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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.

Aralia, how to propagate by suckers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:31

Yes, I've done this several times.  Just do as you would with any suckering shrub.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:41

If you have any concerns I suppose you could always sieve the rat faeces out of your compost before using it.  Alternatively, use that compost on your non edible plants and buy new for your veg.

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 16:43

Forget the builders sand..........just use the wet cement..........not only will all the crap be in one place, so will the cats.  You can then dispose of both however you see fit

solomans seal

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:06

It will be a while yet I think. May be a bit later due to the colder temps but still early yet for this plant


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:58

This often seems to be the case these days.  A similar situation with frogs.  Unless you can physically remove a number of the males from the vicinity ( and then what do you do with them ? ), mobbing and subsequent drownings will occur.

Could you contact your local wildlife trust or amphibian group and see if they can advise you ?

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Free tickets available

Want a day out at the Zoo ? 
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Timber Compost Bins

Close boarded or open ? 
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Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

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Last Post: 23/01/2015 at 17:05

Great gardening weather

Dry, sunny and no wind for a change . 
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Carex trifida "Rekohu Sunrise"

Anyone growing this ? 
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Seed sowing. 
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Kindle e readers

Advice sought from Kindle users. 
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Papaver orientale " Black and White "

Anyone growing this one ? 
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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

anyone grown this ? 
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Nandina domestica

Regenerating old plant. 
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Book Lovers and Library Users

Pay for a Library Service or lose it ? 
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Wasps......lack of this year ? 
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How to politely educate someone ? 
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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 08:59

Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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