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Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:50

I find Homebase MP possibly the best from a large retailer.BQ seems to have improved but not for seed has it has too much woody bits in it.

Used a composts called Jacks  Magic for my baskets and containers last year and had great results

Sentimental Plants

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 21:30

Its amassing how gardening makes us think about the loved one we have lost.When my dear dad passed away , my wife and I decided to plant a purple acer in his memory.I was a bit worried that the frost would take it so in winter in went in the GH.But ever year it has got bigger and better and now it holds a special place in my garden. My dad was not a lover of gardening but he admired how people made the great effort to garden and produce beautiful gardens

The acer was brought in memory of my dad but the memories are always there.

God bless you dad


ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:17

It appears to be a ceanothus shrub with its dark gloss leaves and blue flowers.Definately not a tree

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:44

Hi sweet pea

Are you sure it a tree ?

The reason I'm asking that is because you have stated its not a large tree but well esbablished

Could it be a shrub and if so it could be an evergreen type


Plant IDs Please

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:42

Apologies , I did not realise it was unrelated photos . but photo no 4 is a spirea gold flame 

Plant IDs Please

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:38

Im with  hostafan it looks like spirea gold flame but a bit sceptical if the previous photos add to it been the same plant

Will I ever learn?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 20:33

I hope you don't mind if i suggest that you do an old method of sowing seeds.

After preparing the boarder for the seeds, lay a bamboo cane on to the soil and press in to the ground. This will make a small depression in the soil for you to lay the seeds in to. Do this at 6in widths until you have covered the area. This will then meam that the seed wiill grow in straight line and you will be then be able to distinguish what is a new seedling and what is a weed 




good morning everyone

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 22:11


I wouldn't worry about cutting a foot off the top of your conifers as long as you the sides and do not go in to the old wood 

Same here, hope you get over the misfortune of what happened and keep your chin up

Easy Fill Hanging Baskets Advice

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:45

Hi Chas

Yes, as this was the suppliers information. They were been sold on one of the shopping channels and are advertised as the  professional gardeners hanging basket. I found them excellent  for trailing petunias and surfina's and as I stated had a great display last year. I used Westmorland  hanging basket compost and I found thecease easy to place the plants due to design of the basket.Also the sunken reservoir at the bottom of the basket holds the water. The design of the basket means it does not require any liner and I was a little bit sceptical on if they would be able to hold water and feed to the plants. But the proof was in last years display that was the best I had achieved.

As regards the number of plants to use , I did fill the basket up to its maximum including the top of the basket that is done by mounding the compost on top before placing in the plants.

in my opinion you could use less plants and still get a good display from this basket.

A good tip is to put the basket click in sections in warm water before starting to plant up this basket as this will make them more easy to fit in to their side sections


Easy Fill Hanging Baskets Advice

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:40


Are the baskets in question the ones that have click in sections that allow you to place the plants in the basket without difficulty with not damaging the root ball. They are black  in colour and cost about £10 per basket . If they are, then I had 2 last year and the performance of the plants were the best I had seen in a basket




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