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Posted: 04/02/2015 at 08:30

I've never really seen the point in covering the soil with cardboard, plastic, carpets etc over the winter as some people recommend.  If the weed seeds are in the soil and they don't germinate in mild spells over the winter then they'll germinate in the spring after the covering is removed, probably about the time that you're sowing or planting, and the germinating weeds will have to be removed from amongst the rows of plants - a much more fiddly and tedious task than just hoeing and raking or picking up all over the plot at the end of winter to remove the weeds.

The only time I'd cover bare soil like that is if there is a stand of thistles, willow herb or similar nearby and their windblown seeds are likely to land on my plot.

Buying plants on the Web

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:57

For perennials you won't do better than Woottens of Wenhaston

Superb choice and great service


Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:53

Good morning folks!  Bitterly cold here too!  Roads look like glass!  Keep safe everyone!

Panda ((hugs)) make the most of a little bit of time to yourself, then onwards and upwards my friend   In the meantime, there's snowdrops to visit and cakes to eat

RE: Avocado Plant

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:45

I'd use a general multipurpose compost - some added vermiculite to improve the drainage would be good, but if you don't have any then just be aware not to over water - let the compost get nearly dry before watering again. 

I'd use a 6" pot to start with so that the bottom is heavy enough and it won't over-balance when the plant grows bigger.  Eventually it will need a larger pot but not for a couple of years or so. 

In the summer I'd start giving it some general houseplant fertiliser - not too much - according to the instructions on the packet.


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 19:20

Oh dear Fidget!  ((hugs)) Well, look on the bright side - at least you won't be wasting good gardening time when you're writing a stinging reposte to them!


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 18:54

No donuts here Podd, but you can have a bit bowl of pea and ham soup - if that wouldn't be cannibalistic?


Posted: 03/02/2015 at 17:41

I want doughnuts!!!  But it's a Fast Day

Keepers nursery

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 16:19

I've had brilliant service from Reads

Never used Keepers - sorry.

Birdfood = worms = MOLES!

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 15:30

Have you counted all your toes lately?

Birdfood = worms = MOLES!

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 15:13

But Wikipedia says moles eat a variety of nuts!!!

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