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Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 18:59
Sue Gough wrote (see)

I ordered some wallflowers online, said they came in a 2litre pot. Which indeed they did, plugs pushed into a pot of compost! From a very well known female TV gardener! Another con.

 

blairs wrote (see)
Sue Gough wrote (see)

I ordered some wallflowers online, said they came in a 2litre pot. Which indeed they did, plugs pushed into a pot of compost! From a very well known female TV gardener! Another con.

I had something similar. The plant was in a 1 litre pot and the roots where 9cm pot. It had fallen out and broke in transit because of it...

Most annoying!  Hope you've both added these suppliers to this thread!:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/name-n-shame/165744.html

 

Leeks

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 18:51

I do the same as Welshonion.  The section blanched white is a lot more more tender than the green part but it's all good to eat, whatever the colour!   Commercial soup makers use all of the leek for instance, but it is of course chopped into very small pieces so the coarseness of the top part of the oldest leaves isn't really noticed.

Whitefly

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 16:49

Inedible indoor decorative plants are the only things I use chemical sprays on, and as whitefly can be an absolute bu**er to deal with indoors, I would use a bug spray in this instance but would do the actual spraying outdoors.  That way the cloud of whitefly which will take off will not settle inside your house and find their way back to your plants.

Merry Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 16:40

Happy Christmas everyone!

Badly explained help!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 16:38

In technical terms, the soil in the pots will radiate heat as infra-red radiation (heat) in all directions.  If a pot is surrounded by other pots, some of this heat will be absorbed by the other pots instead of being lost to the environment.  The effect of this is that (say) 10 pots clustered together will cool down more slowly than 10 pots spaced widely apart, so it is worth doing.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 21:35

I'm fairly sure the dark centred ones are all mixed Rudbeckias Mark but am not sure about the short all-yellow ones at the bottom right.

winter solstice 2013 Saturday, December 21

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 19:08

Mark, Artak, I love those too - just checked my pics and I last grew them 12 years ago, so time for a reintroduction!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/35176.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

 

 

Shredder

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 21:56

I just had a google for an attachment as I do have a Dremel - they look good.  My round files are probably some cheap rubbish I expect.

Shredder

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:21

Good news about the shredder repair Berghill.  What type of chainsaw did you get?  Mine is a Husqvarner and has been very reliable.  Biggest bind is sharpening the blades on the chain though - I usually use files and they don't seem to last very long - one sharpening and I need a new file!

Snowdrop bulbs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:12

In the case of snowdrop bulbs I think it must depend on how long they are out of the ground.  Some years ago I dug up a very dry clump (the bulbs had no roots or shoots showing) in late summer and immediately replanted handfuls of them in other areas of the garden.  They all flowered the next spring, so I expect the bad reputation comes from buying loose bulbs which have been in storage for some weeks or months.

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