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Compost won 2-1 on penalties- after extra time
Was there something you wanted to ask Lorraine?
Have to say that did make me chuckle.
I believe she may be asking which is better to plant in. I had a lady come in to my Garden Centre the other day, and she swore by using Top soil for the big container she was buying to plant in.
I guess this could be a good discussion as I have only used Compost for Pots
believe it or not the best results iv had in pots so far has been 40/40 molesoil / topsoil and 20 fine grit,iv been out collecting molesoil again today, i dont know what the old mole does to it but it just works so well, and free
Mole soil ?
I guess its the soil left after a mole has fecked up someone's golfcourse or lawn ,don't have them in Ireland thank God
So we have your snakes, moles, Terry Wogan and Jedward-anything else you dont want?
Any roadup-come on now Lorraine -what is it you want to know?-we will not bite -promise
Alan ............ where do you go mole soil collecting ?
for some reason Brumbull they live all around our allotments but have never yet been onto any, they never cause any probs and just supply us with wonderfull mole soil
honestly its brill brum
sotongeoff wrote (see)
So we have your snakes, moles, Terry Wogan and Jedward-anything else you dont want? Any roadup-come on now Lorraine -what is it you want to know?-we will not bite -promise
Sotongeoff , you can have every Politician we have and the Bankers
Topsoil is not supposed to be used in pots because it hasn't been sterilised. However, for long term planting, I use about half and half topsoil and compost and take my chances with disease. I haven't had any problems so far. It contains more nutrition and doesn't go hard, and it is more substantial for larger plants than compost. because it si heavier, it makes a more stable base for tall plants than compost. If I wanted good drainage, I'd add grit.
I'm bracing myself to be shown to be an idiot, and probably I should just use the right grade of John Innes, but this does work quite well for me.
It would still be nice to know what Lorraine wanted to ask.
Perhaps she'll come back and read all this soon. Hello Lorraine!
I wouldn't waste bought compost on filling pots, I would mix it, probably 2/3 soil and a 1/3 compost for bulbs, maybe a bit more heavy on the compost it was for summer bedding
usually go 60/40 on soil to compost, I thought everyone did this? I pity the people using just compost in pots when it's sunny for a week. Soil gives the medium 'weight' so it isn't blown away, and also it can absorb water.. try wetting compost after a drought of a week, you just can't, it's like the dried -up crust of a cow turd, damn near waterproof.
For stuff like summer bedding, I'd stay the same, but give them tomato feed or high potash feed, something to keep the flowers or fruits going.. if you are giving them the nutrient once a week, the only thing the compost is doing is providing soil structure. After a month with things like summer bedding (high feeders) the compost will be exhausted anyways..