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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Create a feature using top soil

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 17:07

Hi Maria and welcome!  How about raised flower and/or vegetable beds?

 

What would be your perfect day.

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:22

Waking up in the morning then realising that I don't have to go to work anymore as I'd retired.  Just a few years to go (I hope - never know with governments like this one!)

capsicum and caterpillars HELP NEEDED!!!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:20

Once they get to that size, even nasty chemical sprays are pretty useless, let alone organic ones.  Hand picking and vigilance are your only effective weapon. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 15:16

There are 3 woodpigeons sitting on top of my row of runner beans and looking very sorry (and soggy) for themselves.  If they didn't scoff so much of the birdseed they might have been light enough to fly to somewhere more sheltered so I've little sympathy for these particular podgy pig(eon)s!

Momtbritia

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 14:06

I agree with Chimborazo.  The only way to get it flowering again is to dig out the choked mass of old corms, refresh the soil and replant the newest corms.  If you are going to all that trouble you may well as replace the montbretia with a much better behaved variety.  The common orange one is a real thug here on my clay soil and nothing will grow near it once it takes over. 

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:58

Just shows how changes in the path of the jet stream can affect things.  Great summer here but too dry even though just 30 miles away from my location they have had plenty of rain.  It was a warmer than normal winter then a very warm period followed by a cooler than normal start to the summer so many things got off to a flying start but then had their growth checked.  After that the sun went into overdrive but the rain stopped arriving, so it's been quite challenging.  All said and done, I've had excellent crops but some things are a bit behind (eg toms, beans.)

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 13:43

Bees can see ultraviolet light which is invisible to us.  Flowers look very different to them - see these articles if interested:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11971274

Some normal/UV comparison photos here:

http://natureodes.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/see-like-a-bee-ultraviolet-flower-photography-2/

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:36

The rain started at midnight here and hasn't stopped since (which I'm very thankful for!)  Like fidget, my garden is parched with soil dry down to at least a foot which I discovered when digging up some spuds the other day.  Planted 45 young leeks (well, quite old leeks actually - should have bunged them in weeks ago)  yesterday so they should now be nicely watered in!   One 50l bag of FYM per row dug in first, so they should have every chance of growing to a reasonable size.

If any of you have had enough of the rain, please ask Fairygirl to "magic it" this way - another 12h would be perfect!

Sick looking rhodi

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:21

There are a number of possible causes for the leaves of rhododendrons turning yellow.  Is there any chance you could take a close-up of one of the leaves which are part-green and part yellow please Lily?  We should then be able to diagnose the problem more accurately as the photo is too small to see clearly.

Likely and common causes are lack of food, drought, overwatering or alkaline soil.

Greenhouse dismantle and manual

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:59

Also never remove the glass from inside the greenhouse as it becomes very brittle over time (assuming horticultural glass) and the shards are lethal.  If you make sure no part of your body (or anyone elses!) is underneath a pane of glass when you remove it, you should be fine.  Try and transport it upright (say, stacked side by side in a strong cardboard or preferably wooden box) as several usually crack when stacked flat in the back of a car by the time you get home (experience speaking here!)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

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: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

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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