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best plant food /fertiliser for my garden.

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 08:50

When planting I use bonemeal and for hungry plants some chicken poo pellets. Tomarite is good for green growth. There is a special feed called Nitrozyme that Cannabis growers use (nothing wrong from learn from the professionals) that gives plants a boost during growing seasons.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 22:56
artjak wrote (see)
other places are doing offers on 3x70litres for £10, (4.76p per l) which is cheaper.

I buy that offer from ASDA and have been happy with the compost. They seem to have changed supplier as it is not overly dry as it once was. I was put off B&Q/Verve as I found large bits of wood and plasticized wood in it . Am happy with the Homebase compost that is also on offer all the time and they often have 15% off events and Nectar points.

Creativegardenideas have decent compost and it is delivered free if you spend £30. They also have offers off season which brings the price down on top of the multi-buy offers (

nerine bowdenii

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:49

Same question was asked last week:

Spanish Dagger

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:39

You may not get seed if the flowers blew off and did not set and if it is just a stalk left then that is the case. Cut close to the bottom of the stalk. It falls off naturally but that can take some time. Spanish dagger can pup and that is a better way to get new plants though the seeds germinate quickly.

Crocks for ....

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:35

I normally put a large stone over pot holes then grit then compost. That helps drainage and stops slugs getting in via the hole at the bottom and is a favoured place for them to lay eggs.

Polystyrene repels water and I have only used it to bulk up tall and large containers. Terracotta and cement is porous, so also no good at retaining moisture. So not sure what the RHS means by the use of such materials. If they said Biochar or hydroponic clay pebbles then yes.

Why would you put Blackcurrants in a pot? They are well behaved in the ground.

Can someone please help me identify this lovely smelling shrub/plant

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 21:01

I had/have Daphne odora Aureomarginata and it really did not like being in a damp border so I put it in a large pot and last spotted it last summer...this post reminded me of it and where it is. Certainly not flowering or giving me scent!


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:40

Just use horticultural fleece over the Busy Lizzies - it will keep light frost off.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:39

I moved some green and red ones at the weekend and did what Verdun said. Not sure about the green ones not liking full sun...perhaps it is wetter in Fife than Cornwall and that helps?


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:27

I have seen plants insulated with shredded paper - it was hardy banana pseudostems covered with drain pipes and stuffed with shredded paper. A lid was placed to keep the paper dry. If it gets wet then the plant will rot.

I bubble wrap when needed - not really needed it this winter!

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:55
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Might no.4 be a Weigela, mine is just coming into leaf.

Yes - that is it. I have Weigela and always forget the name. I knew it was something in my garden.

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