BobTheGardener


Latest posts by BobTheGardener

New addition to the garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:58

Toads are completely carnivorous and eat mainly insects and the odd slug, so it won't be old toady eating your crops.  I think your lettuces are still being eaten by slugs as copper barriers, while offering a degree of deterrence, are far from the perfect slug protection.  Your best bet is to go out at night (which is when slugs are active) with a torch and pick them off by hand (disposable gloves are good if you don't like touching them.)  What you do with them after that is up to you, but they will return if you simply move then elsewhere.  They get 'the snip' from a pair of secateurs here and laid to rest in the compost heap.

best tasting potatoes

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 18:43

I'll second Kestrel as a tasty 2nd early and add that it grows fine in the clay soil I have.  It has also proven itself resistant to keeled slug here.

Blueberry bush lost all its leaves

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:36

I had one shuffle off it's mortal coil in that way Steve.  It was one of about 10 all in the same sized large pots and treated the same.  It turned out to be root rot and caused by a clump of ericaceous compost in the mix which was preventing good drainage (I later discovered this when I tipped-out the pot looking for vine-weevil.)

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:25

More-or-less 'snap', fg!

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 18:24

Check what is under the decking if you can - it might have been built to hide something worse!  If there is bare ground under there, my personal choice would be to take the summerhouse apart and remove the decking, later using that to make raised beds.  I'd then replace the roof on the summerhouse with twinwall polycarbonate sheet and turn it into a very serviceable greenhouse.  But I do love DIY projects like that! 

Hot thread

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:33

This thread didn't have one until Philippa replied and if you look at the ID thread nut replied to this evening but which was originally posted at about 12.45, it doesn't have a chili.

Pretty sure it's as simple as that.

Hot thread

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:09

We've never really figured it out but one which gets at least one reply within a few minutes seems to trigger the red chili icon.

How Tall are your Brussels Sprout

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 19:07

Excellent plants, donutsmrs and good news that Brussels are already forming!

A friend of mine grew some which reached well over 8 feet tall from plants he bought at car boot stall but they produced no crop.  I think he was actually sold 'walking stick cabbage' (giant Jersey kale)!

Misshapen tomatoes

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 18:55

This is a rather naughty looking Costoluto Genovese picked today. 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58442.jpg?width=350

 

Would probably go well with the "Willy Chilis" in one of the the chili threads! 

Football season - 2014

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:59

Got a point off of Arsenal and it was well deserved, so I think the Foxes will survive this tricky first season back in the EPL.   Our fixture list looked like a baptism of fire for the first few games!  Stoke away next week then ManU at home, which is now looking a lot less worrying than it was!

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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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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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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 12:33

Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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