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Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 18:22

Along with my frogspawn has come a heron! I know it is nature but the way he is wolfing down the frogs is unbelievable. I have chased him a few times as I hate to see my thriving pond emptied but he has to eat too....   

Frogspawn 2013

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 17:23

Hi, thought it might be interesting to see the spread of frogspawn across the country in our ponds. Here in Greater London/Essex it arrived today - 9 clumps so far. I wonder how much of it will survive given the forecast for the weekend and into next week!

Anyone else with any frogspawn yet?

Newbies

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 21:18

Couldn't agree more with sotongeoff. Even experienced gardeners are still learning and   sometimes it is good to hear the basics again...there is often more than one way of doing some things and that often provokes 'good' discussion.

You are very welcome to the forum and I hope we can all help you with a good start to your gardening. There is no such thing as a silly question - if you don't ask the question you might never know the answer!    We are all learning, just some of have a head start (usually in the age department!)   

CATS

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 22:46

A water scarecrow attaches to hose pipe and squirts water when the movement sensor is triggered; can be moves around; works 24/4 - don't go for the other cheaper options, they are a waste of money. Works with foxes too but the postman may be a problem if you are using it in the front garden! They are expensive but worth it. I have had mine for years - shop around as the prices vary.

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=contech+water+scarecrow&oq=contech+water+scarecrow&gs_l=hp.3..0i30j0i8i30l2.2444.9479.0.12448.23.21.0.2.2.0.94.1249.21.21.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.3.psy-ab.eccp-FR7M7s&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42452523,d.d2k&fp=527f2f31e79ff8b6&biw=1920&bih=929

 

sowing seeds

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 18:49

Good advice from sotongeoff. Planting in a few weeks time if you have nowhere to keep all these seedlings frost free and they will soon catch up with earlier sowings with the extra day length and  (hopefully) warmth!

Unknown Beastie in the garden !!!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 18:46

I really laughed at your comment - 

Alan4711 wrote (see)

 did i move back fast or what the old bottle took a turn i,ll tell you,

 

a lovely turn of phrase, I wonder if the rat did the same thing!

sowing seeds

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 22:12

You can start off your tomatoes in a propagator now. You can start lettuce in pots (not propagator) peas and beans can also be started to be planted out when the weather improves - what part of the country are you in?

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 23:23

 OOps meant to add - they only gave the results for 22 composts as the other 5 have been reformulated for this year, the ones listed have not.

Bottom on the peat list was Westland multipurpose, 70% peat and a test score of 59% and Verve John Innes seed compost, 50% peat and a test score of 48%

The botton 2 peat free were both grow bags - New Horizon organic & peat free and Verve grow your own peat free - both with a test score of 34%

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 23:13

A little more detail to answer the questions above - The survey appears in the current Jan/Feb 2013 Which? garden magazine. The survey was conducted from spring 2012 to find the best buy composts for growing seeds and young plants.

They tested 27 widely available composts - 18 peat based, 9 peat free and asked  mystery shoppers to buy them from 4 different regions in the country.

First they tested the handling and texture of the compost for its suitability for small seeds.

They then tried to raise 12 pots of marigolds and basil seeds from each compost ( 3 from each bag bought  from the 4 different areas in the country) Apparently basil does not germinate well if there is a high level of dissolved nutrients in the compost and marigolds will not thrive if the nutrient levels are too low! They counted germinated seeds and the size and quality of the seedlings.

Then they tested for growing on young plants and seedlings - 20 snapdragon and 20 tomato seedlings were potted up in each compost. Again snapdragons struggle if nutrient levels are too high and tomato don't thrive if they are too low. They were grown on without feeding until the largest were ready to be planted out. All plants were rated on size, quality and leaf colour.

They state that although grow bags are not intended for using to raise seeds  they tested them as some people do use them for this purpose as they are so cheap.

Brands tested included Westland, Bulrush, Verve(B&Q) New Horizon, Levington, Miracle gro, Homebase, Vital Earth, Arthur Bower's 

The best peat free compost was Miracle - Gro concentrated enriched compost with  a test score of 73% with Vital Earth  multipurpose compost 2nd with a test score of 65%

Hope this helps

 

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 22:17

Just been reading Which? magazine's reviews of the performance of different composts for growing seeds and young plants.

Top is Arthur Bower's seed and cutting compost following by 3 different Verve(B&Q) composts -  grow bag then sowing and cutting then multipurpose. Interestingly and as they say 'disappointingly' all the worthy Best Buy  composts for raising plants in are peat based - though the percentage for each varies!

                                                                                         test score

Arthur Bower's seed and cutting compost is 95% peat                91%

Verve Grow your Own Growing Bag 55% peat                             91%

Verve Sowing and Cutting Compost 75% peat                             89%

Verve Multipurpose Compost  58% peat                                      88%

Any comments, experiences, recommendations?

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