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Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:07

I remember my Dad having a tin of that in the shed about 50 years ago.  I also seem to remember it being pink.  Just found an image:

It was the 'Cillit Bang' of it's day, I think.

'Gumption' is still sold in Australia, but that may be different stuff.

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:01

Yeah, red & white currants are ok as-is, but raw blackcurrants.. yuck!


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:10

Just checked mine - 14/04/2012, a period of time when many of us here transferred from the old BBC gardening site.  So, about 3 years and I've made about 3000 posts.  Hmm.. averaging about 3 posts per day - doesn't seem to me that I write that many!

Still, I don't 'do' facebook/twitter or any other (anti?)social media, so all of my dirty washing is kept in this particular laundry basket!

Old Compos

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:38

I use it as a top-dressing on my borders and veg plots.  Over the years this has slowly improved my clay soil.

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:08

Digging them up and planting something else is also a valid solution for some gardens where blackspot is a real problem.  Certain situations just don't suit roses and you can spend the rest of your life fighting nature but only ending up with that awful sight of a garden full of disgusting looking rose foliage every year.  Try some 'resistant' varieties and if those also secumb, my advice would be to give up.  There are lots of lovely flowering and scented shrubs which don't need anything other than a bit of simple pruning at the right time.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:55

My favourite for cooking has always been Marmande which always gives me that 'South of France' taste I prefer, although I like Costoluto and Brandywine for this use too.  I don't make thick 'ketchup' consistency sauces though, so varieties with fewer seeds like Roma may be better for that. 

Undoubtedly, 'tough love' is the best way to grow toms - better flavour, less disease. 

cherry tree problem

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:38

Mine never even get that far as the pigeons eat them before they even start changing colour!  Usually the day before I plan to net them, too!

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:34

I did have my doubts but admit to being too lazy to look it up.

Brassica question

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:16

Beetroot is really a brassica so may be affected I feel, Fruitcake.  Haven't seen whitefly on carrots or parsnips as I recall though.

Strawberrys Second Year

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:54

They will also benefit from a bit of fish, blood and bone fertiliser tickling into the soil around them, once the fresh healthy growth Dave mentions starts to appear.  Strawberries always look as you describe at this time of the year, so nothing to worry about.

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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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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