Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Soil heating cable

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:43

aym, Just google 'parasene soil warming cable'.  I think I got mine from Amazon.  The same suppliers will usually have thermostats too, which you'll need to keep things at a constant temperature.  The ones with a temperature probe on a cable are best as you just push this into the soil in a tray, or into the sand bed, and set the temperature you want.


Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:39

Hammerite is expensive but good stuff.  It's one of the few paints you can use on metal without having to remove every trace of rust which is difficult or impossible in some cases.

Growing chilli's

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 11:35

Definitely start in small (eg 7cm) pots or modules (those windowsill propagators they sell in Wilko's are great for this.).  Transplant in stages to slightly bigger pots when you see the roots reaching the sides, but not until they are at least 5cm tall.  They will grow much better this way and watering is easier to control.  Seeds planted in large pots often rot because the compost is too damp and there is no way to dry it out once seeds are planted.

Soil heating cable

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 09:07

I made one a couple of years ago and posted a thread on here about it with photo's, if anyone is interested in making one themselves:


grenhouse pests

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 18:57

The two most likely are slugs/snail and mice.  Look under your trays or modules for slugs etc.  If no sign, try a mouse trap or leave some food on the ground and see if it disappears.  Mice are excellent climbers.

Old Tennis Court!!!

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:49

Prodding with a fork won't tell you much about how it has been constructed - a section needs to be taken, as I said, Lyn.


Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:31

Stuart, usually they grow blind if they were previously in a congested clump or if the leaves were tied/prematurely removed.  If you let this year's leaves die back naturally, they will build-up the bulbs and I'm sure you will be rewarded with a nice display from next year and onwards.

Old Tennis Court!!!

Posted: 07/03/2016 at 19:06

Hopefully it was a grass court rather than a clay one.  If so you'll have a much easier time with it.  Push a spade down as far as you can to cut a square and lift it out.  That should give you a good idea of how it was constructed.

Gardening on Our Own

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 20:34

Yes, love the solitude and just as well because the OH considers the garden to just be a place full of stingy, bitey, creepy-crawly, dirt-covered things which suits me fine! 

When I'm not focused on the task in hand, my mind wanders between the wonders of the universe and the unbelievable complexity of life and evolution.  I feel mentally refreshed (although often physically knackered!) when I come in after a good session in the garden.

New Theme Tune for Gardeners' World?

Posted: 06/03/2016 at 12:37

I'm with Hosta - will this do?

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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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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