philippa smith2

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Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:48




Sweeten & improve flavor of tomatoes? (cherry)

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:31

IME, the flavour ( not particularly the sweetness ) of any tom can be improved by not overwatering/feeding.  

The variety obviously comes into it as well as Bob says above.

Lemon Tree in sun-lounge over winter, or move into house?

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 18:17

Your citrus photos show the plant close to a radiator - citrus abhor a hot dry atmosphere hence they don't make good "house plants".  If your radiator is working, I'd suggest you keep the plant a safe distance from it.  

Keep it in your sun lounge - at this time of year, it won't mind a bit of cold.  Much better there than in a heated room in your house.

The chlorosis will occur if you don't keep the plant fed properly - specialist citrus feeds are perhaps better than Baby Bio but it won't kill your plant.  Citrus will also drop some leaves throughout the year like any other plant.

4 Sasons is a good old variety..........unfortunately the UK climate is not ideal for ripening the fruit .     

Onion, Shallot & Garlic Collection from marshals seeds is not growing

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 17:54

Don't know if it is any use but I usually start my Garlic off in modules in Sept/Oct and then transplant - got several inches of growth now and see no reason why they shouldn't produce decent bulbs by next Sept.  It usually works well for me

Climate Change?

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 18:35

Only 2 years ago, I had a discussion with a "solar panel specialist" ( sales man in ordinary terms).  

When I showed him my electricity consumption ( which I monitor weekly for my own benefit ) and suggested that I would gain nothing from installing solar panels unless I could store it and use when needed, his response need to use more electricity.!!  Whilst I realise he was intent on flogging solar panels, anyone with a modicum of sense would have shown him the door - as I did  As far as I am aware, this attitude has not changed greatly altho I would be enormously pleased to be contradicted.

There is no real promotion of power saving IME anyway..........simply the promotion of power generation. Everyone wants ever faster broadband, more power consuming gadgets, etc. Believe it or not, there are people alive today who do not realise that by leaving their computers, TV's etc on standby 24/7, they are consuming power.

A lot more education is needed with regard to the responsible use of power - however generated.

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.

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