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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:52

What do you call a lady horse race enthusiast who is still wearing her Ascot flower covered hat at Christmas?

A seed head!  

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:14

Hi Sue, you don't need to do much to them while they're young other than removing any of the outer 'blades' when they begin to die or look untidy, and the old flowering stems in the spring.  If you have a large garden then they can look great when they reach full size (often 6 feet or more across at the base) but can overwhelm a small garden and are really tricky to remove once they reach a metre diameter at the base.  I had to remove one of that size about 5 years ago (using a chainsaw) and the 'stump' is still there, but (very) slowly rotting underneath the clematis I grew over it to hide it.. 

How to space climbers

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:37

Absolutely - I make new mistakes all of the time!  As one gains experience all it really means is that we have a larger number of past mistakes which we (hopefully) can remember in order to avoid repeating them in the future!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 09:27

Certainly are, FG!  Just found the single A4 sheet and there are only 6 words in total: "Set up greenhouse as below illustration".  Hmm, there is nothing below the illustration..

Luckily, I've always been able to build "flat-pack" type things without needing instructions which is a good job as It's a matter of having to in in this case!

 

Viburnam Tinus

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:40

The beetle eggs over-winter on the bark of the stems so cutting back now should remove a lot of them.  Keep an eye on it in April and May - if the new foliage is being badly attacked by the newly-hatched larvae, you could consider spraying.  Pyrethrum sprays are considered organic as that is derived from chrysanthemums. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:26

Morning all, glad that appears to be sorted - noticed a couple of 'latest posts' timed around 7.30 under the new nym but they didn't appear in the actual threads.

Will be planting my capsicum seeds in my home made heated propagator today (another thread the nym-shifter messed-up a bit ) and am going to assemble the frame for my new 4x2m polytunnel, so need to brush-up on my "chinglish" instruction sheet interpretation skills!  

upsetting sight

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:11

Mornin' PP.  Fingers crossed that your toad spawn turns into lots of tadpoles and eventually baby toads!  

upsetting sight

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 23:33

I've also heard about the liver thing so assume it was on TV at some point, either a documentary or a nature programme (perhaps Springwatch? - definitely the sort of thing Chris Packham would have picked-up on!)  I don't watch much else on TV to be honest!

Question about blueberries

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 23:15

Nut is right, but many blueberries (and the usual varieties sold) will self-pollinate to some extent.  Cross-pollination will produce better crops though.  As long as their flowering season overlaps, some cross-pollination will occur.  The ideal would be to have two different early, two different mid-season and two different late season varieties.   

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 19:09

That's gardening for you - there are no correct answers - each to their own.  If you want to grow something there then have it out.  Leaving dead stumps in may encourage Honey fungus and as someone who has that in his garden I would hoik it out in very short order.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 11/02/2014 at 11:06

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Last Post: 10/12/2013 at 12:21

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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Last Post: 21/10/2013 at 20:16

Bilberry

Flowering in September 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 13:20

Sparrows!

The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 09:26

why-all-the-hyphens-in-post-titles

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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 11:31

ID trumpet flower

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Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 11:41

Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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Last Post: 11/04/2013 at 18:55

New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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Last Post: 16/02/2013 at 19:01

Flower ID

Pink flowered perennial 
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Last Post: 10/07/2012 at 16:52

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

More of warning than a plea for help.. 
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