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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Do I need a new connector?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 19:55

If the feeder has a connector like this (a Hozelock male):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43492.jpg?width=225&height=225&mode=max

Then you need one of these on the end of your hose, a Hozelock standard hose-end connector:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43494.jpg?width=500&height=350&mode=max

Any garden centre (or even Asda) will have one.

 

Broad Beans

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 18:59

Have you noticed any bees around them?  If not, give the stems a bit of a shake.  They are self-pollinating but the flowers need 'triggering' (they are sort of like a loaded spring) before the pollen can get to the anther and bees usually 'trip' the mechanism.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 22:25

Took a few today of my front and rear garden while the tulips are in full bloom and before the forecast rain flattens them!

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I love this time of the year!

Honey berry?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 18:21

I have a few of those in fairly large pots and the two year old ones have just about finished flowering so hoping for the first fruit from them later in the year - if so, I'll report back in a few weeks!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:13

Mornin' all, I'm back at work today but have managed to get ahead of where I usually am in the garden for this time of year thanks to a few days holiday so not feeling too miserable!  Verdun's mention of parsley made me check mine and the seeds have finally germinated - about two weeks later than all of the other herbs!  Running out of space in the GH, potting shed and conservatory now - will have to build some temporary staging in the polytunnel when I get home, so I have something nice to think about while I write this damn report!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:14

I've a couple of those Dove - Frances Rivas and Helsingborg - both 'good doers' and I don't prune either (except removing old dead heads in late Winter, If I get around to it!) 

Plant Identification

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 21:03

First one is Lemon Balm: http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/melissa-officinalis/2477.html

2nd and last photos are of Centaura Montana: http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/centaurea-montana/1238.html

 

 

ID Help

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:46

Yes, definitely Solomon's seal - mine looks identical at the moment.  Watch out for sawfly which can turn this beautifully architectural plant into a shredded mess in a day though!

White limestone discolour?

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 12:43

Hi BM, unfortunately a combination of shade and damp means that limestone chippings will almost certainly go green, which is caused by a build-up of algae.  Even on my south-facing well drained front garden, where they were sheltered from the worst of the rain by the house walls and eaves, my white Cotswold chippings eventually turned green after a few years.

I wonder if a different material would fare better?  You can get shiny marble white chippings often called "polar white" which might be less porous, so would resist the algae taking hold?  I've never use that though, so it's a bit of a guess.

 

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 22:01

For anyone with an enquiring mind, this (repeat) is just starting on BBC4.  Wonderful programme!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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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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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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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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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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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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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

Redsigning weedy crazy paving 
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