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Is My Compost Safe to Use

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 22:11

Thanks for replies everyone - I will do what you suggest Jimmy - I have already emptied out into a pile and have been mixing it up - so will leave for a while.  I might also contact  manufacturer and see if I can get any advice there so will post back if there is any useful information.

Thanks again.

Is My Compost Safe to Use

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:40

I think compost accelerator contains sulphate of ammonia which you can use to top dress the soil so I wondered whether its this that goes into white powder.

Is this a posinous plant or is it a good looking weed

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:59

I love Characias  too.  I have two big clumps of them.  When the tall flowers go brown I don my gloves (in case sap gets on skin) and cut the tall ones down to ground level. There are always plenty of small ones which grow up for the next flowering.  They are good architectural plants which give structure to a border and they are very drought resistant in my East Anglian garden.

Is My Compost Safe to Use

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 11:52

As the only place for my compost bin is behind a shrubbery I have been using Compost Maker granules to speed up the decomposition.  After a year it looks quite nicely composted down but throughout it there are lots of white powdery granules in thick patches.   I presume this is ammonia from the compost maker.

Would it be safe to mulch it round my plants and shrubs in this state???

Does anyone who uses these compost maker products have the same problem?



Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 14:15

Thanks for reply and advice Lynn and Primrose  - I really thought they may have found the cure by now - what a shame. 

Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 09:17

Has anyone read any reports of whether the botanists have found a cure for Busy Lizzie wilt yet?  I love these colourful little plants and they are the best for the shady areas of my patio but I have not bought them for the last few years.

Would be most grateful for any advice.

Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:51

Thank you Shadoweaver -that makes a lot of sense - I will pass it on to my son as you often forget the names of plants you knew last year.

Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 09:18

Thanks everyone its nice to know just what you have in your garden - my son has got an exciting year of finding out what is emerging from the ground as he has inherited quite an established garden.


Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:01


My son has just moved into a new house and we can't identify this plant in flower at the moment - can anyone help please

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:44

I always stick canes amongst the growing bindweed and it will bind itself around.

When there is enough growth I tie  a plastic food bag over the cane and spray glyphosate up into the bag.  Then I leave it and normally it all dies and does not reappear because the roots are dead.  The plastic bag ensures that no spray touches the plants around.

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Is My Compost Safe to Use

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Have they found a Cure for Busy Lizzies's Yet?

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Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

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Dwarf Dahlias

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Fuchsia Rust

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Does Anyone Recognize this Weed?

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Clematis Armandii

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