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Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:37

I try not to use any of the  crap peat free  composts that is on sale now.

If you see what my neighbour put in his council recycling bin which eventually goes into the so called wonderful peat free composts sold, you would not buy them at any price!

He has Greenfingers dosing his large lawns regularly with all sorts of industrial chemicals with the cuttings going straight into the bin.

I said to him once about it, his reply was, not my problem son!

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 11:27


Should have mentioned, I only bought 2 Physocarpus shrubs,2 David Austin roses and 2 Acers thank goodness my garden has elastic sides!

The 2 physocarpus shrubs cost only £12.99 each, Lady in Red and Diablo, they were smashing plants for the money, unlike the Wild swan and Rozanne plugs from T&M which when I bought them were advertised at £9.99 per plug!

Like I said the Wild Swan kicked the bucket but the Rozanne eventually grew into fine plants!

The joys of gardening!

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 21:54

I ordered six Anemone Wild Swan from them, terrible plugs arrived but I did my best to save them and get them to grow on, but in the end they died the next season!

Had a moan on here, they did respond to say send the order number etc and they would look into it for me!

But I had lost all the details by then so had to pass up their offer!

So always keep the packaging or order numbers safe, just in case

As a treat I took my wife out yesterday naturally to visit garden centres, well where else, one was offering a lifetime guarantee on their perennial plants another one, 10 years, the only proviso was, keep your receipt! !

That is confidence that the plants will grow on on their part!


Posted: 20/06/2015 at 19:19



I also have Lilac Ice an offshoot of Rozanne, it has lots of buds but very few flowers so far!


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 22:46


I have some in tubs and others in open ground, the one in tubs started flowering about 2 weeks ago, the open ground lots only now have started showing buds!

Keep the faith they should start sometime soon!



jersey plant direct

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:39

Have used them quite a few times and apart from one year when the plants did not turn up, and they were quite shirty when I contacted them, but apart from then they have always been delivered in good time and good quality plants!

About who owns them on their website it says,Jersey Choice is the parent company of Jersey Plants Direct, but that is not to say the big bad wolf could be T&M (worse luck).

Can anyone tell me if this will grow in Great Britain? I saw loads of it in Spa

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:27

I know it as Setcreasea but I think it has had a name change to Tradescantia pallida I

It grows outside ok in the summertime but has to be kept indoors or in the GH overwinter!

There used to be lots of it growing along the seaside resorts along the south coast!

Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 20:17

Have had trouble of lots and lots of mares/horse tails coming into my plot from the one next door, which has not been cultivated for years!

Luckily it has only got as far as the path dividing our plots and not into the growing area!

I sprayed it with  gypsophate which had little or no effect, but last year I tried Verdone extra and it worked a treat no more showing through the remaining  part of the year!

I also covered some after spraying with black plant pots with a brick on top, this killed them even quicker!!

But they have returned again this year, though not so many, I have just sprayed them again this week, so hopefully this will weaken them further as they go so deep as if trying to reach Aussie land!!

One strong word of caution Verdone contains Clopyralid which should not be used on land that is for growing vegetables as it gives them a taste and makes them inedible!


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 21:46


This was supposed to be the year of the slug an snail, so far they have not been much trouble either in the garden or allotment!

I have both a cat and a dog and use slug pellets,sparingly, neither the cat or dog bothers with them!


That new roundup gel

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 21:40


Earlier in the year we had at our gardening club as speaker the plant manager from a local garden centre, his talk was the good guys and the bad guys of garden products!

And the worst performing in his estimation was roundup gel (probably the old lot) but he said it just rolled off the shelves!

And Jack's magic was his favourite compost, the one they used in their nursery for potting!


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