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Latest posts by JIMMMY

Free Council Compost

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 21:46


I compost  all my own garden/kitchen waste, NO chickweed or bittercress and nothing with seed heads on it, so when I use the completed garden compost I have few nasties from it!

But my two next door neighbours put all their nasties into the green council bins, no matter what they say I would not like to use the council stuff.

calcified organic seaweed

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 21:16


Peat!  you'll have Monty doing cartwheels down his path if you dare mention Peat!

HE! would use a barrow load or two of riddled leaf mould  to nourish them!

Ps  How I wish I could grow the deep blue Himalayan poppies, it is too warm where I live and they turn out a wishy washy lilac, so I have given up trying to grow them!


The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:45


I have tried grobags but were almost a total disaster with me.

As I work and some times have to stay late, on very warm sunny days when I arrived home and checked I found the tomato plants drooping for lack of moisture, this led to blossom end rot on the fruit!

I did not have the same problem at the same time with those planted in the GH borders!

Maybe if they had been looked after all day they might be different!

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 20:02



Notice how the bags are getting smaller, they used to be 120L then 100 then 90 then 80 last year 70 this year 50 and 40L?

Would not be surprised if they end up using 10L plastic buckets like with FBB!



Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:16

So Sweet and White Feather!

Having tried to grow hostas from seed with very little success, all the ones with light coloured leaves die out in the first year and I am then left with ones with dark green leaves which are useless so I compost them!

I tried to get seed from So Sweet but none set any seed, I posted on an American site ,the home of hostas, got back lots of replies very quickly, it was sterile, so just enjoy it as it is!

Got White Feather from Parkers, one of the very few successes from them, even though they were miserable little pieces of stem and some roots! 

They are  not very  vigorous growers by any means but I have propagated them and in the springtime when they are looking good I take them to the Woman's Institute market, they are always snapped up as most people have never seen anything like them!

I always explain to whoever buys them that the lovely cream colours don't last very long before they turn green leaved with cream veins and look miserable!

This never seems to put them off,and I do get some regular customers without complaints!

Another wonderful one is "Fire Island", but it also dies out , even though I bring it into the GH over winter!


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 21:41

With the exception of So Sweet, white and perfumed flowers, most of the rest are washed out mauve colours .

I usually cut them out as soon as they show spikes!

Garden News seeds

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:57

Re free seeds, not only from GN but others.

I find that there are almost none of the packets are varieties that I would actually take the trouble to grow especially as there are lots of sunflowers, I don't know anyone either at the gardening club or on our allotments who bother with sunflowers!

My pal gives me most of his, I take the lot to sell at the garden club (10p per packet) for club funds and there are very few takers, so they are lying in a box at home .

I am still waiting for the wow factor from one of them!

Ps I did sow Penstemons last year and they are nifty little plants so far!

Horticulture Dissertation Help - Ladies Only!

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 22:36

pairs are best!

I have a friend who does all the local shows,he does all the heavy work and most of the planting and looking after the growing and harvesting!

When it comes to the choosing the flowers and veggies for showing his better half does the choosing, preparing and staging to great effect as well.

AND she collects the rosettes!


Wrong plants sent by mail order

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:42


J parkers dutch bulbs

Have bought plants only of them twice, first time rubbish which they eventually replaced with more rubbish,should have learned my lesson then!

Two years ago received their catalogue and in a moment of weakness ordered £90 worth of plants, total mistake, though delivered with in the time scale, almost all were dead and dried out, some were missing, I cannot remember how many e-mails it took to get refunds, yes refunds, they kept refunding the odd amounts (£5.42,  £3.69 etc) in the end I gave up and out of pocket, never again!

The reason for my second order was to get alstroemeria   Indian summer plugs, they were small but grew  and flowered well!

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:26



Not a sausage, ever!

But won a fortune on Premium Bonds, twice .


Ps 25 quid each time!

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