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Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 18:06
My mum , when she wanted a lovely shiny pan pulled a large amount of this weed, bruised it slightly and cleaned her pan with it. I don't know how true this is but also told me it was a plant that survived the stone age - or was it the ice age ? sorry can't remember which exactly. But it made her pans clean and shiny .It was not called horsetail plant by her , it was always called sileca plant.

HELP !!!!!what about ground cover plants- does it work?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 17:37

I read in a gardening paper that planting ground cover plants will supress weeds , Since I have a bigger than average garden and getting on in years I am all for ANYTHING that keeps weeds to a minimum. I have borders and flowerbeds at least 2 meters wide around most of the garden which I do not want to do away with as some non- gardening friends have suggested .

I also plan to add more shrubs to the borders putting them closer together than advised - to keep weeds from seeing daylight thus dying off .

 I also wondered ......if I plant ground cover plants   ?- the idea to fill and carpet any spaces which are left that look attractive with plants .

I have also tried the covering material but with a half established garden it was more trouble than it was worth.What do you think ?

I would welcome your views/ experiences 

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 17:14

I too have sent  the email to both addresses .Alan  T will be the next contact or one of the other pro gardeners. 

 I am using the mole hill soil  for seed sowing , I do have an acre size garden and tend to get too many mole hills!, previosly moaning because they have uprooted my plants or have made runs underneath and left my roots with no soil (  and me only  noticing it when my plants have shriveled - but now I take it back-  maybe I will put up keep away moles signs where I don't wish them to be !)

 I will then mix  the mole hill soil with chicken poo for planting established  plants in the garden.

bad compost

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 23:37

After being part of the thread  of Bad composts I have found this email address on this site , if anyone needs it  :

Maybe if we sent them an email ?

bad compost

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 23:37

After being part of the thread  of Bad composts I have found this email address on this site , if anyone needs it  :

Maybe if we sent them an email ?

bad compost

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 23:37

After being part of the thread  of Bad composts I have found this email address on this site , if anyone needs it  :

Maybe if we sent them an email ?

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 23:05

 To  Rita 4 who texted in on 23/05/2012 at 19  :53.

About farmyard menure, When horses are bedded down on woodshavings instead of the more expensive bedding  I find the menure is complete rubbish too , it causes me problems as you have found, it also encourages woodlice and ants to nest amongst it .

Unlike farmyard menure that has the straw which has been used for animals - this is good for the garden after a year of keeping. Used new it is too strong with urine.

Cow menure is better for some things too (as cows eat mainly young grass i was told not so many seed to growfrom it - the farmer gave me this information ).


B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 18:23

First I would like to apologise for my spelling , it was as you can see 10 mins past midnight , I was shattered but when I found this on the forum I just had to join in . How can we do something about it ? Should we all email Alan T. ? 

I am pleased to find I am not the only one with this gripe - I always blamed myself thinking my green fingers were changing colour!  But more down to earth I was   doing something wrong or that it was old seed . Or that I had watered it too much with it going green quickly.


Oddly enough whilst out walking today I got talking to a fello walker.We talked about gardening ,I naturally brought this subject up.He told me he used to work at  such a  place and that the recycle company could,nt sell it  so they dug massive pits .They were reported for burying it and were summonsed.  He also said it smelt realy bad .What can we do? suggestions needed  me thinks.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 00:10

I had bad results 2 years ago with B&Qs  M PCompost  I found greyish mold on the inside and it was very hard nothing like normal compost .

Since this particular compost was in the 'Which ' magazine have you contacted  the magazine ?.

Allso on reading the first 2 pages of this thread I am wonering if this compost or the majority of composts  companies have joined links with the recycle firms ?

2 miles away from us a neighbour got a grant from the council. He has all the garden waste taken to him for recycle. On his fields are not only waste garden rubish but paper / wood  etc.

as it is classed as recycle it makes you wonder what other rubbish is added to bulk it out.

The compost has nothing in the way of food for the plants etc and after applying it to the garden and waterin g it , it hardens up as is described on this forumn- it is hard dry andl lumpy  any week roots would snap in contact with this .

I now use arthur bowers but even this has changed over the last year it has what looks like wood shvings added .

bee or wasp?

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 23:34

Can you photograph it and put it on here - one of the proffesional gardeners might know what it is - I actualy would'nt set it free until I had found out what it is, If it is a Hornet they can be nasty .

( you say it came down the chimney , maybe its covered in soot!!!!!!!  ) sorry only joking

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