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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 22:21

Overnight, Lizzie?  Slugs/snails are the most likely.

Out od date seeds

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:52

Yes, lettuce seeds are one of the longest lasting Hostafan.  Nice little list here:


Magnolia grandiflora

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 18:43

How old is it Rosemary, where do you have it planted and what sort of soil is it in?  They do need a bit of shelter from wind, so an open aspect is not ideal.

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:39

Same here - those show-off purple/blue little reticulas generally flower at the same time as snowdrops, I find.

Out od date seeds

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 22:36

If the seeds germinate, the plants will be as good as those from fresh seed Lily.  The only problem is the germination rate might be very poor with old seeds.  If any of the packets have been opened before, they are probably not worth bothering with though.

phoning a 0344. number

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 18:39

The absolute best way to deal with unwanted calls is to have caller ID enabled on your line and get a caller blocking phone (BT do an excellent one.)  I've gone from 5 to 10 PPI type calls a day to none within 2 weeks.  They still call but the phone doesn't ring and no messages can be left from blocked numbers.  Bliss at last!


greenhouse thermometer

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 23:30

I have one of these:

Which I got from Maplin in a clearance sale.  They are also sold under several other names including WH1080/WH1081 and work with several different software packages including Easyweather for PC and wview for Mac.

The base station (which is completely self-contained and can be used without a computer) plugs into PC or Mac via USB for data record downloads and it communicates remotely with the external sensors (temp, humidity, wind speed, rain gauge) wirelessly.

Other software available - google WH1080 software for Mac in your case.

Here's my temperature graph for this year so far - took all of 5 seconds to generate and export from the Easyweather software:

 Hope that helps.

Pound land blueberries

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:44

The blueberry requires acid soil or it will never do well and likely die.  Unless you have acid soil, dig it up and plant it in a large container filled with a 50/50 mixture of ericaceous compost and a John Innes #3 (loam based) compost.  They love being grown in containers and it's the best way for most gardeners.  I have about a dozen different varieties in 40 to 50cm diameter pots and they do really well.

The others aren't really fussy and will grow in most soils without issue.

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 22:06

I grow Lingonberries plot26a which are very similar to cranberries but are native to Northern Europe so don't need frost protection like cranberries do.  Both need ericaceous compost.  Lingonberries root very easily where their spreading branches touch the ground so I have made many more plants for free.

May Trees in Bloom end of January

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:56

Thanks both!  Must be a flowering type only - never seen any fruit (but there are a zillion squirrels and pigeons living there so they may all simply be eaten before they are ripe!)

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

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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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

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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