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frogspawn in pond in January 2016!

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:30

Leave well alone isn't too early given the weather conditions

Sweet potato

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:16

BizzieB.............I'll certainly be interested to know how you get on.  I love Sweet Pots but I'm trying to be sensible ( a first for me  ) .

The leaves ?  Yes............I'm wondering whether you would use them the same as you would Vine Leaves ?  Using them to wrap other goodies in ?

Hopefully someone will come along and enlighten us

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 18:05

It's ok to try and find the cheapest option but IME it can be a waste of money.  I know it is not always possible but try and find an open bag and have a poke/feel before you buy.  The composition varies so much........once upon a time, you could buy JI and be sure of the quality.  These days, they manufacture a compost under this name and altho they should keep to a formula, they also bulk out with all sorts.

As Verdun suggests, you may be able to get a reduction on a torn bag but if the compost is crap, all you have is cheaper crap.

It's a bit of a minefield these days

Strongest Scented Sweet Peas!

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:53

I'd agree with Bob........the stronger fragrances are often from the smaller flowers.

If you want to grow them to pick for indoors, then a combination of the strong fragrance but larger flowers would be ideal.  You can mix and match and have the best of both worlds


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:47

Move over in the Mad Wagon Pansyface........I expect there will be a few of us sitting next to you 


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:25

I've noticed recently that the weather forecasts concentrate far more on the weather we have just experienced rather than the weather we can expect in the next day or 2  .  Little point in telling us what we know already surely ?

A forecast is only a prediction but multi million pound computer systems should be slightly more accurate than a Crystal Ball........or maybe not?  I'd be inclined to forgive Tomas Schaffernaker ( sp ? ) most things.

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:03

I'd agree with Verdun...........those places which store their composts/soils outside are liable to be absolutely soaked.

If you can get a good JI 3 and mix with a good MPC and grit that tends to make a decent base for raised beds.   

Too late to plant gaffs and tulip bulbs?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:20

Suzie.....if you have bulbs of either sitting about, I'd plant them now.  Bit late but they certainly aren't going to improve if you leave them.  You may be pleasantly surprised and have nothing to lose

Grow box with monitoring and remote control system

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:16

Vivi..........if you want more useful feedback you may be better off checking out the indoor gardening forums ( there must be some ? ). 

Most of us here garden outdoors along with the weather and the ups and downs.  Indoor plants are not ignored by any means but they are generally grown without the use of hi tec stuff

Best of luck with your quest.

home page ,help?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:07

Relax granma............mine is doing exactly the are not alone

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