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any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:36

Whoever sent the message at the council may not have made them into proper hyperlinks.  Try highlighting the link using your mouse and press ctrl-c (copy) then start your web browser, click in the address bar at the top and press ctrl-v (paste.)

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:07

It's possible that your anti-virus software (or ISP) has detected viruses or other malware in those particular links on the affected email so is protecting you by refusing to open them.  Another possibility is a configuration issue - can you open links in other email messages?

 

A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:01

There are two ways to look at it Steve;  Either the slab will need to be strong enough to support the whole structure on the slab edges without it cracking, or you can lay proper foundations for the dwarf walls (which will then bear the weight) and later pour a thinner layer as the floor within those walls.  Personally I'd go for the latter as you can then tackle this yourself in sections.  If you choose the former, you will need all of the concrete pouring in one go, which probably means getting professionals in or hiring a fairly large concrete mixer and having a lot of space nearby to store all of the materials for the mix.

Sweet potato

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:46

One has decided to flower - looks like they'll open to be funnel-shaped, confirming their place in the ipomoea family:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58835.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I'll post another when one is fully open.

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:32

I've always taken that to mean you can grow them either way and choose whichever suits your growing space;  In a greenhouse I grow them as cordons, outdoors as a bush.

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:49

'appy birthday 'oggy!

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:47

You can grow them up trellis or netting etc.by tieing the stems to the supports every few inches but the problem then is that you have to provide individual support for each fruit otherwise the whole thing usually comes crashing down to the ground when the fruits become heavy!  Their normal habit is to creep along the ground so that's the best method if you have the space.

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:04

Tomato moth caterpillars are a likely culprit:

http://www.amateurgardening.com/top-tips/fruit-veg/watch-out-for-tomato-moth-caterpillar/

but I haven't had them nibbling chilies.  Yet.  You may have more than one pest of course.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:58

Toads are completely carnivorous and eat mainly insects and the odd slug, so it won't be old toady eating your crops.  I think your lettuces are still being eaten by slugs as copper barriers, while offering a degree of deterrence, are far from the perfect slug protection.  Your best bet is to go out at night (which is when slugs are active) with a torch and pick them off by hand (disposable gloves are good if you don't like touching them.)  What you do with them after that is up to you, but they will return if you simply move then elsewhere.  They get 'the snip' from a pair of secateurs here and laid to rest in the compost heap.

best tasting potatoes

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 18:43

I'll second Kestrel as a tasty 2nd early and add that it grows fine in the clay soil I have.  It has also proven itself resistant to keeled slug here.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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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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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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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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