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Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:59

I've had no problems with the site using IE or Firefox for ages (months) now but I do use adblockers so I very strongly suspect Dove's right about it being dodgy adverts.

For IE, I recommend installing a tracking protection list (TPL) it's just a simple click - advice from Microsoft here:

I use EasyPrivacy TPL.

For Firefox, the best is Adblock Plus, also available for Android:

Same (Adblock plus) for Chrome:




Identity help please

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:15

One of the campanulas but not sure which.


Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:14

Had about 50mm in the last week, 3/4 of which came down Sunday night.  Much needed here (Leics)!  Can do without the low temperatures though - squashes and melons not setting too well - will be lucky to get one fruit off each plant this year I reckon.

Ok...its nasty

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:02

Excellent, Verdun! 

Horse Manure - When to Use

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 20:05

If it was well rotted horse manure I'd agree too but it isn't, is it!  The post I replied to (from KFH2) clearly says new cow manure with straw in it.

Confused on Lettuce Name

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 18:54

It's Italian for 'red leaved' (or more correctly 'red husk'.) Rossa is feminine and Rosso is masculine so depends on whether you think of your lettuces as male or female!

Horse Manure - When to Use

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 23:09

KFH2, I wouldn't recommend using fresh manure on growing plants.  It really needs to be composted first and if it has straw in it, I'd say it isn't ready yet.  Either make a compost heap with it or mix it in with your existing compost heap if you have one.  By the end of the year it should be fine to use and you can spread it over your veg beds before the winter sets in.

Diseased fruit trees

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 22:49

You can upload them to a photo sharing site and post the links though.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:39

Their 2nd year should have been their most productive year rosemummy.  I wonder if they needed more feeding?  They are greedy plants and quickly exhaust multi-purpose compost.   If in large pots, try a mix of 50 per cent bagged farmyard manure and 50 percent JI No 3.  Works great for me. 

Another plant is please

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:32

Me too.  Willowherb seeds get everywhere here, pots, hanging baskets, borders, veg beds even in indoor plant pots!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

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
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