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Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Fungi - but what kind

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 16:03

What a wonderful and enchanting scene!

Fungi are our friends and essential to life on this planet.  Inkcap, as Edd says, which are common on ground covered with bark chippings.  Enjoy the view as they will be gone almost as quickly as they came - like the name suggests, they 'melt' into a dark liquid resembling ink.

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 14:47

Thai basil is very pungent and has a noticeable scent of liquorice when a leaf is very gently rubbed between fingers.  Lovely stuff - here's a pic of one of mine (the one in the centre):

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58984.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

I think Dove has ID'd your chilli.

Sub-soil nasties?

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 14:33

The vast, vast majority of fungi are entirely beneficial and many are in fact essential, so nothing to worry about.

Wisteria are hungry and thirsty plants so you will need to prepare quite a large and deep hole then mix lots of well-rotted farmyard manure (which you can buy in bags from garden centres these days) and compost with the soil before planting, as the soil under the slabs will very likely be in poor condition.  This will give your wisteria a flying start and feed it for several years before you need to start additional feeding.

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:02

Happy birthday mate!

A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 20:57

There's no single answer to that - depends on the weight being supported and the type of ground you have.  Digging a 15cm foundation and filling with hardcore as a base (and then compacted), with a 15cm layer of concrete on top of that would be more than sufficient for such a slab supporting a single story wood and glass structure I would think.  That's what I used as a foundation for my conservatory.

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:56

It's something in the Solanum family - not sure what.

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:45

You should still be able to highlight the link using a touchpad - they are just an alternative to a mouse.  See here:

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_7200338_copy-paste-touchpad.html

 

Sweet potato

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:06

Philippa, I've trained them up strings to about 4 feet high but they are still growing and now tumbling back down, so the longest shoots are 6 feet plus.  They have also sent out many more shoots both from the ground and from leaf axils and are rampant!  Where they trail along the ground they are rooting too!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58837.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

The flower spike looks bigger than it really is - the flower about to open is only about an inch long.  They are these:

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/vegetables/potatoes/sweet-potatoes/sweet-potato-duo/t46882TM

 

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:44

I know you're joking Verdun, but it's easy - just buy lots of expensive young plants (the more expensive the better) and plant them all over your garden.  When the slugs and snails have finished all of those off, they will then start on the weeds.  If you're lucky - they may just decide all of the tasty stuff has gone and move away to fresh pastures!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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

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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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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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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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