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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

black bugs

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 21:03

Did they look like these (vine weevils)?

Nemasys did work for me on my strawberry plants which were being decimated.


Help needed!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 19:03

I agree with you nut and normally go with "if it isn't broke, don't fix it".

All I can say is that I've now upgraded two PCs (one from Windows 7 and one from Windows 8.1) and it worked ok both times.  We are upgrading to 10 at work and as I do IT support as part of my job I thought I'd better get some experience first!

It all went much more smoothly than I anticipated and the Start button works much like it did in 7.  However, there are a few privacy settings you might want to change if you do it (these relate to sharing your location etc with advertisers) - I turned just about everything off, which is done on screens which pop-up when the upgrade is complete.

how to save my tree

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 18:52

Fir trees will never grow back from bare wood so I would have the affected ones removed.  If you want to replace them with new young trees, you will have to have the roots removed and improve the soil (eg add a few barrows of well-rotted manure) as it will now be in very poor condition because fir trees take all of the nutrients out.

Help needed!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 18:43
Lyn wrote (see)

If you click on the persons name and not their avatar it works for messaging.

if you click on the quote,then click unquote then click in the posting box, then click the quotation marks, it works, bit fiddly though.

You are right about the messaging - it does work if you click their name rather than the avatar, Lyn.

Help needed!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 18:40
jo47 wrote (see)

Did you try GW on Windows 10 BobTheGardener? 

Yes, that's what I'm posting with right now.

However, I am using firefox which was already installed before I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to 10.  It survived the upgrade intact with all my favourites and settings, including Adblock plus.

Edit:  PS, I don't think messaging is working for anybody at the moment.

ID please

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 18:29

I'm pretty sure it's a campanula of some kind.  Magnificent stand of purple isn't it!

Edit: Oops - I think fidget has it right - phlox.

Help needed!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 18:25

Just did the free upgrade to Window 10 and am happy to say everything works.

I'm still using Firefox with adblock plus for the forum as the new Windows 10 browser (called Edge) doesn't seem to allow an ad-blocker at the moment.

Cutting down Poppies

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 16:40

Liz, opium poppies are annuals so only last one season.  If you wait until the seed head ripens (goes brown) you can collect the seed and sow it where you want them next year.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 12:35

We need a photo of the whole plant and a close-up of the leaves really, sealighter.

Littleo problem with low growing weeds

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 12:32

Hi Mark,

Those look mainly like Forget-me-not seedlings.  Did you have this growing in the general area in the Spring?:


While they can be classed as a weed, I find them useful groundcover over winter and they produce a beautiful carpet of sky-blue in the spring through which my bulbs emerge.

However, if you don't want them then you can keep hoeing them off.  Hoeing might be difficult on such a stony soil so one alternative is to lay down some bark chippings (at least 2 inches deep or it isn't worth doing) which will stop the seeds germinating.



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