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Reusing potting soil

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 12:52
B3 says:

Spread it around the garden

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 I would but I don't have a garden :( just space for pots.

Reusing potting soil

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 12:37

Hi. I made a rookie mistake last year by buying containers without drainage holes. I planted plants last year and they did fine without the holes until winter came. 

Obviously all the plants rotted off standing in stagnant water and I've disposed of them. 

Can I save the soil? I have taken it out of said pots, taken out any root balls and left to dry in a huge shallow container in the sun.

Do you think I can use it again for new plants or is it best just to chuck it?

Thanks in advance.

Blosson end rot on my tomatoes?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:21
Just noticed that some of the fruit on my tomatoes have gone brown and soggy from the tip of the tomato upwards. The leaves are in good condition. I hastily picked them all off because i thought it might be an infection. Looked it up and think it might be blosson end rot. What do i need to do to prevent it? Thanks.

Moving my tomatoes

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 20:58
Thanks guys. Decided to leave them where they are. Don't want to run the risk of destroying them. I've been religiously pinching out side shoots and suckers so that's not the problem, the leaf shoots are just so long and getting in the way! Adjusted the bamboo cane situation so they can hopefully stay upright till the end of the season. I have lots of flowers and unripened fruit so I must be doing something right.

I'll use my new growbags and supports next year. Thanks for the advice.

Moving my tomatoes

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 11:25
I planted my tomatoes out in growbags early May and they have already got far too big for the space I have. I currently have 3 plants in a grow bag and they look squashed and cramped. I have also failed slightly with supporting the plants as they grow taller - I have long bamboo canes currently but I fear they will outgrow those. I want to move them to reusable grow bags that I recently bought which have more space and a better support system. I already have unripened fruit on the plants and plenty of flowers. I don't want to shock the plants and make them drop the fruit by moving them. Is this a good idea when the plants are already well established? Should I just suck it up and make do with what I've got or move them? Thanks. (Oh, and I am a novice gardener!)

Can someone help me identify this house plant?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:58

I have aquired a house plant, after my house mate almost killed it. I'm not sure what conditions it wants, so could someone help me identify it?

It's smallish, no bigger than 30cm tall. It has thinnish leaves, about 60mm long, which are furry, but not soft. It has small berries/fruits that are an orange colour, about 15mm big. 

It's growing very quickly on the sunny windowsill it's on at the moment, and gets very thirsty. I'd say it's grown a good 60mm in the last week.

Can someone help me?



Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:16

We also had problems with squirrels and bird feeders. We put a black piping tube about 3 foot high, around the base of the feeder to prevent them from climbing up but they still managed it. We had a feeder that was spring loaded also, which when they climb down from the top onto the feeder, the weight of them draws down the top half of the feeder and the bottom up, closing access to feed. This works, however, it was expensive, and you can't get that much feed it in, plus it's a bugger to clean.

Type squirrel proof feeders into google and see what sort of price them are. Either that or provide a ground feeder for them withe cheap seed to detract them from going up to the feeders for the birds.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:03

Thanks to 'some' people offering helpful advice. I'm actually only 20, and im asking for advice because I perhaps don't have the life experience that others have behind them. The tree doesn't belong to me, it belongs to my parents, but I'm taking the initative to ask other gardeners who may have been in a similar situation, as my parents don't really know what to do with it either (at least they're doing something with it, and wanting to crop it rather than leave the fruit to rot on the ground, which I see so often!). Yes, we can all learn for hindsight, but life isn't a dress rehearsal, you make mistakes and learn from them. I don't want some sad person giving me a lecture about how to garden and how not to, you can garden how you like, after all, the tree is ours, not yours. Isn't this what this forum is all about? Giving and taking advice? After all everyone started somewhere, you can't learn everything the day you popped out into this world. Perhaps you should be a bit more respectful of that. (Pointing the finger towards SD - comparing this to your rescue dogs is a bit extreme, it's a TREE.)

In terms of the tree itself, I'll get my dad to saw it off and go and buy some sealant, if that's what you recommend. I'm sad that after such a good year we'll lose so much crop (because my dad wont be able to make as much chutney!), but I think we'd rather that than lose the tree to disease over the winter. In the future, I'm sure that we'll prop the tree up and thin it out.

Thanks again for all those who gave helpful advice. I won't let grumpy people deter me from gardening, after all, I'm the next generation, or deter me from this forum in fact, because there seems to be helpful people on here willing to share experiences and advice.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 13:54

Hi there, I have a plum tree tree approx 5 years old, that has spit and one of the main branches is hanging. It first snapped about 2 weeks ago, and it was strapped back together with cable ties. Now the pressure has again got too much and it has snapped above the cable ties. There's not much room left to spint as it's a junction between two main branches.

The tree itself has flourished this year, producing ALOT of fruit, which is still 1-2 weeks away from cropping. If we lose this main branch, I fear we'll lose about half the crop. Is there anyway we can save the fruit?

I understand that the fruit should have been selected, and smaller fruit should have been removed to reduce weight, but sadly this never happened. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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Reusing potting soil

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Blosson end rot on my tomatoes?

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Moving my tomatoes

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Can someone help me identify this house plant?

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