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Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 14:57

Isn't that why many of us are gardeners?  So we don't eat quite so many processed foods?


I do so agree about the nanny state telling us how to live, my parents, grandparents etc. never needed a date on some food to tell if it was safe, they applied experience and common sense - something that seems to be a dirty word these days.  Keep us all quiet and under the thumb, much easier to control that way!! Guess what, too many of us won't be 'controlled' for that to work - than goodness.


Regarding vermiculite again, I'm off to sow seeds, with the use of vermiculite to aid the process - the sun is shining, that can be fatal too, but it is too lovely to ignore.

Is Vermiculite dangerous

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 15:32

In which case Victoria, we would or would not use coffee, tomatoes, and many other things we currently regard as OK - as these and many others have been declared either deadly or carcinogenic over the years - just use carefully and with alot of common sense as we said earlier in this discussion.


Vermiculite is great for the plant roots, for the tiny seeds that need a little light, reducing weight in huge pots - I've been using it for over 25 years and so far it has done me no harm - at least, no harm of which I am currently aware. 


Breathing in any fine dust is never a good idea, use your vermiculite in well ventilated areas, damp it down soon as you've made up the pots and just be a normal, sensible person as the vast majority of us are - enjoy your gardening.  

Hundreds of missing bulbs

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:30

I do agree with Hogweed, I do not find spring bulbs long lasting.  I suspect the hybridising that has occurred over the years has reduced the life span - I too replace daffodils, irises and just about all the little bulls every few years - which means some type every year.  The only ones that come back regularly are the snowdrops, and I think the birds resow those each year.


There are one or two old daffs and tulips that do return, just 2 or 3, but the rest just go.

Survivor

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:26

Still might be a petunia, I had one that lived for 3 years in a trough in which garlic grew - it froze several times but came back smiling.  Eventually something ate it. 

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 19:46

John Innes 2 is meant for more mature plants rather than sowing seeds, so is rather more lumpy - and it will depend upon whomsoever made it.  There is a John Innes 1 and a seed slowing compost which are finer and without feed, as you want for seed sowing.  Avoiding peat, I have found that there are several good composts about but if you want them for seedings you need to dilute with seedling compost  so mix and sieve it yourself.   Many of the supermarket brands are coarse as they are trying to reduce the use of peat too, but seem not to take the time to completely rot down bark etc., which takes time the peat did not.


I love vermiculite and have used it in my compost, tubs, baskets and pots for many, many years, I prefer it from perlite, it is a natural mica and does nothing but open the coarser compost and hold moisture when needed.  A nursery not too far from us sells it in huge sacks which makes it quite inexpensive.  I often sprinkle it over seeds that don't really need cover as it lets the light in, but stops those tiny seeds from being blown away!!   If used with compost in very big pots it keeps the weight down, and does help avoid compaction.


Whatever works for each of us I guess, we'll all have our likes and experiences and can share that and hope someone finds it useful - or not!!

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:20

going back to labels, it doesn't matter what you make them of, from whence you buy them, or what you use to write with - the blackbirds will pull them out and scatter them all over the place anyway!!  One year I tried to grow what I thought was canary creeper up a fence and was surprised when they turned out to be dahlias, and I put lettuces where I wanted larkspur - thanks to the blackbirds!  Gotta love them though…….

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 14:22

Adore lilies, and have never stopped growing dahlias - cannot think why fashion comes into it  but such is life


Enjoy your shopping too -  we all will I hope. 

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:38

dahlias and lily bulbs - trying to be good, but suspect I shall fail as ever - but I will try - honest!!

Mulch allowed to touch stems?

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 09:40

Don't forget that the plants, nor anything else in your garden, have neither read the books nor seen the television programmes, and they all get on just fine!

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 21:29

Sounds as if you've given it the best chance it can have, if it still dies then you can rest assured you did as much as was possible.  Let's hope.  Taking out the top, heavier branches was a good idea.  Lets wait and see.  

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