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Talkback: Sunflowers and hoverflies

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:01

Jeanette, look at the dates on the posts - you are are replying to a 4 year old thread, the competition closed in 2011..

Mystery Vine

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 12:52

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88181.jpg?width=864&height=350&mode=max

Looks like Wisteria to me.

I will not be seduced.....!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 01:48

Hi, my name is Bob and I too am a seedaholic!

The trickier they are the better it seems and I even find myself trying to germinate seeds which I know full well are unsuitable for growing at my location or I have no room for, just to see if I can!  However, the excitement of seeing those first tiny green shoots is something that has never diminished.

Silty clayey soil.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:51

Yes, a clay-based soil is possibly the best there is as far a fertility is concerned.  However, you will need to improve the structure by adding as much organic matter as possible, with horse manure or farm yard manure being ideal.  Any kind of compost would also be good.  As a rough guide, you want to add about a 4 inch layer of manure/compost over the area and dig it in.  Do that every year and you will end up with a plot in which anything will grow.  Brassicas do particularly well in clay soils but are difficult to grow in light soils, so you already have an advantage.  Many folk including me recommend potatoes as your first crop as this helps to break up the clay (even if it's only because you have to dig the area twice - once to plant them and again to harvest!)

If nothing has been grown there before, or the area is compacted (eg after being used a lawn) an initial "double digging" may be worth the effort:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=133

 

Planting strawberry plants

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 15:19

I agree, plant them out now.  Strawberries require a cold period to produce well and are completely hardy.  The longer they have to develop a goot root system now, the better future crops will be.

Green blobs

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:56

It's Nostoc algea which is indeed a blue-green algea but one which typically grows on gravel and very poor soils.

http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/bluegreenalgae.htm

Difficult to deal with.  You best bet is to improve the soil with lots of compost etc.

Long thread about it a while back:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/slimy-fungus-on-gravel/5082.html

 

air brick problem

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:53

I've downloaded and added the image for you mrsail:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88009.jpg?width=160&height=350&mode=max

I fully agree with pansyface - you could find yourself in legal trouble if you breach the DPC.

One safe way of doing it would be to build a small retaining wall so there is about a 15cm gap between it and your neighbours wall.  Remove soil in the gap down about 15cm below where it is now and refill with gravel up to the present level to provide drainage.  Quite a lot of work though.

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:31

An app is a bit like an oran or a lemo.

Ooh!  Just found this to better describe a pop-up:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/88003.gif?width=200&height=350&mode=max

 

hyperlinks in editor

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 19:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

wot's a pop up box

It's the computer version of a Jack-in-the-box, nut! 

Anyone know where I can get well-rotted manure in Lewisham, South East London?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:17

The 50l growsure FYM from Wickes is pretty good stuff - 3 for a tenner.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

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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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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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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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