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B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 18:18

haha G.C....wish I had of been there !!!                                                      

Yeah, I've just bought a bag of B&Q seed compost....lush it is !! The problem seems to lie with multi-purpose.

We need a celebrity to be the face of a campaign.....I'm being serious, it seems to work for other causes !!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:32

Sudden downpours, dark and cold.....brrr

Make do and mend coldframes...ideas?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 17:26

Got any bricks ??

Dry build, a brick box like structure - put the glass over the top.

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:53

I always get tomato plants with curled leaves and it only affected those plants which are next the greenhouse door, the chill/cold from opening and closing must affect them. Being as I live on the northeast coast, its pretty chilly at times.

They contort, like I would if I was taking a dip in the sea....Brrrrrr

leggy beetroot seedlings

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:28

Bolted !!! Hmmmm

Its probably a combination of light and being too hot. Sometimes a sunny windowsill is still not enough light as they have to follow the light, as opposed to 360 degrees in a greenhouse, also, these really do like cool conditions.

That reminds me, I must set mine away !!

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:48

I think these are fab and was going to buy one the other day, but I'd not done all my research, so didn't bother as it was quite expense.

I think your right to apply a balanced feed, they do like their food. There are also a bit tender in coldish climates and can at times loose leaves and turn yellow, if exposed, so perfectly normal.

Something to consider - Have you checked the root ball, you say you bought it last year. Gently check to see if it has took, is there plenty of new roots for example or, is the ground to wet, they do like plenty of drainage. They can be susceptile to Phytophthora root rot.

Symtoms of Phytophthora root rot above ground are wilting, yellow or sparse foliage and branch dieback. Below ground, poor root system.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:18

I will definitely do some more research on sterilising homemade compost. This maybe the only way forward. Its just not possible to use this rubbish with reasonable success. Cheers

What I find alarming is that those new to gardening, may think this bagged rubbish is the norm and perfectly acceptable - and its not !!

Potatoes grown in a sack

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 10:07

Once you harvest first earlies, that's it for this year. The seed potatoes you planted to produce the potatoes you harvested, will have turned to mush, therefore, no longer viable. You will need to clean the sack out and use the compost for something else.

It is the norm to plant potatoes between March and April.

First/second earlies - end march to mid april                                                         Main crop - mid april to late april

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 20:54

Hi brenda

I'm very disappointed, also ! How can the manufacturer expect plants to live in this kind of pollution. I was going to give Wickes a try, to see if theirs was any better.  I shall not bother now. 

Leaning Tree

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 20:46

Hi Paul - your link doesnt work !!

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