BobTheGardener


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Belfast Sink

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 13:41

The plughole is usually big enough to provide enough drainage in a Belfast sink but yours is probably blocked by soil and/or roots.  This often happens if they are placed flat on the ground.  Remove the soil and unblock the plughole then place the sink on four bricks to leave a gap underneath it.  As MrMahonia says, place some broken pots over the plughole which will help to prevent it becoming blocked again when you refill it with soil.

Gardener's World about to start now!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:25

Well, they took BBC3  off air and put it on the internet, so why not do the same to sport?  That way they can control who watches it and get reliable viewing figures.  Half of Europe watch freesat without paying a licence fee!

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:18

I thought it was the Davis cup this time.  Just checked and it's golf instead.  The tennis is on for most of the rest of the day though..

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 23:03

Tennis again Cloggie.

Heuchera obsidian

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:46

Like Fairygirl I don't have H. obsidian either but I do have lots heucheras and all my dark leaved ones have done well in shade.  In fact, the only ones that didn't do well were planted in full sun which is why I moved them.  Fairy: I use other heucheras (yellow and lime green) to set off the dark ones.  Citronelle and Key Lime Pie almost glow in the dark!

Imagination required!

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 22:19

Well done Laura, you've turned an awkward area you couldn't really use for anything into a lovely new place with lots of possibilities!   Looks great even before you've planted it up.

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 21:00

Same time 8.30pm next Wednesday too!

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Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:30

I just remembered Monty mentioning it's on today instead of Friday!

What happened when I was away?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:25

Looks like leaf miners Berkley although check for small caterpillars - there seem to be a lot about affecting erysimums this year.  Not much you can do other than cut back , scrape a layer of soil from beneath them (to remove any leaf miner pupae which drop once they have eaten their fill) and replace with a bit of compost etc and give them a feed.  Leaf miner damage looks bad but doesn't cause lasting effects.

What's wrong with this Hydrangea?

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 20:04

Most fungi are specific to a host plant so it's unlikely to affect anything else.  Good luck and I hope it picks up soon.  A decent bit of sun is what it (and everything else!) needs.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

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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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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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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