Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Mobile Phones.

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 11:31

I finally relented when my parents got to an age where they might need to contact me urgently and that has proven valuable many times.  However, the most useful thing on it is an app that shows me exactly where the buses are on my route so no more waiting in the rain as I can now arrive just a minute before the bus arrives.  As I only use public transport (dumped motorcycles and cars decades ago - hated the experience of driving), it's a genuine boon.  I don't use it as a phone much and don't often use it for web browsing or email as, even though it's a top-of-the-range model, the technology is pretty rubbish compared to a PC with adverts and poor web page layouts making the experience quite painful.  Having said that, the thing has reminded me of appointments which had slipped my mind on many more than one occasion!  At £5 a month the cost isn't an issue.
I am in control of the technology I use and not a slave to it, which is where I do see issues with many others.  To interrupt a real conversaion just because your phone rings or a text arrives is nothing less than rude and if someone does that to me I simply return the favour and walk away from them.

Kiwi fruit

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 11:12

See here:

However, if the plant has been grown from seed (I have several grown from supermarket fruit), you'll be extremely lucky if you ever see a flower, I certainly have not in about 15 years!

You should be OK with Jenny or one of the others bred to grow in the UK as long as you have it in full sun and in a sheltered position (grown against a south-facing wall would be ideal.)

greenhouse plants.

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 19:29

Agree with the above.  What you can do next year is sow many seeds when they are naturally produced by plants, usually in late August.  They will germinate and grow a little, then slow down as the temperature and light levels drop.  Keeping them in the cold greenhouse will protect them from the worst of the winter and slugs etc. and give you a head start in the spring.  Good flower seeds for doing that with include aquilegia, aconitum, delphinium, hardy geranium, lupin, salvia & verbascum.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:10

Hi all, I've not managed to get out into the garden for over a week as I picked up a dose of flu (and proper flu, not 'man flu'!)   Feeling much better today (at last) and ready to go back to work only to see the forecast!

Just hope I don't end up with 'old moania' as we call it around here!


Posted: 28/11/2016 at 18:48

Graham, how old are the raspberry canes themselves?  The reason I ask is that viruses tend to build up in them over time which reduces their health and cropping potential so it might well be worth digging everything up, replenishing the soil and starting again with fresh stock.

PS: to answer your question, their is no weedkiller which is that selective and, personally I would never use weedkiller anywhere near and edible crop of any kind;  It's just not worth the risk as new unexpected side-effects of once-throught-safe pesticides and herbicides are being discovered all of the time.

Last edited: 28 November 2016 19:01:13

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 15:54
jeninkent says:


Citation, or this is pure armchair 'expertise.' And please don't tell me to 'Google it.'

See original post

 Certainly.  USGS:

Google is only useful if you are able to eliminate results based on 'armchair' science, of course.

Edit: Oops, just spteed Ob has already posted that one.  This one is from the British equiuvalent and is a peer-reviewed paper:

Last edited: 28 November 2016 16:02:18

Climate Change?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:46

The contribution of CO2 from volcanoes is less than 1% of that from humans burning fossil fuel.  This gives some perspective to the huge amount of damage we are causing, all by our little selves.

New pond

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 23:13

Don't despair, GD.  Others have had similar problems and have overcome them. Hopefully, you'll get some inspiration from these links:

up the garden parth

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 18:59

I can't remember what he called it, but search for 'self-binding gravel' and I'm sure you'll find the right stuff.

Cow manure

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 21:48

You can test it yourself using broad bean seeds, as described near the bottom of this page:

Last edited: 20 November 2016 21:50:02

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