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Christmas tree needles turning brown

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:20

I bought what was supposed to be container grown xmas tree this year, and planted it out in a large container after xmas. It was clearly not grow in the container but containerised by chopping off most of the roots. 

I didn't give it much chance of survival, and i was right. It was doing ok, until those cold easterly winds, which did it in. 

I liked the idea of having a tree which we could just bring in the house at xmas, and put back in the garden for the rest if the year, but it seems you need to be very careful about the difference between container grown and containerised, as the latter will apparantely rarely survive.

Compost course

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:01

I'm not convinced the problem are plastic bags, they can actually be recycled if people bothered. The big problem which no one ever mentiones is the sheer volume of packaging supermarkets use. 4 Apples in a polystyrene tray, with a plastic top, all wrapped in celephane, crazy. Over packaging is the problem which governments are afraid to tackle, it's easier to hit the public with easy bag taxes.

There is also little evidence that the "big" bags are better. They are often made in china, in poluting factories, then shipped half way around the world, to us, who use them maybe 10 times, then throw them away too. Where they then sit taking much longer to decompose than the lightweight bags. Greener? Not convinced myself.


Compost course

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 00:03

To be fair not all landfill sites are that bad, we live right next to a decomissied landfill in blaydon/gateshead. Apart from the methane plant you would never know what it used to be, it's now part of the blaydon burn wildlife area, where we have red kites etc. 


council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:53

I did try a couple of bags of the JI soil based seed compost, but wasn't a big fan of this. It seemed to go a big claggy, maybe adding extra perlite might help lighten it  a bit. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:32

Verdun i get confused by all the John Innes types, if you were going to make seed compost would you use perlite + JI #1? 

I always thought seed composts were supposed to be sterilised, where i assume the JI types are not? Maybe that's just marketing blurb that is not actually true.

I sowed some peppers in some B&Q seed compost this year, on a windowsill indoors, and it ended up having some tiny slug like creatures that ate the seedlings as soon as they sprouted. So won't be using that again, was very twiggy anyway.

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:47

Have to say i've noticed a difference even from last years bags to this years bags of Seed compost. Last year the JAB seed (in the pink bags) was really nice, this years is alot more indifferent, often with bits of plastic in it. 

I'm not a big fan of the soil based seed composts so there is not much choice around. 

The stuff i like the best, primarily just for the look and feel of it, is the New Horizon stuff, certainly the vegetable and MPC from them always seems better than the other brands.

Unfortunately i cannot ever find the New Horizon seed/cutting compost locally to try that, just the JAB stuff. Although Which voted the New Horizon the best MPC, but worst Seed compost so who knows!


slugs and toddlers

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:47

As a start you could try the iron phosphate pellets. Much safer than the old style ones.

Foxglove illumination pink

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 14:22

Matty2 mine looks dead as a dodo too. I'm in Blaydon. The other foxgloves around it look fine and are coming through, but no sign of the illumination. Might just still be hiding, but other stuff has started coming up, although no sign of hostas yet here. Daffs only started flowering this week too.

Frost damaged Ivy

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 11:07

Did you get those freezing easterly winds? Here in newcastle it's knackered loads of stuff, that had happily survived the winter. Not convinved my pyracantha will  survive it looks terrible, and 100% sure the ceanothus is a gonner as they are soft anyway  

I'm imagine it was the wind rather than the frost that did the damage, if the leaves are dry and brown. I've no idea if they will come back though, just gonna wait and see. 

Feeding Seedlings and Plug Plants

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:08

Seedling/cutting compost is purposefully low in nutrients, to stop the plants growing too fast and getting leggy. So i'd say you don't want to feed either the plugs or the seedlings.

I've got some of the (Free) T&M plugs from last year which i think were sent back in sept last year, their in my greenhouse only just starting to grow again now. I would not worry everything has been slow this year.

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