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what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 21:50

 Hello Lavender Lady, Those small pots are very handy, the nursery just round the corner from me has a free section that you can just take. If I see some good offers in B&M or Wilkos I get them there as well. Just bought 20 for a £1.

I do buy a lot of rescue (cheap) plants, so reuse some of the orginal packing. The deeper, triangular ones are great for slightly larger plants. Allows for the plants to develop a good root system without having to disturb it a lot.The ones I reuse are made of tough plastic so don't split with the weight.

The prices quoted by Zoomer sound like a good deal and if you have to bring on a lot 15 in a seed tray sounds good to me



Posted: 08/08/2012 at 21:18

Hi Rain, thanks for the link, as soon as I saw it I wondered if it could be this Harlequin that I've heard about.

Earlier this evening noticed a moth? and what looked like another which had built some sort of cocoon. It's been a long time since since I've thought of life cycle of moth/butterfly


Does anyone what this is called? I like to put a name to what I see


Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:45

I agee,.very cruel & nasty person

I think should report him to what ever authority that deals with it. If you don't get any joy with the police ( although make sure you make a complant), try the National Trust and look on the link that was posted.

Thanks to Dovefromabove that explains why my workplace doesn't ever wash away house martins nests on their beloved building


window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:38

Kate- great news re the snapdragons & scabious. I had wondered if given the right conditions snapdragons would surive into following years.

It has stopped raining, but looks like there's more on it's way

window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:12

No problem

This year has been very poor............ but there's always next

B & Q had daff bulbs for sale today

window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:59

PS- like Kate, I've picked up loads of "rescue plants" in corners of garden centes and DIY places at very low prices. All they need is a bit of TLC to coax them back into life.


window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:55

I know what you mean, I grow most of my stuff from seed, and because of the rain and lack of sunshine a lot my annuals haven't flowered like they should have. My sweetpeas were really late, Purity Cosmos, I have had only 3 measly flowers, with the promise that there might be some more.Scabious are looking like they might flower but very late. All of these plants are very lush looking so I'm still hoping for a bit of show all be it a late one.

obelixx- interesting what you say about snapdragons. My self sown ones are my star performer of this year despite the weather. I've already had their  first show and they are really bushy.


Ant Infestations

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:35

Hi Annie, the red ones do bite, I can see that would be a problem with very young children.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:31

I love it!

I'm trying to create a wildlife garden, so I'm trying with my plants to entice the insects in, other creatures then will follow.

I have a small pond, put in last year. All the advice says it's in exactly the wrong place (and it is) but not so long ago I've seen 2 toads and tadpoles. Nature will find it's own way.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:18

Thanks for the info pavery,

Don't know anything about the new postal system at T & M?  Even though I thought the perennial plants that arrived were very small, they were healthy and most of them are growing up really well. The only exception were the echinaceas, despite poting on I've lost most of them, haven't had much success with my own sowed either- slugs/snails absolutley adore them

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