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Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

wot's a pop up box

It's the computer version of a Jack-in-the-box, nut! 

Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:17

The 50l growsure FYM from Wickes is pretty good stuff - 3 for a tenner.

Tips on growing Coli's

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:45

Growing good cauli's is tricky for even the experienced Baza.  Some tips:

  • Never let them dry out, even when seedlings
  • Plant them when they have about 5 true leaves and plant them deep, right up to the bottom leaves
  • Never let them dry out
  • Firm them in when planting using your foot
  • Never let them dry out
  • Earth them up as they grow so there is very little bare stem showing
  • Never let them dry out
  • Feed them with a high-nitrate feed like nettle tea
  • and, in case I didn't mention it, never let them dry out!

Who Can Put A Name To This Thing?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 18:32

Yes, it's a sedum but difficult to tell them apart until the flowers are fully open.

Cutting down a medium sized sycamore and grinding out the stump

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 18:33

Yes, I have several in my borders.  You can even go for the 'patio' type which don't need much room at all, as those can be grown in large pots.  I just make sure nothing 'rampant' is planted too close to them!

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:50

That would certainly work - worm castings contain good stuff!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:49

Snap pansyface!

Wots This?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:48

Large Elephant hawk-moth I think Dan.

Opinions on 'worm tea'?

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 20:12

Worm tea comes from the bottom of a proper worm composter.  I'm pretty sure that a special kind of worm is used in those, not earthworms.  Edd is our expert on vermiculture although he may be on hiliday at the momemnt.  Have a look at this thread:


Cornflowers for next year

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 15:38

But do collect some seed so you can start them off in trays in spring if nothing comes up or the slugs have the self-sown seedlings.  Belt and braces. 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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New trees 
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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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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

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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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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