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Growing lupins

Posted: 29/01/2013 at 12:38

Lupins are easy to grow outside - just plant the seed where you want them. They are also easy in the greenhouse, it sounds like you had some sort of pest - cut worm or more likely Vine Weevil larvae - that ate your seedling. I suggest using fresh compost and not from the garden or left overs from previous pots. You can also pour boiling water over the compost before using it to kill any insects and mould.

I suggest trying again with the above. They produce loads of seeds and self seed well.

Seeds from abroad

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 16:15

I have seeds from South Africa, Thailand, India, Australia and the US. Mostly from ebay but some posted by friends. The only issue that I have had is the post - it takes at least 3 weeks.

There are risks as Obelixx has said though I have personally not had any problems with seed germination etc.

For bog standard seeds, go local when possible.

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 12:03

I have one in a large pot, so made some points:


Keeps the tree small
You can appreciate it better
Easier to prune
You can move it


Difficult to keep soil from drying out - even with mulch
It can blow over in strong winds
Branch die back occurs more often- re lack of watering
Need to feed it

Your Corkscrew Willow is likely to be grafted, so you run the risk of losing the Corkscrew bit if you prune it right back and use the roots/and or gets lots of suckering from the grafted root stock.

Best time to prune a magnolia

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 18:33

This is refreshing - normally when someone asks about pruning Magnolia all the comments are never do it! Totally agree with the above. You will have less flowers next yesr but the whole shrib will be smaller.

Allotment Heavy clay heavy mud

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 08:46
wildgirl12 wrote (see)

 just watch out in summer when lumps of clay substrate turn to concrete

I have lost 3 spades to my clay soil drying like concrete and it beiong so heavy when wet! I only use forks now to blend in compost and manure.

Northern Light

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:50

The southern most part to see the Northern Lights is northern Fife - certainly I have seen them, sometimes during the day as well - it looks like the rainbow colours you see in an oily puddle. You very very rarely see them south of Aberdeen though. Shetland is a fair bet - it is very far north, further than maps make out - Edinburgh is closer to London than Lerwick.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 12:18
jo4eyes wrote (see)

Thx for the link Blairs. Good site, shall enjoy checking it out. J.

No problem. The soil is also buy 1 and get 1 free and is free delivery - great for me as I have no car. I got 8 packs and 6 packs of mulch delviered for £55. really happy with it.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 08:27
jo4eyes wrote (see)

Blairs- I've never heard of nor seen it around. You are in Scotland, could it be local to there?

BTW the amount of peat & other components should be listed on the bag somewhere. J.

No it is English, I get it delivered for free from an English company:

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 19:45
Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)


Is the Murphy's peat-free?


Not sure, but my guess would be that it does have peat.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:43

Murphy Multi Purpose Compost - honestly the best, rich and feels great to the touch. Plants love it. I find Asda, Homebase and B&Q compost gets dry and is poor. Murphy multi-purpose gets 10/10 from me.

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