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Plastic Plant pots - recycled

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:43

I use square pots for pricking out / potting on - they are around 25% more efficient in terms of the volume you can get per unit area. (taught that on a propagation course run by a Peter Thompson. Anyone heard of him?) 

Tonight's programme

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:14

Monty has impressed me so much more since moving from Berryfields. He seems so much more relaxed and happy on his own patch.  He practises organic gardening but does not preach it. He got some stick to start with about the state of his box hedging, and how much of it there was, but it looks a lot better now. And he's not bothered about getting a good soaking and looking like a drowned rat for the sake of the programme.  Even Carole seems to have tempered her enthusiasm and is not as "over the top" as she used to be, so I can listen to her words of wisdom without cringing at her dramatics.  Or is it just that I am getting more mellow?  And Joe is a lot more interesting talking about garden design than he was when messing about on his allotment. 

I do agree that the spring sessions should be longer. I enjoyed the euphorbia slot, but was not interested in the pond bit - I've done it in a previous garden but no chance in my current one. These slots are great provided there is enough time left for general advice of value to most of the audience at this critical time of year. 


Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:56

The official advice is to lift in autumn, dry them and plant out in spring. That, I guess, is because they are not reliably hardy (Zone 9). But if you can plant out dry corms in spring, I can't see why you can't plant out freshly lifted ones, assuming they have not perished in the cold winter. In any case, you don't have much to lose. Better find out now, and buy some more if you need to.

Plastic Plant pots - recycled

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:36

I used to work in the Confectionery Industry. The fancy see-through plastic on Easter Eggs is not recyclable. Just think how many of those are now on their way to landfill! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:32

Awful! Suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Been out to my greenhouse to inspect my  seedlings and plantlets in detail. So far I can report no change since I inspected them last evening, but I'll pop out in an hour or two just to be sure they don't need attention.  

Plastic Plant pots - recycled

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 15:19

Some of the big garden centre chains that used to offer a pot recycling facility have now withdrawn it because of the difficulty in separating out all the different plastics, such as polyethylene , polypropylene,  polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as they can't all be mixed together. Some can't be recycled at all. The bulk plastic needs to be sorted at a specialist recycling plant. PVC sinks, the others float so have to be sorted by hand. I have seen one of these plants, with a big water bath and  conveyor belt where plastics are sorted. What a job!! 

I suspect that a lot of it is shipped to the Middle / Far East for recycling, and I fear that some of it is then landfilled, but I can't be sure. 

At home I try to separate out my plastics into those that can and can't be recycled.   OH just told me off for putting plastic packaging from bacon in the recycle bin. It should go in the black landfill bin!

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 14:25

In Boston market yesterday I saw some wisteria "Amethyst Falls" that were only 70cm tall, and they had several big flower buds.  I am sure one of mine is the same variety!  

So, out with the secateurs in June, cut out all but the strongest stems, and cut the remaining ones back by half. Hopefully I'll see buds developing next February, and I'll cut back again to fatten them up. 

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 14:05

£4 a bag. Take off VAT - £3.20. Take off Wickes profit at (say) 30% - £2.25. Take off delivery cost to Wickes (say 50p a bag - it's heavy stuff) £1.75. Take off manufacturer's profit and manufacturing cost  to get raw material cost of less than £1, or around £40 a tonne. Then there's the cost of delivery to the manufacturer....... 

That's why manufacturers are packing rubbish into their compost. I pay more than that for bulk gravel!

raised beds

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 13:36

Try a few hellebores - the hybrids of the Lenten Rose.  Most have a frustrating habit of nodding their heads so you can't see the best of the flowers without lifting them up. In a raised bed you can see the flowers more easily. I have seen masses of them - at Hodsock I think - growing on a bank where many of them were at head height or higher.  They looked superb. 

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