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Top Soil

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:18

What about your lawn??? Are you laying down inferior soil. Is the grass not worthy???

Only kidding CharleyD. 

If its good enough for the grass then it is good stuff.

advice please

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:13

You should have plants in bloom from autumn to early summer but we do not know the conditions you are growing in? A bit more detail will help.

Many of the common problems arise from growing these woodland, acid-loving plants in the wrong conditions.They are also prone to a range of pests and diseases, that you should look up. 

Please let us know what conditions it is kept in and then we will have a better chance to help you.



Paper pots, first year. Will this become a problem.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 22:55


This is my first year making (and growing in) paper pots. I love the thought of this and as a, skinflint have tried it now. 

I bought my first seed compost, EVER!  (wilko £4 for 80Lt, half price) it was all i could carry in one go.

Now i know from previous posts on here, that paper produces mycelium, but i did not realise how fast they grew in it. When i put my new seeds and pots into a plastic bag, (mini) propagator on a window sill, just a plastic bag! 

The seeds have just started to germinate after 9 days ( they were very tiny seeds )

but the paper is starting to spread mould into the center of the pots.

As most know i am a big fan of mycelium/fungi and moss and i know how hungry they can be.

The question is? Will they try to feed off the seeds in the pot??? 

This is a new situation for me and did not expect the fast mycelium growth in the bags. ( no matter how much i love it)

Anyhow here is the photo of the boxes. Designed by me, for window sills and the ones i am using at the moment are half the size (only 6 cells instead of 12)




I used 12" pizza boxes for the base (modified). I have to admit i did not waterproof the base on the first few. (that was a mistake). I now line the base with cling film. and find them most useful.

Will the mould take over like i know it will, or will the seeds survive, once i take the bag off. 

Anyone have any experience of paper pot mould, please???

Kind regards


Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:49

Sorry!!! I have just re read and had to laugh out loud. Not much of a comparison really is it!

It does have buds and new leaf just though and the leaf is just like the pics, being longer rather than wide (if that makes sense?) 



saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:45


Its more expensive than cocaine, gold and diamonds, gram for gram.

I have to agree it does not have much flavor unless in bread? It is more or a colorant in food but don't we have a much cheaper option in Turmeric???? 


New worms for wormery

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:31

Swedboy. You say "Probably over 1.5 half ago." I presume you mean 'years'  Have you emptied the bin??? Have you checked  to see what life you have got or have you just left it for dead. ( you will be amazed what will be in there now)

Believe me when i say there is no neeed! to buy worms . Mix 70/40 cardboard/ newspaper with food scraps and shove it in a ice cream carton,  with a few holes in the bottom and then they will breed. ( aged food and bedding for a week)

Crushed egg shells will help at this time of year. ( i say crushed but i mean oven dried and pulverised in a blitzer, like coarse grit.)

You know what they look like so stop pratting about and farm them. In 3 weeks time, they will be laying eggs and then in 2 weeks after they can go outside ( not that there is any harm now)  Not sure what your setup was Swedboy, but you sound like you looked into this and had a go but you gave up. 

Check under your pots outside, and find them. Pick them up and give them a new home.

Put them in a small box and watch them grow. When you get too many, put them outside or better still pass them on to a new compost heap, Just like your request.

NEVER, NEVER, EVER, Pay for worms. There is no need, in this country .

Kind regards



Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 20:59

hello David K.

Not sure what to say. I have had  this pot in the same situation, for 2 years. It actually went into a smaller pot (just a inch, allround, same height) It faces east on a street and is hidden behind a low wall.

It is grafted to a (sycamore ??? as i get small sprouts from the base)

I saw your small pots and wondered why mine are not the same. ( please bear with me) 

It was given to me as dead.

It has grown in topsoil,  only and orange peel + worm casts for 1+ 1/2 years.

Its not big and does not change colour like yours. Mine is more like a deeper dark red. Like this

 With the dark colour of this.

 this is the plant now (below) 

Please forgive the cat protection, but sharp edges up their arses works. And the daffs are just there for show. I have cut off overlapping branches and it has always done well ( just not what i wanted), So im not sure what i am asking.  It is starting to leaf (just)  and i put 1" of worm compost on top.  Its has minced lemon and orange pulp/skins  for a year. ( my attempt to raise the hp)

At the end of the day. I do not know what it is, or what the soil hp is or how to help it. 

Here is a photo with buds gust starting leaf.




saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:56


gardenning granny.

I spoke to fast and did not want to cause offence. but it is true.

King regards


pea supports

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:52

I think that, what Dove has said a used is the best. There is no problem with twigs but the plant gets entwined.

Cut hazelnut or cob and then use the straight caines. If they are too big then use them for wigwams for sweet pea!

Coppice on hazel is good.

Sometimes the farmer can't get round to do this ( in the hedges). these are the trees you want.

The whole point of coppicing is to grow more fruit = high stems, for Next year.

Are we all nuts or just (wanting things too soon) ???? 

Time will tell.



saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:23


Only 3 bits, tiny bits in the middle of the plant that is the stamen! that is saffron!  Do not get confused, do you see now? You have too nearly kill the plant to get your gold. Its the stamen that counts and that is why it is so expensive.

Apart from the colour, do you think it gives flavour? Is it worth it???????????????????

Kind regards


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