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Football season - 2014

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:42

Well, the Foxes just beat ManU 5-3 after being 1-3 down!  Couldn't be happier!

lawns

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 14:32

There are a couple of problems doing that.  Because of the slope you will need to remove some of the old turf where it meets the new section anyway, otherwise you can't make a level join.  Personally, I'd remove all of the old turf which will make levelling the whole area much, much easier.  The other problem is that the new turf may not match the old turf (eg a different combination of grass species) and the join may always stay visible and start to annoy you in the future.  If you do remove the old turf and stack it grass side down somewhere out of the way for a few months, you will create some rather nice soil for use on your borders or for potting etc. 

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 13:31

Nope, fine in reflected daylight but I wouldn't store any kind of stored food (dried or not) in direct sunlight indoors, with the exception of squashes for ripening.

 

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:33

My Borlotti beans have done very well this year - better than the runners.  Many are now dry on the plants and I'll soon harvest the lot.  They will then go on a teatray and be left in the conservatory until completely dry after which into jars with a few mm of salt at the bottom (which helps keep them dry.)  They look great in the kitchen - almost seems like a shame to use them!

Beans for drying- now what?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:21

Hi Bekkie, in general all dried beans should be soaked for 24h before being used in cooking.  There are exceptions (eg dishes which are slow-cooked for several hours which gives the beans time to absorb liquid) but soak first and you can't go wrong. 

How to beat this weed?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 12:17

As Dove said, a closer photo would help but the large leaved ones look very much like Foxgloves (a wild flower) to me which are biennial (ie they take 2 years to flower, then die) and will send up a tall flower spike next year;  I would keep those:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/5862/i-Digitalis-purpurea-i/Details

Foxglove seeds will be in the soil and can last for decades so will probably keep coming back forever - if you don't want them, just dig them up when you see them appear.

I think you also have brambles (smaller serrated leaved ones with spiky stems) and those are rather invasive so should be dug up, removing all of the roots if you can:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=256

If you don't want any of these plants, dig the area over.  If you don't plant anything else and leave bare soil, weeds will constantly keep appearing, so either plant things you want in the area, or you'll just have to be prepared to keep weeding it.

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 17:43

Happy birthday Lily and belated ones to anyone I've missed recently - been a bit too busy to keep up!

What's been your best garden freebie?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 17:40

One of the major suppliers sent me a Magnolia tree with a nice apology letter and a voucher.  I didn't order it and as I knew it wouldn't survive the return journey intact, I had to plant and keep it (purely for the health of the tree, you understand!)

Kind of makes up for the rather poor service I have had from them in previous years..

Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:03

For a red version of the extremely flavoursome Sungold (which are orange) cherry tomatoes, I have not found anything to beat Suncherry Premium (F1).  They are slightly small than Gardener's Delight but are less prone to splitting and seem to have better disease resistance.  The downside is that the seeds are rather expensive from some of the well-known suppliers (one charges the equivalent of over 60p each!) so worth shopping around.  I usually grow about 10 varieties every year and am always trying different varieties but Sungold and Suncherry are permanently on my 'definites' list.

Yellow poppy - is it Icelandic poppy?

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 18:58

I agree Forester - all of my welsh poppies (and there are hundreds!) are single and that one looks semi-double so likely a cross etc.  Worth keeping and seeing what the seeds produce. 80% of mine are yellow with the rest orange.

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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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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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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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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