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Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 22:16

I bought 2 from Cornwall holiday (which turned into being a Cornwall tour of gardens and garden centres!!!! Ooops at 32 stone would say it should have been beaches and bars) they are called dahlia gallery Rivera. They have flowered their hearts out. I hope they are fertile and I can keep them through the winter! 

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 10:26


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 21:17

I only ask as my tiny dahlia had tiny tiny seeds and I sowed 2 trays and nothing at all,nothing!!!

my new red ones I so hope are fertile but normally they close into a cone shape, these remain looking like pineapple tops?? Heard this before??

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 21:12

Think the carrot sandy mix will be bagged up over winter and used for potatos when I have added some fish and bone stuff I bought today.

the beans compost will go for next years carrots.


the potato and tomato will mulch round my beds?? How does that sound? Anything that is left I will add more new compost to and use for French beans. 


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 21:06

I found some 3" pots so now have 32 lupins in those. Operation pansies on Monday when I have gathered some modular pots from friends and family. 


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 22:42

Is there an easy way of telling if your dahlia seed from bought plants will be fertile??

Japanese anemones

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 22:17

Mine was planted in June and no flowers yet but there are buds. My farther leaves his but I have noticed he only gets the one flush of flowers with this method, a waste I think!! I will def leave the last few flowers when I get them hoping for some self down gems


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 20:30

Lupins are due to be potted up tomorrow, I have about 30 and I'm wondering what size pots to overwinter, any ideas. 

Also my pansies have true leaves so they are going to be potted for winter, what size pots???

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 20:25

Thanks verdun. Yes only carrots and they did Well and didn't suffer with pests. I really hoped I could use this for my carrots again but maybe not you think??

I know I want potatos carrots tomato and climbing French beans in tubs next year. Can any of those go back into this compost if I mix together and fertilise with ??????



Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:43

Love dahlias, my cuttings rooted easily this spring, i managed to pot on 357 self collected seed for my parents and they have an incredible mixed show. Def a must for next Year. Do cheap when you save tubers or set your own seed. I hope I keep my mini dahlia and we bought a new red one this year I am in love with, I hope I keep it through the winter. See pictures...

large ball red one


small red one(hence my name)

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