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vermiculite or perlite

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:43

There is also a difference in the texture.  Perlite is good for mixing in your chosen compost whilst vermiculite is better for topping off.

Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:40

I think any of the dry bulbs the Garden centres sell do need a good soak beforehand and I'd agree with them in pots first.  At least that way, you can see whether or not they shoot before going to the effort of planting them out.

bumble bees

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:36

Had the first bumble about 3 weeks ago ( sorry Pansy ).  Drumming woodpeckers last week and yes, hundreds of b....y vine weevils in every pot, trough, etc.

Flies too.........nothing seems to have killed them off........sunbathing happily alongside the honey bees.

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:05

KT is quite right.  I've done this several times when the lillies have become too large and congested.

caster oil plant?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 09:05

Tea is an excellent plant food ( preferably without milk and sugar tho ! )


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 09:02

I haven't come across the Magic coloured beads but the ordinary water retaining gel which you mix with compost when potting up does help to keep the compost moist and reduces the amount of watering. 

There is always a downside tho............if your pots are outside and you get a lot of rain, the pots can get extremely wet.  Also, the gel doesn't break down and disappear after a season so you can end up with claggy compost forever !  Not so clever when the cold weather arrives.

Talkback: Frowing cacti from seed

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:11

Depends which cacti you are trying to grow from seed.  Some germinate easily and quickly but others take weeks or even months. 


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 18:19

Glad to hear about the O's GG......hope they flower this year.  My original bulbs have survived so far planted against the garden wall .......I've covered them with a couple of pillows over the worst of the winter.  Fingers crossed

Aralia, how to propagate by suckers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 17:59

That's the one Jess.....just do as Nutcutlet says  I'm on my 3rd one from a plant bought in 1990 or so.


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:37

DT Brown sell Aubergine plants - £10 for 3 .........not grafted plants tho.  Check around first as there seems to be conflicting evidence as to whether any of the grafted stuff (tomatos, etc. ) are worth the extra cost.

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