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Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:16

thanks steephill,   will check them out now...


Posted: 10/10/2013 at 14:23

i hear all the benefits of using coco coir compressed bricks or bales,   i read that its cheaper, easier to stote and although has very little if no nutritional value it holds onto it very well, so i thought i would try it, after all its cheaper than compost...


well the problem is that you can go into asda, tesco, wilko, B and Q aswell as many garden centres and buy 70L  of compost for between 4 and 5 pounds,   but when i look for the coco coir  i am findind that i am looking at paying around £14  for what ends up being 60 to 70L of fully rehydrated coco coir.


am i looking in the wrong places, can anyone find this cheaper, or can anyone tell me if it is worth the extra money,     many thanks


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 09:30

i need some advice from someone that has used both these products as people that have just used the one swear by the one they use and say the other is not worth it,  but i have read that both improve plant health and soil health...  i try to dig in as much compost as possible but with not driving, it poses difficult to get as much as i need in my raised beds and borders...


so people seers volcanic rock dust  or calcified seaweed,  how do they work for you

Compost bins - tips welcome!

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 10:46

a good place to try is GETCOMPOSTING.COM   if your local council is paired with them you will be given a discount on compost bins and they even have a buy 1 get 1 half price...   all you have to do to check if they are paired is enter your post code,  this is where i got mine from


hope this helps

between a shed and a dark place

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 23:44

at the very back of my back garden i have a 5foot squared area with a shed on 1 side a brick wall on the opposite side and wooden fences on the other 2 sides with just a small path to the side,  there is a large silver birch right in the middle and nothing else seems to grow...   i have been advised to grow a few ferns there but does anyone else have any suggestions for me...   

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 17:23

i grow foxgloves every year...   now i cannot comment on the type you purchased as i grow mine from the seeds of the previous years flowers..   mine put on only green growth in the first year, only a few inches off the ground, then stay like that even over the coldest of winters, then in the second year they grow really tall and flower then die...  mine have never come back after the 2nd year,  but i have been told that this is due the fact that i let them go to seed.  i'm told that if you have a very slim chance of a 3rd years growth if you cut them back hard after flowering and before they go to seed...    although in my local garden center i notice that foxgloves are all labled as bienneial...

Slugs may destroy my life

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 22:45

just a suggestion, but last year i started using seers volcanic rock dust, to replace trace elements lost over time...   i just use it as a top dressing and the worms do the rest, my soil had never been better...

but it was not until half way through the year that i noticed that i only had about a 5th of the number of slugs and snails compared to other years...   this might of been a one off, but i'm still happy to try again

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