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watering seeds from the bottom

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 11:09

I agree with nut. I don't do that in practice though, I have a mister on my hose that I use for the first watering then I find the 'rain' setting on the hose is fine. What you want to avoid is adding so much water that it disturbs the seeds. How you achieve that is up to you but don't let the tray sit in water for more than a minute or two and drain it afterwards. By the way, it will drain more if you tip the tray to 45 degrees.

Stagnant rain water

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 11:05

Hiya, its sounds like your builders have managed to puddle the clay making you a nice pond. (This is exactly how ornamental ponds were made in the days before pond liners and plastic.) It's no good as it is for herbs, as I'm sure you're well aware. Dig out the clay, that won't be good for your herbs. If the clay goes too far down that you can't get through the puddled bit then all you can do is build up or re-think that herb idea and go for pond plants, or bog plants, plants that don't mind bad drainage. If the clay dries out then it will crack, you'll be able to dig in lots of fibrous organic matter and grit, not sand and certainly not the fine builders sand which will only make it worse. Really you'll have feel your way. 

By the way, if your photo that you're uploading is larger than 800k then it won't enlarge. I was told by one of the techs 1mb but I find I can't upload photos bigger than 800k. 

leaf blowers

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:52

Hi Rosie, my usual first port of call for reviews is Amazon. I then read the worst and the best, just a couple and try to weigh it up. Obviously the more reviews the better. I wish I could help more but I've never had the joy of using one.  

Appalling Customer Service!

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:43

Thanks everyone for the support. I did wonder if I'd blown it out of proportion a bit. The respondent was, I assume ,Chris Bowers' son as the name was John Bowers, so he probably thinks, because he's the boss' son he can get away with being a rude little manure ball. But that really makes it worse. I haven't had any reply,  by the way, to my email after yesterday but it is Saturday. 

After reading the posts and advice given by some of you to others in the past I made sure I used my Credit Card and not the Debit Card I normally use. Spurred on by you I will make a formal complaint, if they don't do anything about it I'll go to the credit card company and hit them where it hurts. 

I have seen Chris Bowers post here too. 

Thanks everyone. 

Appalling Customer Service!

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:17

A  week or two ago I ordered The Sutton Rhubarb from Chris Bowers and because I never like to just order one thing I got a couple of blackcurrants too that I'd had my eye on on another website. 

They came yesterday. I eagerly opened it up only to find the Rhubarb, the whole point of my order was missing. I checked all through the bag under all the straw which went everywhere for a delivery note but there was nothing! I checked my emails to see if they'd sent an amended delivery note. Nothing!

I sent them an email asking what was going on. I was very polite saying hello and 

'Kind Regards

Jim Macd'

I got one line back from John Bowers. Not a hello, dear Jim, kiss my **** nor nothing. One line. 'With respect" Which in my book means 'brace yourself I'm about to insult your intelligence',  "it does state quite clearly that this variety is sold out on our website."


Well it did the day after but as I just replied, 'are you saying I'm stupid?' If it had said 'SOLD OUT' when I placed my order would I have placed the order? I'm so livid. The blackcurrants were weedy, one had corral spot on part of it they'd been too lazy to cut off and the other was broken. With another bit loose so I have no idea which one that came from. I can't remember when I had such a flippant response from customer service. Not even Primose that I've slagged off so much here were rude, nor Ashridge Trees terse. Primrose I take it all back!

It's so unnecessary. I'll have to add Crhis Bowers to my list of companies NEVER to shop with again! In fact they go to the TOP of my list and I think I'll take Ashridge Trees and Primrose off. So Chris Bowers congratulate yourself for exonerating Primrose and Ashridge Trees.  


I really wouldn't recommend anyone that cares about getting a service shop with them either.

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 14:41

They need to be baked by the sun to flower, they want full sun and good drainage and warm soil, people advise covering them with black chippings. Personally I'd feel I'd turned my garden into a graveyard if I did that but it is supposed to help. I've not had mine long enough to really comment from experience. I got mine from Parker bulbs, maybe it's nothing to do with me.  It doesn't look like any of us are going to be making it rich on Saffron anytime soon.

What is this?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 14:35

looks more like Borage to me, which forget-me-not is in the family of.

coco de paimpol

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:54

BTW, you don't have to worry about importing seeds, it's the exporter that does the work. I've bought seeds from Europe quite a few times. If you do get some then save some seeds for next time.


Ooh, sorry about that my computer was doing very odd things there.

coco de paimpol

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:54

BTW, you don't have to worry about importing seeds, it's the exporter that does the work. I've bought seeds from Europe quite a few times. If you

coco de paimpol

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 11:54

BTW, you don't have to worry about importing seeds, it's the exporter that does the work. I've bought seeds from Europe quite a few times. If

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