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Jim Macd

Latest posts by Jim Macd

Rhubarb & Onion

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 14:17

Yeah, I didn't appreciate how much room my rhubard would take and have had to move one plant this weekend. You could tell it wasn't happy last year since it wanted flower all the time. Hopefully now it should setle in. I hope I took enough soil with it. It weighed a ton, not helped by the rain we'd had. I did see I'd cut through a few big roots though. Fingers crossed.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:49

Yes, I tickled it in around my fruit bushes at the weekend,  and my Jack Russels have found it very interested sniffing around everything I scattered it around. They haven't dug anything up though and I've not seen any cats.

chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:05

I'm in the north east too but had good fruit every year except when I tried to grow with just one plant. I had to buy an Apache to act as pollinator and hand pollinate. I always hand pollinate as I grow in the porch. Maybe that's your problem.

how to grow amelenchier ballerina as multi stemmed

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:41

Before you cut it back make sure it isn't grafted. If it is grafted then you'll need to cut it back well above the graft and watch for any regrowth from bellow the graft. You could plant it deep burying the graft if it is. It isn't on a rootstock for any other reason other than propagation. 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:58

And some people think anything with thin, strappy  leaves is a grass, such as Phormiums, but you can't control what people think.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 18:03
artjak wrote (see)

Jim Macd, I'm crying with laughter with memories of the 'dead parrot sketch' I'm going to try it with dead plants the next time I go to B&Q

it's almost worth buying some more tomorrow so I can go back half and hour later and say, 'This is an Ex-Echinops!

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:23

It probably is, it's got more species in its genus than an other grass I can think off. Some very nice ones though.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:16

I'm glad we've got a belly laugh out of it. Thanks for that. Hi Karin, yeah, it all comes down to numbers and tick boxes. The bigger the company the worse it is. I know I'm and advisor for the big daddy of them all. But when an organisation is so big there's too many people involved for the personal touch. You've got to see past it or get out.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:19

Oh, by the way, I did get my money back with the receipt but they lady looked down her nose at me and said,

"You just have to water them."

"Trust me, these are dead. I'd like a refund"

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:17


I think if they're selling of live plants at a discount because they've been neglected, that's fine, but if they're selling plants which are actually dead, at full price, with instructions to soak for 3 hours then plant and wait for them to come up, the average Jo, is not going to understand they've been sold a dud until nothing comes up, and that is not going to be for a month or more, by which time you've thrown the box away, you've lost the receipt and you've put it down to slugs or your own inexperience. This kind thing makes me really angry. It isn't good for either the novice gardener or B&Q in the long term. Hey Ho.

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