Latest posts by BobTheGardener

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 13:11

Around 'ere Fairy, I also have to put up with everybody using 'of' instead of 'have', as in "He should of scored that one".  I have a strong local accent but that doesn't mean I have to write things down in the same way that I say them!

When will people learn the difference...

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:54

It doesn't matter much to me as long as I understand what people mean.  However, I do wish folk would stop using the word 'loose' when they mean 'lose'.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:29

Too early unless you have a heated greenhouse.  My tomatoes won't be sown for at least a couple of weeks yet.  To attempt to rescue them you need more light and one way of getting that is to cut a long side from a cardboard box and line the remaining 3 sides with aluminium foil.  Place the seed tray in the bottom and put the box on a windowsill with the open side facing the window.

Cosmos seedling have been devoured

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:14

Mice, without a shadow of doubt.  They did the same thing to my tomato seedlings a couple of years ago.

Homebase seeding compost

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 20:12

John Innes is just a mixing formula developed by the institute.  Each supplier can interpret it differently so no two JI composts are the same.  I do exactly what nut does and mix my own seed compost using a commercial one as a base.  I happen to have a very large bag of vermiculite so add that as well as a bit of MP and a bit of sharp sand.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 19:34

Chopped down a lot of 'seedy stuff' I left for the birds over winter - verbena boniarensis, buddleja etc and did some general tidying-up of other dead stems etc.  That lot topped-up a huge pile I have ready for the shredder which is tomorrow's job!


Posted: 27/02/2016 at 19:15

Feed it occasionally with a liquid feed until the leaves start to die down naturally (the leaves are now building up the bulb) although they don't always go dormant.  If it does go dormant, simply stop watering it until you see it start to grow again, at which point start watering again.


unknown plant from a mixed packet

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 19:00

unknown plant from a mixed packet

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:48

Memory may just have kicked-in - I think it was a balm - how about Lemon Bee balm (Monarda citriodora)?

Fruit cage parts

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 18:37

16mm fittings are used in aquarium plumbing - just another area to research if you can't find the bits you need, for example:


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