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BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Log burner

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:25

One problem with woodburners is that a chimney liner is often needed in order to keep the smoke hot enough.  The hotter the smoke, the better the 'draw' and higher the smoke will rise above the property.  If a chimney is considered marginal in this respect, then installers may give the owner an option to save a few pounds by not installing a liner and this may be what has happened in this case.  The best liners are 'twin wall' with the inner liner getting much hotter than the outer.

Here's a short article on the subject:

http://www.stovefittersmanual.co.uk/articles/do-i-need-to-line-my-chimney/

Note the potential issue for the owners concerning carbon monoxide with inadequate chimneys.  They are not expensive to have installed.

'Twas the night before Christmas...a little homage

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 16:49

Wonderful, FG!

MERRY CRIMBO FOLKS

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 20:13

Merry Christmas everyone and hope all of your seeds germinate, cuttings take and weeds mysteriously disappear in the coming year!

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What passes you by?

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 19:41

Soap operas (I'd be happy if I never accidentally came across one again while switching channels), costume dramas, celebrity culture, religion, politics.  Oh, and TV shows about tatoos.  I also don't see the point in watching a film more than once every five or ten years.  Right, that's 75% of the TV shedule out of the window, so plenty of room for more gardening programmes and documentaries.

Problem with grass creeping from next door into border

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 14:23
LesleyK wrote (see)

Hi ecokid, I very often find self-seeded foxgloves in the garden and just dig them up and put them where I want them without any problems.

Same here Lesley - transplanting foxgloves is no problem whatsoever.

Very patchy grass - what's wrong? (pics)

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 14:12

Looks like a bit of thatch there too - I would scarify the lawn, prick it all over with a fork, going as deep as you can and then brush sharp sand into the holes, finally seeding the bare patches in early spring.

PS, the page looks fine here pansy, but I use an adblocker.

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 18:33

There are quite a few 'chat' threads - it's such a friendly forum that I don't begrudge those at all but I can't keep up with them so only have an occasional 'lurk'!  Most of them are in 'the potting shed' forum topic which is exactly what that is for:

"The potting shed
Venture into the potting shed for garden gossip, topical debate or idle chit-chat."

I'm good at being idle but soon run out of 'chit-chat'!

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 15:24

They seem to survive just fine in hot compost heaps but I would keep the bags out of full sun over the summer, just in case.  Even if the worms die, they will just add to the nutrients in that bag anyway.

Callicarpa profusion vs Viburnum Bodnantense

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 14:17

Well, my v. bodnantense 'Dawn' flowers have now finished but the callicarpas are still covered in purple berries..

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 13:46

That is lovely and very stylish Fairy!  I'm impressed!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Last Post: 01/01/2016 at 22:01

Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Last Post: 19/12/2015 at 21:00

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
Replies: 19    Views: 1125
Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
Replies: 11    Views: 491
Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
Replies: 1    Views: 510
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 
Replies: 12    Views: 904
Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 881
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
Replies: 13    Views: 814
Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
Replies: 2    Views: 689
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! 
Replies: 3    Views: 591
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 968
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 860
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1352
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42
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