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advice on seed compost

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:27

Hi I spoke to someone at wilko's and they said that it had been changed a while ago and I just got a dodgy bag. They gave me a free bag to try. My other seeds are however germinating in the knarly stuff so it must be ok? However things seem to be slow and would benefit from being on a window sill instead of outsid but I don't have that luxury at the moment.

advice on seed compost

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:17


I've always used Wilkinson's own brand and have had great success but this last batch was pretty rubbish. It was very heavy with lits of be bris and loads of sand not at all fine and got water logged quicker. Consequently I've had to chuck a few trays worth as the seeds just rotted away.

I don't know what everyone else likes/prefers? Or do you use your own make?? If so what do you use? 

Thanks for all your help and hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous weather as much as me! 



Problem plant identification and irradiation!!

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 10:12

Muddy fork yes a greenish/white flower with a spike that produces red berries. Apparent it's poisonous?? 

Problem plant identification and irradiation!!

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 09:18


Problem plant identification and irradiation!!

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 09:03


So after many attempts at ridding my front and rear garden from this monster I've finally decided to ask if anyone else has any advice?? It's driving me completely crazy. 

Firstly it was present in both sites when we moved in and despite my many attempts to dig up/weedkiller etc it still comes back. We have completely changed our back garden, making it a lovely child-friendly place with my raised bed and other bed/areas for plants. But I must have left this plant in the ground in part while the digger was turning it over and it has now spread, in part to other areas of the lawn/beds! 

I even applied glyphosate, by gloved hand to the individual leaves but it killed them off and the surrounding grass!! Now I have part killed the plant off and have incredibly burned/brown grass.


I would love to see the back of this plant and have even dug them out by hand but unless you get every single one out properly and include the bulb it will come back!!

I'll go and take a decent picture and post to this thread in a bit.


Thanks for reading.


have I killed my Dahlias?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 10:34
Thanks so much. I've contacted the supplier unfortunately they do not have many left now as all are ordered the previous year and dispatched spring. They are going to check what they have left and let me know in due course.

have I killed my Dahlias?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 16:53
I have made sure they've not experienced any extreme temperatures. Think I've over watered them. I checked the roots and they seem fine. I'm hopeful that they will put on some growth....I'll keep checking them and see what happens.
I was not expecting such small plants to be honest...hey we live and learn.

have I killed my Dahlias?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:42
Hey guys Hoping to get some advice here on my dahlias. So I purchased some online last Sept and they arrived Friday. All neatly packaged etc but I was expecting tubers and these were young plants. Never mind I thought and followed the instructions of what to do with them to bring them on. Having had huge success with the tubers year in year out I thought this would be no different but after I potted them up and watered them I noticed a couple had started to flop. I put this down to shock and most plants recover after a few more days. But these have just got worse. The smallest ones foliage turned a very ashen shade with dark patches in the middle of the leaves and the others quickly followed. Today they are at their worse, most of the leaves are limp and dead. I've tipped them up and the root systems look healthy but the leaves are horrendous. I'm really hoping they will recover. What should I do?
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