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B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 10:51
Sue Higham wrote (see)
This is my first year with a greenhouse and I thought it better to use bought compost rather than my own to avoid unnecessary weed seeds etc. Used B&Q Verve and it was absolute rubbish. I watered my tomato plants in and the water just poured straight through and was immediately a dark brown colour - leached nutrients? I waited to see if it would soak back into the pots but no - it just sat there, the plants wilted and within 12 hours the water in the plant trays started to smell. I chucked it all out and replanted into Monty's recipe - I already had all of the ingredients! Result - beautiful healthy plants growing away ... Ta-daa.

B&Q Verve is not multi purpose at all - in fact it's only any use as an outside mulch, or as 20% of an outside soil improvement recipe. I have to confess to lurking near the stacks of it at my last visit to B&Q to mention this to potential buyers - but I didn't see any!

I am not sure that this compost is entirely at fault here Sue

You say it changed colour to dark brown when watered -well it does -that shows it has taken up water-you then say it ran straight  through-so draining well- and stayed in trays-you are leaving plants standing in water?

That would account for wilting

You then assume that the colour change is nutrient leeching out -that is a big assumption

I am using verve it seems ok -others have have good experiences others not so.

Sometimes it is easy to say -oh it must be the compost -but are you perhaps not doing the right thing?

It could be a cultivation issue-not saying it is or isnt-but my experience is good


Gardeners world show

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 08:26
Simon 4 wrote (see)

I thought it odd too there was no coverage on tonight's programme. It's still billed as BBC Gardeners World Live (even if run by RHS) and is plugged in the magazine which of course is linked to the programme. Usually they have the plant swap etc. Very strange.

It is a tenous link though as regards the magazine and the programme

It would seem that the BBC has allowed its name to be linked to the show without any actual involvement-they could just be getting a fee for that.

Gardeners World Live tomorrow

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 08:10
SavvyGal wrote (see)

ps .. why can't I upload my own image??     have tried several times.. and it wont accept .. (then again .. by the looks of it .. no one else has had any success yet either )... bbc IT Department ... HELP!!!!

Are you talking about your avatar?-that bit does not seem to be working

Just a point though-this site is not run by the BBC

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:52
Newleaf wrote (see)
Which is the fruiting branch?? I'm scared to pinch out bits of plants in case it's the wrong bit!

My tomatoes are in smallish pots - how big a pot should I use?

How small is "smallish"?

As to "fruiting branches"-they are the ones that produce the flowers- along the stem

What variety are you growing?-then more advice can be offered


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:09

I did

by the way -this is not an issue for the moderator as such-that role is to decide on contentious postings


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:05
Alan4711 wrote (see)
Hi moderator ,hope im doingthis right, if i sisn in i dont get smilies if i dont sing in i do get them but cant use them as i haveto sign in to post HELP please Alan4711

I think I suggested this a couple or weeks ago alan-it maybe the device you are using-i-pad or some other tablet is it?

Tomato leaves

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:58

When they serve no more useful purpose and start going yellow-but don't go mad-only as high as just below the first truss-say leave around 6 inches from soil top to first leaf-roughly

Soap spray

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:56
lindsay2610 wrote (see)

Yes LG, but it's the oomph I'm worried about .  Am trying to achieve an environmental balance so I don't need to use pesticides, but the greenfly are winning at the moment 

I understand that-and I know we dont want to reach for the chemicals at the first attack- but there are now sprays that are not all bad-boys-I would just check that out.

Soap spray

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 13:45

Sticky traps are completely indiscriminate so will trap the goodies as well as the baddies

Soap spray is ok as a temporary measure- but you can get proprietary sprays for edibles with a bit more oomph

Talkback: Sowing seed outdoors

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 17:42

Most of those need controlled sowing-so into trays etc- and at different times of the year and some you will need to wait until next spring for flowering in 12 months

I would spend this period getting the soil into good shape and follow the instructions on the back of the packets for sowing dates

Basically this season has passed you by for flowering plants raised from seed-get ready for 2014

But you can sow into pots/trays now some perennials for planting out in the autumn or spring-but only hardy ones- not frost tender ones

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