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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:27

There are also two different types of re-writeable DVD discs, DVD-RW and DVD+RW:

If your video recorder only supports one of them and your blank discs are the other format, that might lead to this kind of error message.

Fun this technology stuff, isn't it!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:18

Planted all of the bare-root strawberries and harvested (almost) the last of the tomatoes:

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 20:10

Re-writeable DVDs do need to be formatted (it might be called 'erase disc' in a menu somewhere) if they've been used before.  This has to be done even on computers.

Why can't I buy leaf mold from garden centers?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 23:36
Tootsietim wrote (see)

A woodland garden in Norfolk used to sell small quantities of leaf mould.

I have often wondered what the councils do with the vast quantities of leaves that they collect each autumn. Many councils now compost household green waste so why not the leaves?

Around here, they do exactly what they should and make leaf mould which they use when planting up public planting areas.  I must admit to jealously eyeing-up their truck full of the stuff whenever I see them at work!  

Camera Corner

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 22:08

Excellent, Steve.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:01

Planted about 40 cloves of garlic today and prepared containers for about the same number of strawberries which are going in tomorrow.  Dead-headed dahlias again - looks like they'll still be going at C*******s if this weather continues!  Picked a bucketful of Cox's Orange Pippin which are stunningly crisp, juicy & delicious this year.

confessions of a gardening sloven

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:49

Me too nut.  I've also left the tomato plants in the greenhouse until they completely rotted for the last two or three years, failed to clean it and still have disease free tomatoes in there right now, some of which are still flowering! 

Goji Berries

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:57

Dipadee, they take a minimum of 2 years to fruit.  Mine are planted in the ground after spending the first year in pots and are now 3yo and only produced their first flowers this year, but rather late in the season so no fruit has set.  They do tend to grow long whippy shoots and you can cut those back by half in the summer according to the RHS - more here:

All I'll say is they get one more year in my garden and if they don't pull their socks up they will be consigned to the compost heap!


Help needed!

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:41

Exactly Jo, that's why this need fixing at the GW end.

Parsnips in France

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 19:39

I'm glad I'm not a farmer - this sort of thing makes me fume!:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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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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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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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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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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