Gary Hobson

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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 12:12

Great truck.

Not absolutely certain mine will arrive today. It's coming Royal Mail parcels. So might be tomorrow, but I'm still optimistic.

"My Reviews"

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:19
Leggi wrote (see)
I'm in the 1237 review club too,
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

I'm in the 1237 review club too

Caz W wrote (see)

Don't forget me - I will bring a cake to the 1237 Club party

FloMarmalade wrote (see)

 I've found my invitation to the 1237 party too  

Correction folks.

I think you will find that the number is 1238.

The reviews (in general) are a feature of the site that a lot of us have not been using. We can put any of our own observations on here, about any particular plants that we grow, and build up a knowledge base about all these plants.

'My Reviews' does seem to be quite a novel feature. I had a peek at the profile of Geoffrey Soton CBE, and he has the same plants as me. They seem to the most recent 10 plants that anyone has reviewed.

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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:45

DVD rack, and garden truck. More utilitarian than luxury.

I've been thinking of ordering a few plants. I normally buy from my GC. But by buying online you do get a much wider range of choice.

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 08:10

There's a long thead about composts, that mentions the Which report, here:

Lyon Greene wrote (see)

Which? have been researching the issue, systematically. Their results are published in the January/February issue of Gardening Which. I haven't seen the full report, only a summary of their results...

27 brands were tested, for seed-sowing and raising young plants.

Three brands have been selected as 'best buy'. They are all peat-based...

  • Sinclair’s J Arthur Bowers’ Seed and Cutting Compost
  • B&Q’s Verve Grow Your Own Growing Bag
  • Verve Seed and Cutting Compost and Verve Multipurpose Compost.


Next, also recommended, though not 'best buys'...

  • Westland Jack’s Magic all Purpose
  • Westland Gro-Sure Seed & Cutting
  • Levington John Innes Seed compost.


Best peat-frees, but not as good as the peat ones...

  • Miracle-Gro Expand n’ Gro
  • Vital Earth Multipurpose compost.


If anyone subscribes to the magazine they might have some more details, about how good, or bad, all the others were. I don't know which brands came bottom.

But we don't know the details of the tests, nor which brands should be avoided, and why.

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Posted: 08/02/2013 at 07:44

Morning forkers,

Pennine Petal wrote (see)

It's 4 in the monrning  and once more the dawning ............and I'm blniking awake early again!

Does posting at 4 have anything to do with jetlag - body clock still running on HK time. That's a common problem amongst the international forking set.

A cold day ahead. Anyway I have to stay inside as I'm expecting two parcels from Amazon.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:06

Something more Beatrix Potter then.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 15:02

Sounds like Watership Down, Fiver and Hazel, etc....

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 14:15

What did happen there?

I tried to cut and paste that URL, and I couldn't copy it.

But if you doulbe-click on the Huffington post URL (even though it doesn't appear to be a link), it opens up a new window, with the video. But the new window is a strange one, and doesn't seem to have a scroll bar.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 10:40

Tesco man has been, shopping all packed away.

No substitutes; nice yellow bananas, I couldn't have chosen them better myself. Mushrooms just a touch on the large side, but not to worry.

Being a 'picker' for Tescos must be a really interesting job. That's how they make up these orders. They have people who actually go round the real stores picking the shoppting for the on-line orders. It does work in a very similar way to the Borg advert...

Though the pickers normally wear less conspicuous outfits.

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Posted: 07/02/2013 at 08:28

Morning forkers,

A bright crisp morning.

Got a couple of interesting Emails this morning. One was from Tesco customer service, asking if I would fill in a satisfaction survey about my latest delivery (which is expected this morning).

I am expecting this delivery to be on time, and with no substitutes.

I also got an Email with the subject line '£50 off your next shop at ASDA'. It might conceivably have been genuine, but I decided not to click on the link. (seeing I am already satisfied with Tesco). That Email was actually sent to an ancient Email address that I never use for outgoing mail, and which just collects spam.

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