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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Purple Carrots

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 18:45

I've grown lots of varieties including many different coloured type and totally agree with Steve - any home-grown carrot is far superior to anything bought from a shop - simple as that!

The only ones I wouldn't grow again are packets with a mix of colours as I found the various types included had rather different growth rates so were difficult to pick without disturbing the smaller ones.

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:33

They hate being over watered Bookertoo, could that be a possibility?  I only water mine when they get so dry that the leaves are actually wilting. 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:12

If it is fungus gnats (aka sciarid flies) as Philippa suggests then the easiest things to do are 1) water only from below never from above and 2) cover the surface of the compost with a good layer of grit (1-2cm deep) as these flies depend on the surface of the compost being damp to lay their eggs and for their larvae to live in:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/greenhouse/how-to-tackle-house-plant-flies/4149.html

 

Rotating Beans Yes / No

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 18:31

I've always rotated all crops but my father grew runner beans in the same spot for 25 years or more so it seems this particular plant isn't as prone to the build-up of diseases or exhaustion of particular soil nutrients as most are.  Although I move mine about, I still use the composting trench technique, as my father did:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/fruit-and-vegetables/how-to-make-a-composting-trench/3600.html

 

Poly tunnels

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:59

Hi GWRS, I've had greenhouses for many years but erected a 4x2m poly tunnel in addition in early spring this year (never enough space in my GH) so haven't gone through a full season yet.  However, I've used it to grow pretty much the same things and had successful crops of cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers and chilies.  Half of it was also used for sweet potatoes but I can't report on those as I haven't harvested them yet (they're still growing.)  My observations are that it harder to ventilate (eg no automatic roof vents) and there is appreciably less light available than under glass.  Mine is held down very securely indeed and I think that is very important judging by the experiences of others I have read about.  All in all I am very happy with it.

It's a mystery ....

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:36

It's amazing how seeds sometimes find their way into the most unexpected places isn't it!   I had some rather pretty red lettuces popping-up in my borders this year the seed of which must have been blown there from some I left to go to seed in the veg beds a couple of years ago.  I thought lettuce seed was short-lived and rather delicate but apparently not!  

It's a mystery ....

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 12:16

Looks like coriander to me, Dove.

Impressions of the posters here

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:46

I think you are a refined, well dressed, gentleman Verdun but are notorious for being either two hours early or two hours late (depending on the time of the year) when you arrange to meet people!  

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 13:39

Hi all, Just went down the garden to pick a couple of apples to make an apple crumble only to find they have all gone!   I know it is grey squirrels as I spotted one running off carrying an apple last weekend but thought with about 20 left on the trees they would only take a few.  Wrong!  Now I have a bowlful of freshly made crumble topping and absolutely nothing to put it on.  Will have to go to the shops and buy some fruit now!    

Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:26

And don't forget that you must prune all of your shrubs just before they flower, lift dahlias in late spring, store over the summer and only ever plant them into frozen or waterlogged ground.  Tulips should be lifted in November of course and planted on midsummer day, as should bare-roots trees (not forgetting to prune those down to below the graft), Verdun!   Your garden should be quite a sight following such sage advice.  

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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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

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33
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