BobTheGardener


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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.

Greenhouse on Decking?

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 14:30

You could but will have to dismantle it a few years down the line when the decking rots.   The humid conditions and condensation running down the glass inside a greenhouse will probably accelerate that happening too.  Wood preservative is toxic and something you definitely want to avoid using anywhere near a greenhouse, so that's not really an option to prolong the life of the decking.

I would put the effort in now to either remove the decking and build a proper base or put the greenhouse somewhere else.

New greenhouse tips please

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 14:14

Polycarbonate glazing panels often get blown out by strong winds so if you are in a particularly windy spot then maybe not ideal.  Safety glass would be my recommendation, especially if there are likely to be young children (or wobbly older persons) in the vicinity.  Expensive but worth it.  Glass is also heavier and helps hold a greenhouse in place if it hasn't been attached to the ground properly.  If you have a wall to attach a lean-to type to then you will benefit from the heat-retaining properties of the wall which will keep the greenhouse warmer at night.

If you go for polycarbonate due to budget constraints (they are a lot cheaper) make sure the frame is attached firmly to the ground using ground anchors or screwed down to concrete or slabs by drilling into it using masonry bit and using rawlplugs and 50mm long screws.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 13:11

Just replaced the broken pane of glass on one of my two greenhouse roof vents with polycarb and fitted a new automatic opener.  The old one died over the winter and allowed the vent to flap in strong winds, hence the glass breaking.  Noticed the blummin' squirrels have destroyed 3/4s of my new strawberry plants which went in last October.  Sorry my furry friends but that's the last straw.  First you discover how to get into my roof space via next doors unmanaged ivy, have eaten all of the apple tree fruit buds, keep emptying and slobbering all over the bird feeders (even though they are suspended from long wires), let's see how you fare with a kania 2000.

Sterilising compost.

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 11:50

and the OH doesn't catch you doing it..

Sterilising compost.

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 11:40

You can sterilize small quantities of compost by heating it in a microwave.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Canary

Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Drought

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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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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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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