Latest posts by Tina_i_am

Chilli Focus and Formulex

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 16:04
nutcutlet says:

It reads rather like an advert Tina. I don't think you intended it that way but it could be interpreted like that.

See original post

 Ah, okay, I'm not working to promote these two brands. I've never used either before and wanted to know if anyone else has? What people think, how well they worked? Genuinely only seeking information for myself and how best to use in my own garden.

Last edited: 25 July 2017 16:06:07

Chilli Focus and Formulex

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 15:43

I've bought these two

I got the Chilli Focus for my chillies and I bought the other one out of interest. Just wondered what you thought of them? What have you used Formulex for?

Poppy identification please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 22:24

Blue ones are usually Meconopsis.

What's up with my Acer?

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 22:18

Possibly with moving it from pot to ground, then back to a pot, it has been moved too much and stressed. Each time you move a plant it losses it's tiny root system and that needs time to re-establish. 

Keep it watered, don't allow the pot to dry out, and in a sheltered spot, from the wind and not in direct sun all day. It is going to take time to grow and become a lovely specimen. 

Is it potted in ericacious compost? They do do best in acid soil. 

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:43

Pete, do you start your chilli seeds in a propagator? Or on  a warm windowsill? 

Last edited: 20 July 2017 11:43:48

Bench renovation

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 22:20

I cleaned my bench with a scrubbing brush and sugar soap. I couldn't believe how well it removed all that grime. Then I applied a stain. It's like a new bench.

Last edited: 19 July 2017 22:25:03

Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:44

I think this is the one I first watched. But loads on youtube


Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:41

I went on youtube and found a video on how to take them apart, clean and then sharpen. I'd give this a try first. It wasn't too difficult and they are cutting just fine now. You are going to need a wire brush, some 3 in 1 oil, rags and a wet stone or something to sharpen the blade.

What deficiency is this?

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:36
Paul B3 says:

Try a general plant tonic such as Sequestrene !

See original post

Thanks for your suggestion, I've drenched it with a Sequestrene plant tonic and will let you know how it gets on.

As it's a deciduous plant, I hope that the improvement in the pot can only help, it will drop its leaves and be a better healthier looking wisteria next season.

Peat-free compost

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:29
Tina_i_am says:

This year, for the first time, I bought and used peat-free compost. It seems okay, plants growing well, but I do have a couple of observations about it.

I find it dries out quicker. The surface especially dries out and seems to make a firm crust. Is this normal for peat-free compost and does everyone else find this?

I was also wondering if peat-free is less nutrient dense than other composts? Is peat-free better for any particular situation or to be avoided for certain plants? 

Thanks for reading

See original post

Thanks for the replies and healthy debate on should we use peat-free compost and does it make a difference to the environment, but can I just draw you back to my original set of questions?

I did buy some perlite yesterday to add to the peat-free compost. I just found that the peat-free compost seemed to dry out and form a hard crust and wasn't sure if this was typical. I was also wondering if it was suitable for all planting situations (fruit, chillies, container gardening) or if some plants just don't thrive in it.

Discussions started by Tina_i_am

Remove leaves on Chilli plant, or not?

Replies: 1    Views: 136
Last Post: 11/08/2017 at 18:08

Tumbling Tom

Replies: 14    Views: 417
Last Post: 13/08/2017 at 09:35

Too early to take cuttings?

Replies: 9    Views: 488
Last Post: 16/08/2017 at 17:55


Replies: 1    Views: 120
Last Post: 09/08/2017 at 15:41


Replies: 0    Views: 72
Last Post: 09/08/2017 at 15:16

Name of Chillies on GW and a few other qustions

3 questions, all chilli related 
Replies: 2    Views: 152
Last Post: 30/07/2017 at 16:25

Will Crocosmia only flower in full sun?

Replies: 2    Views: 191
Last Post: 26/07/2017 at 19:46

East facing border

Summer flowering recommendations, please 
Replies: 6    Views: 235
Last Post: 26/07/2017 at 22:06

Chilli Focus and Formulex

Have you used them? 
Replies: 13    Views: 330
Last Post: 27/07/2017 at 17:58

Peat-free compost

what is your experience? 
Replies: 10    Views: 374
Last Post: 19/07/2017 at 14:26

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Replies: 14    Views: 346
Last Post: 20/07/2017 at 12:07

Curled/ crinkle leaves on chillies / sweet peppers

Replies: 3    Views: 169
Last Post: 12/07/2017 at 15:44

Curled/ crinkle leaves on chillies / sweet peppers

Replies: 0    Views: 64
Last Post: 12/07/2017 at 14:05

What deficiency is this?

Replies: 20    Views: 860
Last Post: 20/07/2017 at 05:56

Guidance on plant spacing

Replies: 1    Views: 173
Last Post: 05/07/2017 at 14:47
1 to 15 of 63 threads