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what is this vegetable? ID please

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 20:43

Cut off and eat those delicious shoots before they go to flower.  It will keep producing new shoots further down for quite some time.

Fibre pot or plastic pots?

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 19:45

I used to use fibre pots but don't bother anymore as I found the small 7 or 9cm square black plastic ones give the best results.  When I did use fibre pots I found they needed to be inside plastic pots anyway to prevent them drying out.

rats

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 16:13
MAGGIE BRAY wrote (see)

help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have rats on my bird table.  only 2 at the moment.  

does anybody know how to get rid of the rats but i don`t want to kill them JUST YET. tried chilli powder, onion powder, extra strong garlic.  have the only 2 rats who like hot spicy stuff.

does anybody know if the squirrel guards work on rats.  they are not house rats but field rats because i back on to a field and we live in a semi rural area.

they are coming very regular now even in daylight.  have named them Henry and Jack because they are male rats (i shall say no more)

 

maggie

Only 2 brown rats at the moment you say.  Hmm.  The gestation period is 21 days and they have up to 14 young, so don't leave it too long..  Not much will stop them other than the grim reaper I found.  Almost as athletic as squirrels and thought nothing of jumping a couple of feet from a nearby fence (which they used like it was an elevated pavement) over to the bird table, defeating all my attempts to prevent them climbing the bird table stand!

greenhouse thermometer

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:39

Funnily enough I don't use my weather station in the greenhouse - for that I use a cheap max/min thermometer from wilko.   My weather station is primarily for my other hobby, astrophotography.   With just 4 clear nights since Christmas, I'll use anything I can to try and catch one or 20,000 pounds worth of equipment just sits there laughing at me!    Wrong country for astronomy I fear!

 

clematis pruning

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 19:23

Young clematis (1-2 years old) should really all be cut back to about 30cm or the lowest pair of buds, regardless of which group they are.  This will result in much better plants in years to come.

Transplanting a rose

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 22:46

Verdun, I also always have to check that one!

Magnolia grandiflora

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 18:35

It might need a good feed then - sandy soils lose nutrients easily.  Try giving it a mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure - about 2 inches deep in a circle of about 6 feet diameter around the trunk would do it the world of good.  Don't let the manure touch the trunk.  It's best to grow trees with circle of grass and weed-free soil around the trunk if you aren't already doing that.  If you are already doing all of the right things then please post a few photo's (at least one close-up of both sides of a leaf) as we may be able to spot any diseases.

Transplanting a rose

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 18:24

Agree with Hostafan.  Might be worth dusting the roots with rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi while you have it out of the ground.  The tiny feeding roots will get some damage however careful you are and this will help them take in nutrients, especially while it grows new ones.

Large thread continuation

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:33

I agree with Steve, Nora.  It's particularly handy for mobile devices with small screens on which you need to scroll up quite a long way to get back to the top.  I suggested this on another forum (footy) I use and they initially said no, but a few weeks later it mysteriously happened!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:21

Overnight, Lizzie?  Slugs/snails are the most likely.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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