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Supermarket cress

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 23:17

I was in a supermarket a couple of weeks ago and they were selling tubs of cress for 5p. They had loads of them going cheap because they were on their best before date. It was the kind of cress that's grown in the tubs in some kind of paper foam impregnated with feed and water.

Anyway, I ate most of them but there are two left that are now a couple of weeks after their best before date. I've kept them on a window cill, watered them and even put a splash of vegetable feed in the bottom of the tubs to keep them alive.

The cress is much taller now and the leaves are noticeably larger. So is cress still good to eat at this stage? Is the best before date only relevant to whatever feed they put into the tub in the first place?

Weed killer differences

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 18:08
hogweed says:

I would think the path and patio stays in the soil preventing weed germination while the other stuff is inactive once it hits the soil. If you read the labels, always a good idea, it will tell you.

See original post

As I said, the labels are exactly the same, except for a "search & replace" done to the product name.

They only claim to contain the same chemical in the same proportions and both say they're biodegradable. I've searched the Web and looked at the Doff website, but I cannot find a single reference to any differences between these products.

Also, does anyone know if weed killer goes off? I just used the last of the old bottle, which has pretty much stood with only a little bit left in it since last year, and it doesn't seem to have worked as well as I expected. I'm yet to start the new bottle (it's raining today) but I'm sure it'll work quicker and more effectively.

Weed killer differences

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 17:44

Aldi sell Doff week killer a couple of times per year, but they alternate between the red "path & patio" weed killer and the yellow plain weed killer. Both have the same amount of glyphosate and the information on the back looks identical to me. They both claim to do the same things.

So what's the difference? Surely Doff don't tool-up to produce two products containing the same stuff inside. What's the path & patio version secretly got that the yellow one doesn't?

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 13:28

Actually, I just checked the bulbs again and not only have they indeed shrunk a bit and gone soft, they now appear to be deeper in the soil. I barely poked them into the surface of well-turned soil in February, and they now appear to be the best part of 2" down!

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 13:00

Thanks for the replies.

Having not grown onions before (I tried a couple of times with seed but they never grew), I thought I'd try sets, and the packet said they grow in 90s days. I assumed the bulbs grow along with the rest of the plant so thought something was wrong when they hadn't grown at all in six weeks, and the bulbs were a bit squidgy. I did heavily water the planter the day before, so maybe I over-watered them?

The shoots seem OK to me, a nice bright green. They don't get the best of sun, especially in the mornings, so I'm not sure if that will affect things.

Having planted the sets at the end of February, when is it likely I'll be pulling them up? I'd assumed they'd be ready by June, when I intended to replace them in the planter with tomato plants, which I have still in a mini propagator starting to sprout their first foliage after the cotyledons. It looks like I'll have to find a plan-B for the tomatoes.

Lilys growing already?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:41

Mine are now up to 20" tall. I'm hoping it'll be a repeat of last year's surprisingly tall 6' lilies.

I notice a few have disappeared though, so I don't know what happened to the bulbs over winter. But there are new ones, where I assume old bulbs have split into two plants.

Onion sets not growing

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:37

I planted some red onion sets at the end of February and have watched the shoots appear and now grow to about 6-8" tall.

All looked good until I carefully removed the soil around one of the bulbs this morning to see how big they've grown so far, and was disappointed to find it hadn't grown at all, and it feels a bit soft.

I tried a couple of others and they're the same, yet the shoots are still growing. Any ideas what's gone wrong? It was my first attempt at onion sets.

Lilys growing already?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 09:10

I'm in London and mine started breaking the surface a couple of week ago, in shaded soil. They're now about 2-4" tall.

I also thought it was a bit early.

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 09:02

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I planted a few tomato seeds in a small seed tray with a clear plastic lid last month and the first shoot appeared a week ago. It was growing well for a few days but then the cotyledons just shrivelled-up, one night leaving a perfectly intact stem.

At first I thought something ate them, but this was kept inside and there are no slugs in the soil. The cotyledons just seemed to decay and after a few more days there's literally nothing left of them, only the stem, which is still standing.

Any idea what went wrong, and I take it the stem will not grow into a proper plant now, even though it's so-far showed no signs of dying?

Once the shoot appeared, I took to taking the lid off during the day and leaving the tray by a window for more light, then putting the lid on again at night. One night, I put the lid back on with the cotyledons looking very healthy, the following morning I took it off and they were completely shrivelled.

Last edited: 20 March 2017 09:09:11

Gladioli seeds

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:47

I have gladioli in my garden that are more or less at the end of the season now. The ones that flowered first have long lost their petals and the flower heads (16 on some plants) have swollen into big pods.

Are these gladioli seeds, and if so, are they likely to grow into new plants in the average London garden? How long does it take to go from a seed to a full new plant?

In the past, I've just cut the dead stalks down as soon as they turn brown, but perhaps I could have been harvesting these pods and growing new gladioli.

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