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what can i use instead of plastic pots

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 22:14

Fantstic expectations with Freecyle, I  don't feel the need the for a soldering iron to make holes in  things .When I reuse takeaway/ microwave meals trays/ yoghurt pots  to sow seeds I just stab holes in the bottom of the container with a fork

rubber plant

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:56

I  agree,  more info would be good. When I have grown this, a good misting to avoid red spider mite really helped the plant.  Also a good wipe of the leaves with a damp cloth helped too. I have found that bottom leaves do drop with age.

Dr Hessayon "Expert" books are full of useful informaion, if you follow his advice you can't go far wrong..  Many years ago I had a jungle indoors following his advice.

The great thing is that you can still pick up his books very cheap on ebay or in charity shops., I think the it's called "indoor plant expert"


Indoor pot plant display

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 23:18

I would go for succulents, money plant or mother in laws tongue. They can cope with some low light and  neglect. You can always give it a boost by putting it the sun in the Summer, they can live outside in these months as well.

August in your garden...

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 22:49

@gardeningfactic- Thanks, I'm so pleased with them. It was my first year of growing them from seed.

Went out in the garden earlier and the scent from my night scented stock was all over the place.


window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 22:39

grai- It's been rubbish for all of us. The best feeling  is looking at flowers that you have grown from seed. There's a few  of my Cosmos out today!

I can't resist packets of seed, so many possibilities


Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 22:15

Hello everyone, I haven't heard them for a couple of weeks, but went out tonight and there they were. I too thought that they had gone, I have this feeling that they are on their way.

gardeninggenes- There is a lot more legislation these days and it's a lot easier to find out about  this now and raise objections (anoymously}  if needed.

My employer, I'm sure doesn't really care about the House Martins but is aware of it's green credentials and  it's legal requirments.


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

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