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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Impact of solar lights on wildlife ?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 00:00

As an astronomer, I absolutely hate the things.  Artificial lighting at night not only affects wildlife but us too!  Please take a read of some of these links:

Our local streetlamps now also go off at midnight which is wonderful - I can, at last, see the stars again!  

Most of the children I ask have NEVER seen the milky way which I find really sad!

What plant

Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:31

It might be a Camellia like "Winter's star".

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 18:39

Glyphosate is inactivated and breaks down when it hits soil according to the manufacturers.  Are they telling untruths?

Grow Blueberries in Pots or Direct in Garden?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:54

Yes, raised beds with ericaceous soil of some description is your best option.  You can use elemental sulphur if you want to aviod peat-based products.  Do not try to acidify your chalky ground soil - you will be completely wasting your time:


killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 20:49
jo47 wrote (see)

and exposure to even low levels of glyphosphate impairs honey bee navigation.... (Balbuena et al. July. 2015).

Good to know.

So never spray plants while they are in flower.


What's this plant

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 18:58

Have a look at Luma apiculata.

ground elder

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 22:47

The only really effective treatment is to spray with glyphosate when it is growing strongly and then wait for it to die back completely which ensures the roots are killed too.  A few new growths might reappear which you would again treat in the same way.

However, if you don't want to use any chemicals at all then there is a solution:  Dig as much out as you can and then pull up every new growth you see immediately.  It may take years but you will eventually beat it that way as no plant can survive without leaves to feed the roots.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:17

Lovely, flumpy1!

Still plenty of dahlias going here together with some other long term flowerers:


Lleylandii hedge needles

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:08

As Alan says, they will be fine once composted.  They are only acidic while actually rotting down.  Once fully broken down in the heap, the compost will be neutral.  Mix them with 20-25% soft green stuff (eg grass clippings) to make the perfect ratio which will accelerate the composting process but the downside is that they may take up to a couple of years to rot down fully.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:55

I'm in a bit of a frost pocket primrose so they were pretty late going into the GH.  I bet you were eating yours a month before me though!

Just seen your post on the forkers thread FG - what magnificent views! 

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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