philippa smith2

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Climate Change?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 17:49

It certainly is Chicky but no smart meters here yet..........under normal circumstances I'd agree with you but as some kind soul put a brick thru the rear windscreen of my car last night and finished it off with a covering of paint stripper, I'm not currently in "optimistic mode"  

Sorry - that is nothing to do with climate change is it........well, unless global warming is sending people mad ??

Vegetable Plants Direct

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:50

Fair enough Keith - hope you sort out your unhappy clients and make improvements

Exploring the Behaviour Behind Organising Garden Tools

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:44

Organising garden tools ??  Put the most used small ones in a bucket and lean your Fork and Spade against a handy wall  

This obsession with labelling everything takes the fun out of gardening 

Vegetable Plants Direct

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 17:29

Keith - you are certainly a brave chap to come on this forum in order to explain the shortcomings of your company considering the bad press you have had.

However, I would suggest you need to differentiate between being a professional company selling goods with all that entails and just being a keen amateur with little or no backup. There are a number of people here ( myself included ) who have raised and sold all kinds of plants via markets, car boots etc.  The difference is that we don't profess to be a commercial enterprise or advertise as such.  We therefore don't make promises or take money up front.

If you decide to run a business whether it be supplying plants or anything else, you need to consider the people you are aiming your business at. Particularly with time important plants such as Tomatos , your customers will want the benefit of a season.   Advertising yourself as a supplier means exactly that - a bad year, sick children, family problems, etc. really has no interest for those who have paid for goods which you are, for one reason or another, unable to supply. If you are unable to supply the goods, there should be no reason why you can't offer an immediate refund.  Your business accounts should be totally separate from your personal funds and therefore refunds should be simple and quick.

The kindest advice really would be to rethink your whole strategy rather than continue in this rather haphazard manner.

Climate Change?

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 18:31

Raisingirl........I'd have to beg to differ ...... the subject is controversial even within the scientific world but in fact I had meant that the subject is controversial amongst the non scientific world  - hence the OP's concern that his post may cause a few ructions.  It isn't always easy for the average citizen to sift thru the multitude of data and come to a conclusion.

I would certainly agree that business and politics both play a major part ......."countries" was simply my shorthand - who runs a country after all ?  Not us poor peasants 

Dove mentioned Carbon Capture.......much talked about even a couple of years ago but as far as I understand it, more or less dumped due to the high cost.

The relatively recent upsurge in solar power generation seems quite often to be a palliative - generating power on a domestic level is "good" - what isn't so good is the fact that the average home has no means of storing their energy efficiently to use when it is most needed. 

Sitting right next door to the new Hinkley C Nuclear power station, I can only wonder when we will learn that there is no easy solution to this problem unless we start to look at our lifestyle.  Not many of us are willing to do that I suspect.

Frozen containers :-/

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 17:38

Whilst I agree that bubblewrapping a terracotta pot is a good idea ( but before it freezes rather than when frozen  ) and helps to protect the pot, sealing the exterior with varnish surely does away with the porous nature of this material ? IMO, it also spoils the look of the pots and means they won't "age" naturally.

Far more sensible to use a more robustly constructed pot/container if you are unable to protect the terracotta during frosty periods.


Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 17:51

Salvia "Hot Lips".........quite the most insipid salvia........apologies to those who love it

Sweet peas

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 16:12

When you say you moved them into the Non Heated section, do you mean that you were growing them in a Heated section ?  

If so, the sudden change in temps would be a bit of a shock for seedlings wouldn't it ?

Your post doesn't make it quite clear so feel free to ignore me if I have the wrong end of the stick 

best unusual house-plants

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 14:35

It's easy enough Mr. M just need to make sure that you don't get too carried away with the length and neglect the centre.  Very easy to propagate too.

It also withstands quite low temps as I discovered this morning - I'd left my plant out on top of the water butt last night - unintentionally I might add 

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:16

You can actually move a Cl Hydrangea even if it is attached to the wall . As above, they do prefer a shady spot but need good light too.  I've always found East or West facing suits them best.

In my current garden, one was planted up against a fully south facing wall and did not like it at all.  I moved it last year and it is much happier.  Admittedly, you will need to either cut to the base and then allow the new growth to attach itself to your wall/ fence or WHY or keep as much long growth as possible and use wires to support it. Done in early Autumn, there is time for the roots to establish.

From your description of the site, it is perhaps just be a matter of time before yours gets it's act together

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Best present this year !!

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