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Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:30
NoviceHerbs says:

so the multi compost and john innes no 3 are effectively potting mix


See original post

 Yes, you've got it.


But JI No 3 is for large plants that will stay in the containers for a year or more - like container grown fruit trees, roses etc.  I use JI No 2 for other plants e.g. herbs.


I don't like using Miracle Grow - to me it's a bit like feeding plants on steroids - I prefer to use organic  fertilisers, but that's just my personal preference. 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 16:31:50

Please help with plant, tree and weed ID

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:25

The first is a flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum, http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ribes-sanguineum-pulborough-scarlet/classid.4331/ 


The second looks like Acanthus spinosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/acanthus-spinosus/classid.2000018488/ 


Afraid I can't zoom enough to identify the third.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:19

You could mow and edge my grass Yvie 

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 16:18

However, there are several different types of potting mix/compost.


Some are soil-less, e.g. what is known as Multi Purpose Compost.  Some of these contain peat and some have coir and other materials replacing the peat.


The others are loam or soil-based potting mix/composts and are based on the John Innes formula. 


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=952 

I broke a bud off my maiden fruit tree.

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:57

To fan train a cherry properly so that it fruits well you have to shorten the main stem every year  - this site shows you how to do it.


Scroll down past espalier to fan training http://www.chepstowgardencentre.co.uk/product-range/58/how-to-train-a-fruit-tree 

Ants in Compost

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:53

It'll be fine to use.  Don't use ant powder - it's an indiscriminate insecticide.  Ants are probably in your compost because it's too dry and not turned often enough - keep it slightly damp and turned regularly and they'll go and live elsewhere.  

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 15:47

Tomatoes pricked out   I've been very firm with myself and only potted up the number that I'll need for myself and friends rather than doing every single one and ending up living in a tomato jungle for most of the summer.  Basil and courgettes potted on, and rudbeckias and monarda pricked out too.  


The birds are making lots of use of our birdbath ... there were three starlings sharing and splashing about a little while ago ... we're refilling it twice a day at the moment.  The robins are helping themselves to live mealworms from a dish on the garden bench in the far corner - as soon as they empty it they come to a fence post near the house and start shouting at us 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 15:47:54

Are these weeds?

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:51

I've got several growing in the veg patch, along with foxgloves, forgetmenots and sweet rocket. 

Growing Garlic and Spring onion

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:46

Never tried it ... can't see that it would grow into anything much good.  Besides, I eat that bit, it's the bit with all the flavour.  


As you're into herbs, why not get a pot of chives and split them up and pot them on - they'll increase really well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vxi6fc9GRM   Then you've always got some lovely oniony chives for soups, scrambled eggs, omelettes etc, whenever you want them.


Also, I don't know whether you get the Gardeners World magazine, but the April edition has a big section on growing herbs ... I'm sure you'd find it useful 

Last edited: 23 April 2017 13:50:06

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 13:40

Nightingales are very loud, with fluting trills interspersed in the song.  I was once woken up by one when I was sound asleep in a cottage on Bodmin Moor.  Beautiful.  You lucky thing.  They like dense scrubby areas.  

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