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John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 20:01

Pot away Craigh! As I said - I'd somehow assumed you had hedging or shrubs of some kind.

Verdun's advice is spot on. Just watch how much water you give 'em and good luck with getting the garden sorted!  

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:38

I've only just read this thread Henry and I'd agree with the other comments. That's a very poorly constructed fence.  People are chancers  

He sounds like he's looking for a convenient way of getting the job done properly. He probably won't take kindly to you saying his fence is a heap of **** though, so you may have to be careful!  

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:25

I think I've assumed Craigh has bought shrubs or hedging Verd. 

I'd agree - if it's perennials, I'd keep them potted for a while.

I'm sure he'll let us know what he has  

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 18:41

What is it you have Craigh? I should have asked that first  

You should be able to put most bare root stuff out just now unless the ground's really unsuitable.

As Yvie said - JI 3 is mainly for plants which are in pots long term - like a specimen shrub or tree. 

Love in a Mist - Nigella

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 18:37

Our heavy rainfall right through the year doesn't help these kinds of seeds. They rot very quickly, especially if it stays cold - which it does. The combination makes them less successful than they are for people further south.  I always had them in the shelter of the house wall. 

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 18:02

'John Innes' is a formula Craigh - different formulas for different purposes. Are you intending putting the plants into a border soon? If so, I'd just be careful how much water you give them. If you prefer, you could repot with something lighter like a multi purpose. 


Posted: 03/03/2016 at 17:36

Get them into the ground or pots as soon as possible. They'll just dry out and be of no use for next year. They need to have a chance to build up their reserves for the following year, so although they might not come to much now, it gives them a chance for the future.

Tulips often deteriorate anyway over time (apart from the species and bog standard red and yellow ones) so many people grow them as annuals. Depends on the variety they are  

Love in a Mist - Nigella

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 17:33

I've always them sown direct  (although I don't really grow them any more)  but I'd agree with Esspee that clay is no use for them. They need gritty, well drained soil.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 17:31

Carol has a 'wee thing' for Bryan Adams, Yvie  

LP - very stressful for you all. Can only hope any tests they do will bring up and answer and, more importantly, a solution. 

KEF - the snow we were meant to get early yesterday morning didn't really materialise. Think the Pennines/north of England and the Borders  were to get the worst of it. Hopefully it won't lie too long. 


Posted: 03/03/2016 at 08:01

Not even started yet 

I usually sow direct outside - weather permitting - in April. If I start them indoors it would be in a couple of weeks, otherwise they'll get too leggy before I can harden them off to go outside. You have plenty of time 

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