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Shrinking Violet

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B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 19:43

OK Bookertoo - start an on-line petition and we'll sign up to see if it will do any good!  (I suspect that, unless the European Commissars have an input, not a lot will happen .  Cynical?  Moi?)

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 17:40

GC I know that you have already tried to sort this out directly with B & Q but all I am suggesting is that Trading Standards is not necessarily the right path to take.  (I am married to a retired TSO).  I have posed the question directly with B & Q and have still to receive an answer.  The weight of the RHS might bring about a response at least.  At the moment, I am deafened by their (B&Q's) silence.

I have no doubt that there is something radically wrong with a lot of multi purpose compost.  The desire to be peat-free has resulted in some pretty dreadful stuff being out there in the market place.  (And given the very small amount of peat that gardeners use, it is ironic that we seem to shoulder most of the blame, irrespective of the vast depletion of the resource for power generation, for example).

I have spoken with said OH who says that he had cause to look into problems some years ago.  Apparently, there was (is?) an industry standard for compost, and laboratories in Hertfordshire were much involved in being able to test etc etc.  (His memory is not what it was, bless, but I'll try to find out a bit more and let you know if there is anything to add).

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:03

GC:  Trading standards departments are much depleted these days, and a lot of consumer protection work is dealt with differently. 

In any event, poor quality compost is more of a civil than criminal problem (which is TS departments' remit), and it could be argued that B & Q have a "duty of care" to the ultimate consumer, which extends to there not being noxious or dangerous substances in the product.  It would also have to be fit for purpose - and arguably, it is not.  But it needs to be taken up with B & Q. 

Actually, I also think that, because this seems to be a regular problem across different brands, the RHS could well take it up.  I'm no longer a member, but anyone who is may care to bring it to their attention.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 14:54

It took longer today for the low cloud and sea mist to burn off - but now it glorious sunshine.  Have to wait for it to cool down a bit before trying to plant more things out - what a difference from this time last week!

My water butts are two-thirds down, and some of the soil has set like concrete.  But I'm not moaning!  Everyone seems to be walking around with a smile after all that gloom and grey.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 10:35

Clear blue sky.  Wall-to-wall sunshine.  It really feels like summer at last!  It will be a busy day in the garden - lots and lots of stuff to plant out that I'd held back when the air was so cold.

Mystic Meg - can you tell us all how long this will last?  Is it a typically British few days' worth, or will we have a summer fit for a Jubilee, Olympics etc?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 20:32

Woohoo indeed donutsmrs!  It has been a lovely day here in WSomerset.  Sunshine all day.  Air still a little cool - but Teeshirt weather.  Fingers crossed it really does stay like this for the rest of the week.

Had to put the shading on the GH because of the intesity of the sun.  Now how perverse is that?  It's been so cool that I daren't take the bubble insulation down, and as soon as I do, I have to shade my tender plants from the sun!

(Never entirely content are we gardeners??)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 23:15

I hardly dare say this out loud, so I'll whisper it instead:  it was very sunny here and quite warm.  It is supposed to get even better this week.

(Now that's put the mockers on it no doubt  )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:28

Cloudy and cool but dry.  It feels more like March than May .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 21:25

Don't want to take over the weather thread - but David it gives me heart!  If my plants are lots of healthy (I hope) growth and leaves, but no real sign of flowers yet, it gives me perverse hope that experts are also struggling. 

Dunno what the weather will be over the next couple of weeks - but those who, at Chelsea, anticipated near-drought conditions, may wish they had opted for slightly different planting schemes!

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:41

You're welcome averil.  I look forward to hearing how your GH experiences develop.

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