BobTheGardener


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Favourite Winter Vegetables

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 17:23

Dug up the last of the parsnips for last weekend's roast - lovely.  Still have leeks and savoy cabbage in the ground plus, my favourite, winter squashes which have been stored since just before the first frost a few months ago.  Have about half a dozen of those left.  There are still enough stored potatoes to last until the first earlies are ready.

Shredder

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:58

Yes, KT53, all types clog if too much fresh grren stuff is fed in.  An ideal mix for composting is 80 per cent dry/twiggy and 20 percent green, so that's how I mix stuff as it goes into the shredder.

Mine is an Alko impact shredder (that's the type with blades) and about 15 years old.  It's only on it's second set of blades.  The design is such that stuff goes straight through and it looks very similar to the one Lyn posted.  Wouldn't be without one as I have hawthorn and wild rose hedges and shredding is the only sensible way to deal with the prunings.

melons

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 01:02

Whichever variety you grow, make sure they are advertised as 'bred for growing in the UK' or you will likely be disappointed if using an unheated greenhouse unless we have a really good summer.  Also make sure you hand-pollinate regularly in case insects don't do the job for you.  It was a bad year with low light levels last year but I had some success with Emir F1.  The other two varieties I grew failed to set any fruit.

White onion rot

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 00:37

There is no treatment other than time - don't grow onions in the same place again for at least 5 years.  The good news is that only alliums are affected, so you can grow anything else you like there apart from plants in the onion family.  In fact I would say the more you cultivate it and the wider range of crops you grow in it, the better. 

peaches?

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:52

Yes, it's a great variety.  I grow it outside in my south-facing front garden in the east midlands and it never fails to set fruit.

Advice on Citrus plants

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:41

They definitely need slightly acid compost Linda.  I mix two thirds multi-purpose with one third ericaceous.

What are these?

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 22:19

Looks like a succulent of some kind.  How about Crassula coccinea?

Cooking Hamburg/root Parsley

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 21:01

Like scorzonera, it's not something I'm that keen on tbh Leif.  Because of that I'd cook it the way Aussies cook a galah:  Throw it on a fire with a couple of rocks.  When the rocks go soft you can eat it!

Weights measures and terminology

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 23:32

Children around here all know the answer to the beans one:

One bean, two beans, a bean and a half and half a bean!

Snowdrops

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 15:37

Slugs have been prevalent all winter here and definitely eat snowdrop petals.

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? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33

Drought

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
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