pink fir apple seed potatoes?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 23:57

Mr Fothergills have them.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:23

Visiting one of my aunts & uncles (can't remember which ones) who grew veg.  We lived in a Victorian terrace at the time with no garden to speak of, so it was a magical experience for a 4-5 year old.  All I can remember is scoffing peas picked from what seemed like endless, hugely tall rows of greenery!

Best water butts?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 20:42

Whatever you get Madge, remember that you need to get a watering can underneath the tap, so it needs to be on a base of some kind.  You can buy a suitable base with many of them, but those often cost nearly as much as the butt itself!  I made a base using several layers of breeze blocks.

whats gone wrong??????????

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 20:32

We hardly had a Winter last year lorr - it only went below freezing twice here (East midlands.)  In normal Winters, they need protection from any degree of frost which they may not have had this Wiinter in an unheated greenhouse.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 20:29

A nice, fairly easy, climber is common Morning Glory:


Odd corrections?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:41

It depends on OS version, browser make and version and even whether you happen to have a word processor installed in some cases.  Because of that I'll only give a fix for Windows 8: Settings, PC settings, PC and Devices, Typing.  Turn off 'Autocorrect mispelt words'


Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 19:16

Italiophile is right, I used to grow 'fartichokes' and tried really hard to ensure that I removed all of the tubers, but was still getting volunteers about 8 years after I 'stopped' growing them!  By pulling the new shoots up whenever I saw one, they did eventually give up though.  Personally I like them roasted but that didn't help at all with their 'sheet-lifting' properties!

Bekkie - you will likely get between 10 and 25 tubers from each one planted if your ground is fertile.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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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


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.. 
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