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Latest posts by break23

Vermicomposting for begginers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 18:22

Although I haven't got room for a wormery at the moment Edd, I have so enjoyed reading all the info you have provided.  I'm very keen on composting and have learnt so much from this site on how to achieve good results.  I'm sure all the info you have provided will spur many gardeners to act on your advice.

Quick Dahlia question

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 16:07

When I dug my plants up last year, one of them had a slug  eating its way through one of the tubers.  I'm sure that if I hadn't dug the plant up then, the whole of it would have disappeared.

......the good guys

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 10:44

I no longer deal with Parkers as ordered plug bedding plants from them which arrived beginning of June by which time I had bought others from GCs.  The perennials are large plug plants which I usually lose in the soil because of their size or they just sit in pots not growing.  I now buy perennials from GCs and can often split them into two or three plants.  It's so easy to be seduced by all those lovely colourful pictures in the catalogue.  I'm sure though, that better gardeners than me have success with the company otherwise they wouldn't keep going.

climbing plants

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 12:23

Thanks for that info Bizzy Lizzie.  Now just waiting for a day without rain to get out there and do it.

climbing plants

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 21:13

A year down the line, I now have an evergreen clematis in a 4ltr pot and which I must soon plant into a permanent large pot.  Just need advice please on the compost.  Will ordinary potting compost, which I use for my summer baskets and containers, do or should I buy a more expensive one?

Who's eating the peanuts?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 13:01

Squirrels and rats both used to eat from my 'squirrel proof' hanging bird feeders filled with peanuts.  Changed to filling the feeders with seeds for birds but gave up the day I saw two rats both hanging on each feeder and eating the seeds.

Gardening courses or classes - special treat

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 12:52

Hi RD can't comment on courses in your area as live in West Sussex.  However, I have just enrolled on a Saturday, 6 hour, adult education course, in April, learning how to make plant supports, obelix etc. with hazel and willow.  So, it may be worth your while seeking out the adult education courses.  The one I'm doing does involve me travelling 30 miles to get there but it's something I have thought about doing for several years. Certainly it's lifted my spirits after spending weeks looking at all the water lying on top of the soil in my garden and more rain is set to arrive.  Hope you manage to sort out a course.

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 10:02

Many thanks for all that info folks.  Those prices are a fraction of what my local GC charges.  It's also interesting to read which product you use with seeds and for drainage and also which you use on top of pots to prevent moss.  All very useful info.

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 09:48

Where do you buy your vermiculite please?  My local GC is very expensive and it's sold in very small bags.. I have just looked on amazon and wonder if that is a better buy.


Posted: 20/12/2013 at 20:42

Since asking for information on rhubarb I have dug up the two plants I had and I was amazed at the size of the roots.  I can now appreciate Bob the Gardener what you said about the size of pots required.  The oldest plant split quite easily so I have now put three plants into clay soil which has been treated with sand, grit and manure from local stables.  I would not give you a thank you for rhubarb but as I tend to dominate the garden with my flowers and shrubs,  I have been kind to OH and will give the rhubarb some tlc.  Thanks to all for your advice.

Discussions started by break23

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propagating oriental poppies 
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will it grow in pots 
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flower or weed?

identification please 
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industrial use of greenfield site

Bioaerosols released into village 
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when is best time to do this? 
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dehead or leave

peonie and iris 
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identification please

iris type leaves with cream flowers 
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what did I buy?

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black bamboo

which type of container 
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First new year resolution for 2014

it's happened again 
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help needed with identification

seed heads 
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climbing plants

evergreen clematis in pot 
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when to move from pot to soil 
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can deer be deterred? 
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bird food 
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