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Shrinking Violet


Latest posts by Shrinking Violet

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 20:43

Sue Beesley aka Trillium I think?  So you post with serious provenance, having won Gardener of the Year (green with envy!)

I take your comments seriously, but have to report that locally (one GC six miles away and a couple of nurseries within an hour's drive - just) I have to go with what's available.  But I think I'll have a word with the owner who knows just how much patronage she gets from me!  (OH has no idea of my annual spend ) and see if things can't be improved for next year.

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 19:32

There is a large rookery at this end of the village.  The noise of them nesting I can (just about) cope with, but they raid the bird feeders.  They cannot perch on the seed feeders, but they try, flap wildly and do their best to break them.  Or at least to tip seed onto the ground.

I daren't put anything out for the ground feeding birds, since a swarm of rooks/crows (a veritable "murder" of the wretched things) will swoop down and take everything.

They deter the smaller birds, and with the yearly growth of the ever-increasing rookery, the numbers of smaller songbirds have diminished.

Any advice?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:52

Such a perfect name that I managed somehow to quote you twice, wintersong.  Sorry.  (technology, eh???)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:51
Wintersong wrote (see)

Beeb weatherman just said it was same weather conditions as Christmas day

Feels like it, woolly socks for me today since my feet were freezing in me wellies. Very grey day, threatening to rain, ground soaking wet in Kent.

Wintersong wrote (see)

Beeb weatherman just said it was same weather conditions as Christmas day

Feels like it, woolly socks for me today since my feet were freezing in me wellies. Very grey day, threatening to rain, ground soaking wet in Kent.

Then I think your name is perfect for the conditions!

Cold, grey and damp here.  Possible frost for parts of Somerset at the weekend - though our microclimate should mean we miss it (fingerscrossedsmiley).

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 14:48
Marie Robson wrote (see)

I agree with all the posts and this is a very serious issue. I've tried various local "peat free" composts from a variety of nurseries and garden centres and none of them have performed well. I experienced nearly all of the above problems; seedlings not growing, roots rotting, nasty green slime etc. forming after 2-3 days of sowing seeds/potting up, one batch of compost dried to the consistency of a concrete brick after just 2 days! And it had been well watered!!!

If you're growing fruit and vegetables this is also a health issue - although by the sounds of it no one has had much luck getting their plants to the stage where they can actually harvest the crops.

I reckon this needs to be investigated much further, and it'll take more than tipped out compost on the floors of the DIY sheds, although that's a good start!

Here's an article from the States, and I have this feeling that something similar is going on over here with our compost:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/mar/08/city-settles-compost-suit-with-dow/

Hello Gardener's World, anybody listening to our cries for help here?

One very frustrated gardener.

I've just read your link, and I think it's interesting, although it covers the problems associated with clopyramid (sp) which has been a problem over here, but more associated with horse manure than with compost per se. I think the problem that horses were eating grass that had been treated, and, since it (the chemical) was not broken down by the horses' digestion, it remained active for some 12 months+.  The problems with compost are more to do with the reduction of peat content and the inclusion of poorly-composted rubbish which is causing so many problems.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/05/2012 at 16:47

It's still wet - in Somerset!  And chilly.  And grey and depressing - rather like the weather forecast for the next few days.  Ho hum.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 13:49

It started off quite cold and grey, and seemed another winter's day.

But then blue skies and lots of sun gives hint that spring may just be sprung.

I don't assume so, for they say, "Enjoy the warmth just for today.

"Tomorrow there will be more rain, ere we the sun enjoy again."

Oh, well - what else can we expect in still soggy Somerset! (And I can't get my poem on single-spaced lines.  Sorry)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:47

Just stopped raining   Hopefully it will last all afternoon!

Talkback: Oak processionary moth

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:07

Good grief!  surely we've gone beyond trying to find simple answers to everything?

There was a time when every pest and disease was dealt with by chemical attack.  Bad for everyone, including the environment as a whole.  But to let the pendulum swing the other way and refuse to deal with a pest that causes serious health problems is, imo, a little naive.  We need a balance in all things - and that includes deciding whether or not we need to attack a pest  - and being pro-active if necessary.  (The essential word here is "necessary" - and I think that a serious pest renders it "necessary").

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:58

Somerset has been particularly badly hit with flooding, according to the news programmes.  It seems that every river is on flood alert - and it is predicted to rain again tonight and tomorrow - heavily.  The dry weather atm is but a blip, it would seem.

Locally we have the May Day "Hobby Horse" in Minehead.  From dawn it (and a band of loud musicians) make their way round the town.  Whether or not they will be able to do it tomorrow is in the lap of the gods, it would seem.

Oh to be in England now that April's here . . . . .  (or May, come to that )

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