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Sorry, another ID please!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:52

Agree with foxglove.

Growing fruit and veg in desert conditions

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:52

If you like cherry sized tomatoes, Sungold is hard to beat for flavour and is a strong grower, so should do well there.  However, I think you're on to a loser with strawberries as I'm pretty sure they require a cold spell and as their best crops come in years 2 and 3, you will have a serious problem in keeping them alive over the summer.  Water melons might be worth a shot though.

can anyone tell me what layed these

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:38

If you blow the image up, you can see the gelatinous coating on the ones which were covered by leaves/debris, which Valerie mentioned.  That's why i guessed at slug eggs.


Reducing a tree stump below ground

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:49

A stump grinder is usually used for this.  You can hire them from about 70 quid upwards for 1 day.  It might be cheaper to get someone in to do it, but do take care if you tackle it yourself as they are highly dangerous machines.

Identify this please!

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:40

Depends on the operating system - some iPads work and some don't.  Hopefully someone with a working iPad will chime in and tell us what version of the OS they are using..

Blind Daffodils

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:34

The other thing to do is mow them and plant new bulbs in the autumn - they are incredibly cheap (think mine were about a quid for 50 from the supermartket!)  You are almost guaranteed flowers then!

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:27

Some anemone:

 Japanese plum 'Lucy' completely covered in blossom:

 and island flower bed:

 I love this time of the year!

Sowing Parsnips

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 19:18

I'm in the east midlands and sowed mine a few days ago.  They take a long time to germinate and have a long growing season, so now is about right in my experience.

Where to put a cold frame

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:31

Jane, I have mine in part shade.  If you have it in full sun, that's fine but you will have to make sure you open it on sunny days as they can get very hot inside.

In my opinion, the best base is sharp sand, grit or gravel and a good 6 inches deep.  That way you can bury or part-bury your pots which means less watering and helps protect from frost over the winter.

Identify this please!

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 23:22

Unfortunately, you can't upload to this site from most smartphones (yet.)  The best thing to do is upload to a photo-sharing site like Flickr and then paste the sharing link here.

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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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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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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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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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

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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