BobTheGardener


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Shredder

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:58

Yes, KT53, all types clog if too much fresh grren stuff is fed in.  An ideal mix for composting is 80 per cent dry/twiggy and 20 percent green, so that's how I mix stuff as it goes into the shredder.

Mine is an Alko impact shredder (that's the type with blades) and about 15 years old.  It's only on it's second set of blades.  The design is such that stuff goes straight through and it looks very similar to the one Lyn posted.  Wouldn't be without one as I have hawthorn and wild rose hedges and shredding is the only sensible way to deal with the prunings.

melons

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 01:02

Whichever variety you grow, make sure they are advertised as 'bred for growing in the UK' or you will likely be disappointed if using an unheated greenhouse unless we have a really good summer.  Also make sure you hand-pollinate regularly in case insects don't do the job for you.  It was a bad year with low light levels last year but I had some success with Emir F1.  The other two varieties I grew failed to set any fruit.

White onion rot

Posted: 19/02/2016 at 00:37

There is no treatment other than time - don't grow onions in the same place again for at least 5 years.  The good news is that only alliums are affected, so you can grow anything else you like there apart from plants in the onion family.  In fact I would say the more you cultivate it and the wider range of crops you grow in it, the better. 

peaches?

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:52

Yes, it's a great variety.  I grow it outside in my south-facing front garden in the east midlands and it never fails to set fruit.

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.

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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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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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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