BobTheGardener


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Very patchy grass - what's wrong? (pics)

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 14:12

Looks like a bit of thatch there too - I would scarify the lawn, prick it all over with a fork, going as deep as you can and then brush sharp sand into the holes, finally seeding the bare patches in early spring.

PS, the page looks fine here pansy, but I use an adblocker.

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 18:33

There are quite a few 'chat' threads - it's such a friendly forum that I don't begrudge those at all but I can't keep up with them so only have an occasional 'lurk'!  Most of them are in 'the potting shed' forum topic which is exactly what that is for:

"The potting shed
Venture into the potting shed for garden gossip, topical debate or idle chit-chat."

I'm good at being idle but soon run out of 'chit-chat'!

Worms in Manure Bags

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 15:24

They seem to survive just fine in hot compost heaps but I would keep the bags out of full sun over the summer, just in case.  Even if the worms die, they will just add to the nutrients in that bag anyway.

Callicarpa profusion vs Viburnum Bodnantense

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 14:17

Well, my v. bodnantense 'Dawn' flowers have now finished but the callicarpas are still covered in purple berries..

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 13:46

That is lovely and very stylish Fairy!  I'm impressed!

Plant Id

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 13:31

Looking at the plant, I agree - acanthus

Winter

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 11:20

Lots of people wearing just shirts, blouses or T-shirts while Christmas shopping yesterday!  All of my garlic is 6" high - hope the lack of cold doesn't stop them splitting into cloves.  Still, the Exacta forecasters may still be right if we extend January and February to 45 days each!  (Hope that hasn't doomed March to be a wintery hell though!)

Veronica F1 Tomato Seeds

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 10:58

It is a commercial variety from a US company called Sakata, so is probably only availablle to commercial growers.  However, in my experience some wholesale suppliers will sell to the home grower but it may take a lot of work in locating one as all of their dealers are in the Americas.  Here's a link to their supplier page to get you started:

http://www.sakatavegetables.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/affiliates.fullList/index.htm

Good luck in your quest Barry.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 22:09

Merry Christmas and thanks for this wonderful forum, GW team!

Cyclamen

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 20:14

Those are c. persicum Rosie and are not hardy so don't often survive if left outside.  The GCs sell them as annual bedding plants.  One option is to leave them in pots and plant the whole pot then take them inside over the winter.  The hardy cyclamen are not so showy as far as flowers go (smaller and generally only pink/purple or white) but will multiply if left to their own devices.

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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