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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Hydrangea Soil PH?

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 12:08

White ones will stay essentially white but the blooms can become tinged with pink or blue as they age.  Which colour they turn is probably more down to genetics than anything else.

raise my lawn

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 21:03

Jack, moss is usually a sign of poor drainage so I would rotovate it, adding enough sharp sand and well-rotted farmyard manure to improve drainage and add nutrients respectively.  This will also raise the level.  Add as much as you need to get the level you require.  Personally, I wouldn't even bother to remove the moss before doing the above but you could scrape the surface off and dispose if really bad.

Blackberry Fence

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 13:18

With blackberries, the stems which have fruited in the current year need cutting right back to the ground in early winter and you tie the new unfruited stems which grew to the framework and those will provide next year's fruit.  Given that, it's probably not suited to what you want as there is no permanent part of a blackberry bush which would become a hedge as such.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:43

aym, Just google 'parasene soil warming cable'.  I think I got mine from Amazon.  The same suppliers will usually have thermostats too, which you'll need to keep things at a constant temperature.  The ones with a temperature probe on a cable are best as you just push this into the soil in a tray, or into the sand bed, and set the temperature you want.

Upcyle

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:39

Hammerite is expensive but good stuff.  It's one of the few paints you can use on metal without having to remove every trace of rust which is difficult or impossible in some cases.

Growing chilli's

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:35

Definitely start in small (eg 7cm) pots or modules (those windowsill propagators they sell in Wilko's are great for this.).  Transplant in stages to slightly bigger pots when you see the roots reaching the sides, but not until they are at least 5cm tall.  They will grow much better this way and watering is easier to control.  Seeds planted in large pots often rot because the compost is too damp and there is no way to dry it out once seeds are planted.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 09:07

I made one a couple of years ago and posted a thread on here about it with photo's, if anyone is interested in making one themselves:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/tools-and-techniques/diy-heated-propagator/226761.html

 

grenhouse pests

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 18:57

The two most likely are slugs/snail and mice.  Look under your trays or modules for slugs etc.  If no sign, try a mouse trap or leave some food on the ground and see if it disappears.  Mice are excellent climbers.

Old Tennis Court!!!

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:49

Prodding with a fork won't tell you much about how it has been constructed - a section needs to be taken, as I said, Lyn.

Daffodils

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:31

Stuart, usually they grow blind if they were previously in a congested clump or if the leaves were tied/prematurely removed.  If you let this year's leaves die back naturally, they will build-up the bulbs and I'm sure you will be rewarded with a nice display from next year and onwards.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

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

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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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
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