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Posted: 13/12/2013 at 23:43

Clarington, water with a few drops of detergent or soap coats the insects with a layer of water and starves them of air long enough to kill them.  It drowns them in other words.  Simple and effective.  Heavy rain does the same thing which is why aphids tend to prefer feeding on the underneath of leaves, so I always try and spray from below.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 23:26

Val, just checking that you are fixing it to the inside, yes?   If an aluminium greenhouse, use these clips to hold the bubble-warp to the slots in the frame:

you just push them through the bubble-wrap and twist to lock into the slots in the aluminium frame.


Posted: 11/12/2013 at 20:01

Hi all, had a nice result while re-insulating my loft over the last couple of days.  What's this got to do with gardening you may ask?  Well, when I lifted the tired old insulation, underneath was a one inch layer of vermiculite granules.  So, out with the leaf blower set to suck and now have two very large black sacks full of free vermiculite.

However, got home today to see a letter from EON.  Thanks to this governments ineptitude in 'simplifying' electricity tariffs, my "economy" 10 rate has gone up nearly 18%!  Thanks for much, much less than nothing..


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 18:15

Nice one, punkdoc.  Where I've been today would probably have driven you round the bend - stuck up in a dark loft improving the insulation!   I also found out where all of the houseflies live over the winter..

Quickest growing fruit tree?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 17:59

What are the maximum and minimum heights and at what height do you want the foliage to begin, Matt?

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 17:49

In that case I would compost them.  The plants I bought from Woottens earlier in the year were packed with those and I added them to one of my compost bins, watered it and they disappeared very quickly - that compost has since been used and was lovely stuff.

Advice on small plant for our bathroom please?

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:42

I find cyclamen persicum do ok on my bathroom windowsill.

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 21:28

It's Freeview 87 but timeshares with Pricedrop so most will need to use a recorder as the channel is only on 2am - 8am.  On satellite it's on all the time - Sky channel 539 but I watch it on Freesat channel 651.  The schedule is here:


Advice needed please

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:39

How about a Chaenomeles underplanted with a small evergreen Clematis?


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 17:25

Sunset was beautiful here too nut.  Everything in the garden turned orange for a few minutes but by the time I had found the camera I had missed the photo opportunity.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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DIY heated propagator

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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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Front garden revamp - before and after photos

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Flowering in September 
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The sparrows have had a good breeding season 
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ID trumpet flower

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Bee spotting

Have you seen any bees yet? 
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New deliveries

Tree and shrub planting 
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