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Bee programme tonight

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:16

Very good.  The conclusion seemed to be that several factors are involved but the main problem is the destruction of diversity in habitat caused mainly by our agricultural methods.  A simple answer may be to have wider margins of wild flowers around fields and sowing strips of bee friendy flowers within existing fields.  Bees in cities seem to being doing well, almost certainly thanks to the diversity of plants we gardeners grow! 

just wondered

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 21:18

Yes, FG and as you correctly pointed out on another thread, pressing F5 (or clicking refresh) everytime one goes to a new thread or back to latest posts seems to keep things almost working!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 21:02

F5 is just a browser shortcut for 'refresh page' on a PC keyboard, fidget.  You should find a refresh button to click on whatever browser on whatever phone/pad/etc you're using.

Greenhouses

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 19:34

Strange, my previous reply didn't appear but it show in 'my posts', so here goes again:

Hi Simon, you'll likely get as many different opinions as replies - everyone has their own view. For what it's worth, mine are: 1) aluminium frame, pre-coloured (powder coated) if you want that. 2) safety glass - expensive but the only type that will last for many years and essential if there are children or accident-prone (!) folk about. 3) for a GH of that size you want at least 2 windows and 2 louvres. Extra windows and vents usually add significantly to the price and much more so with some suppliers than others, so cost these in when comparing.

Greenhouses

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 19:28

Hi Simon, you'll likely get as many different opinions as replies - everyone has their own view.  For what it's worth, mine are: 1) aluminium frame, pre-coloured (powder coated) if you want that. 2) safety glass - expensive but the only type that will last for many years and essential if there are children or accident-prone (!) folk about. 3) for a GH of that size you want at least 2 windows and 2 louvres.  Extra windows and vents usually add significantly to the price and much more so with some suppliers than others, so cost these in when comparing.

What is it -2

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:57

If I ever buy mixed seed I sort it into separate piles of identical seeds as far as I can and sow them separately to avoid the issue nutcutlet describes.  Time consuming and fiddly it is but I do like surprises and you never know what you are getting in some mixes.

HELP sheared weeping cherry branch

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:52

Hi Karen, it will heal itself naturally over time but it might be a good idea to support the branch to prevent the wind from breaking it off where the wound will make the wood weaker.  You could tie it to a cane or two to hold the branch in place until it has healed.  Using glue or anything else would slow the healing process down at best.

Ideas wanted for a shade loving climber that flower

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:20

There are lots of clematis that will grow perfectly happily in shade or on North facing walls etc.  The problem is choosing from the hundreds that are suitable!

sign off

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:13

Which web browser and version are you using Alan?  One quick fix is to install and use a different one for this site such as Chrome if you are currently using Internet Explorer.  A proper fix may be to clear the 'cookies' of the one you use at present, but how you do that depends on what it is.

Plum tree pruning advice

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 18:57

tamsinnwales, yes, cut off the low branches which touch the ground and do it now to avoid silver leaf disease which is more likely if you prune plums in the Winter.  Cut them cleanly almost flush with the trunk, slightly beyond the collar (which is a ring of bark at the base of every branch on a tree.)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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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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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

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