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Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:18

I don't bother with the "sticking it in water" bit - just put it in a pot of growing medium and water sparingly - it always works for me.

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:04

A HotBin, operating well , will get up to in excess of 60 Celcius - which will kill weed seeds. The trick in a compost heap/bin is to ensure all of the material gets to over 60 - mixing it up helps but its often all a bit marginal - which is where the weed seeds creep in unkilled.

I put my finished compost in empty raised beds in the spring and leave them to germinate anything left - like a "stale" seed bed - that way I can see if anything undesirable has been left!


If you want to see my thoughts on the HotBin ( and my composting set up and garden) go to and have a look at what I get up to

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 16:25

Carbon Gold is good stuff, as is Fertile Fibre which is also coir based, peat free and Soil Association approved for organic growing. I use it all the time along with a small amount of Moorland Gold peat - which is also certified Organic and is non mined peat  - a by product of hydroelectric schemes where peat suspended in the riverwater washes into the filters.

Hope this is helpful

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