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Zinc planter

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:25

I spoke to the company this morning who said they are for external use but couldn't explain why the black finish is flaking off and said they hadn't recieved my emails. He also said that he hasn't had problems with these planters (maybe because he doesn't read peoples emails), otherwise he wouldn't sell them and that he sells lots of them each year. I've sent him the photos again, so lets see what he comes back with. 

Zinc planter

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 11:15

Thanks for your reponses....


I brought them in April 2012 and contacted them first about the problem in April 2013 with photos (no reply), so I contacted them again at the weekend (still no reply), although I'm not sure they'll give me the time of day as its getting on for 18 months since I brought them.

I checked the website, although what it said over 12 mths ago, who knows! I'm sure I wouldn't have brought anything that said it was only for indoor use as I spent a lot of time doing my homework before I brought anything. At the moment, the website says 'they will age outdoors over time'.... nothing about the finish flaking off!

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:25

Thanks both, I will keep on at them although I'm not sure what they will do about it know as it's been more than a year since I brought them. Lesson learnt! 

Zinc planter

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:12

I brought 3 lovely black zinc rectangular planters last year which are on my deck with bamboo in them - I was really pleased with them to start with. But this spring I noticed the black 'paint' flaking and peeling off and it's getting worse. They weren't cheap and I'm miffed as to why this has happened. I can't find any answers online and I emailed the company I brought them from but they haven't replied. 

Has anyone else experienced this or is it just me? I'm reluctant to buy any more

Flies in my garlic plants

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 18:30

Hi All,

I planted some garlic for the first time (actually first time I have grown any fruit/veg) and they have been doing well. I believe they 'went to seed' a short time ago so I cut off the scapes (thought this was the right thing to do?). Last night I noticed one of the plants was covered in small flies (along a leaf and going into where I cut the scape off), so I pulled it up and through it away thinking it was a goner. However this evening, another one has sucumed to the same fate. I have some bug spray (Bayer Garden Provado Ultimate bug killer) - can I spray the plants with this? Should I have not cut off the scapes?

I also have rust on one plant - should I cut off the affected leaves? 

Thank you!

Whats eating my Comos?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 17:29

Thanks for your responses. Here is a picture of my problem - could be earwigs. I shall give the organic approach a go and see what happens. The snails also seem to be having a munch on the bottom leaves, despite my pellets. 



Whats eating my Comos?

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 16:40

Hi all,

I planted a comos last week which I brought from the local garden centre. One of the flowers opened during the week and I noticed today that something has put a hole through the petal and something has also eaten half of another bud. Looking on the internet it seems that comos are generally 'pest free'. So whats eating mine??

Many thanks! 

Problem with Butternut squash leaves

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 13:37
Of the 3 I originally grew from seed, only 1 is still alive. I tried to grow another 3 inside but only 1 germinated and isn't looking too happy. I tried putting some seeds directly in the ground outside but they aren't growing. So not very good! I don't think I over watered them, just kept them moist. It's my first attempt so i'll try again next year but hopefully the one still surviving will produce something!

Problem with Butternut squash leaves

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 08:59

The next set of leaves are just starting to come through, so far they look ok but I will keep an eye on them. Thanks for the advise! 

Problem with Butternut squash leaves

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:02

Hello, I am new to gardening, especially to growing vegetables.

I have 3 seeds of butternut squash hunter variety growing in pots inside next to my south facing window. They currently each have 3 leaves on. All was going well (watered regularly, liquid fed every week) however this week I noticed that the larger round leafs have started to develop yellow-white speckling (which is starting to darken in small areas) and the smaller, longer leaves are starting to curl at the edges.

Any suggestions of what could be going wrong? I have read on some forums that it could be mildew but I could say the speckling is powderary. 

Many thanks!!!


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