staffsmags


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'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:37

Thanks for your reply.  Both packets of seed came free with a magazine. They are T&M seed or Fothergills seed.  I want the all the plants for this year only. The Rudbeckias I sowed this year and the Cant Bells last year.  I will use this Garden centre compost now, and horse manure in the autumn.  Mags

'Dead' soil

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:18

I've just pulled up the wallflowers and the soil is very dry and not a worm to be seen.  I intend to plant Rudbeckia  and Canterbury Bells plants in the empty border. Would it be helpful if I dig in a bag of Farmyard Manure that I bought from the Garden Centre?   Thank you for any advice, Mags

cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:33

Haha Mrac, I carelessly used boiling water on a plastic feeder. It went out of shape and couldn't be re-assembled!   Thanks everyone, for your replies.

YES. everyone, beware of feeders that cannot be taken completely apart for cleaning. 

Mags

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

I've seen a couple on my fountain grass!  Mags

cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 16:03

 Edd,  I wondered about bleach.  Ok, just a few drop to a bowl of hot sudsy water then rinse very well and leave to dry (I always do anyway).  Thanks very much, Mags

cleaning bird feeders

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 15:11

I keep hearing that we should use a sterilising/antiseptic wash for seed feeders and bird tables.  Is this correct?   What should I use - are any household products ok to use?  I don 't want to use anything harmful. I've always used hot water with a squirt of washing up liquid (the sort that is kind to my hands!)  and cleaned them regularly.  Thank you, Mags

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:30

  One to avoid then. THANK YOU pottering girl.  I won't bother with that offer then.  Maggie

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:57

The second image showing Molloy's is the compost I wondered about.  I've read the other posts on another series of letters but none mention this particular compost. Does any have any experience of it?  Maggie

anyone used this brand?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:32

A local Garden Centre is offering 4 x 50 litre bags Molloy's multipurpose  compost (made by Erin) for £10.  Has anyone used this, and is it ok?  As it is made by Erin I assume it contains peat - can anyone confirm this as I want to buy compost and want one with peat in it. Many thanks to anyone who can comment.  Maggie 

Agapanthus

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 19:12

My 5 year old pot of them never flowered. I told them last year was their last chance and threw some tomato feed at them.  Bingo - they flowered!  I think it is just patience!

Discussions started by staffsmags

Hardy Sunflower Helianthus 'Double Whammy'

Will this be hardy in Staffordshire? 
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will my orchids flower?

 
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crown imperials flowers finished

What now? 
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potted coleus

Bring indoor? 
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use old tom compost for strawbs?

 
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fungi identification please

brown, brown & brown 
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slug pellets and birds

slug pellets containing metaldehyde 
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why so expensive?

Sungold tomato seeds 
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chilli seed

can I use my own seeds? 
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Is it a Robin?

No red breast 
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Lilies in pot

keep or palnt out now? 
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Last Post: 28/11/2015 at 13:36

Spratts for tea

But what with them? 
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odd coloured ladybirds

more black than red 
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Kleine Silberspinne

Fountain Grass not 'flowering' 
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Last Post: 28/08/2015 at 14:49

Cornflowers for next year

Re-seeding? 
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