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Compost review

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 20:20

Ive used Jacks Magic for the last three or four years. This year it's not as good as when I first used it. I've noticed fungal spors growing on the surface very quickly.

I bought some 'Home and Garden' and it honked something awful so have got my money back from the garden centre.

Im reluctant to buy the expensive stuff so may nip to B&Q or Homebase and try their own brands. 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:29

Full day in the garden. 7.30am until 6pm. I'm done in!

Bad day for compost - some seriously bad smelling bags from the garden centre (that will be going back).  Then I excitedly went to mulch my beds by emptying the compost bin that has been working away all year, and discovered that, last year, my none-gardening other half put a really thick layer of moss  - yep, MOSS(!) in, that he had raked from the lawn into the compost bin. The whole lot had to go. It had got everywhere 🙄

Potted on some seedlings, sowed some more seeds, moved five crowns of rhubarb, potted up some raspberry canes, planted my strawberries, fed everything, planted out my broadbeans, said adios to my camellia that the frost had caught, weeded, tried to get rid of some ivy, washed the outside of my waterbutt, dug over the bed where runner beans will go and drank lots of tea! 

Are Green Thumb right about this lawn?

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 20:02

What a beautiful garden Yeviestevie. Stunning beds, and your grass looks beautiful.

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:54

I take cuttings from mine as find they go a bit leggy after a few years. Have to be careful with mould growing on the cuttings; they see to be susceptible to it in the greenhouse. 

ive found that they can sometimes turn all red rather than red and white. Still lovely though.

Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 16:14

I've just phoned the garden centre - they say it's fine to return in. 40 miles round trip though and I bought grow bags too.

have just had another smell - it's definately not right. 

I'll take it back.

Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 15:56


i bought three bags of garden compost last week and I've just opened one - it smells really odd. Not like I've ever smelt garden compost smell before. A weird sour smell. It's a new brand I haven't used before - but don't want to risk killing everything if it's off... Any ideas?

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 12/03/2017 at 07:39

I'm trying halos for the first time this year. 6 from eBay plus three route 'training' bags (I have no idea what these are for but the chap included them in the sale).

is a watering tray just one of those long plastic trays wide enough for a grow bag, or is it more fancy than that with spikes?

i looked on YouTube and saw a couple of folks doing three per grow bag but now I think I will go with just two. 

Can cucumbers go in grow bags too?

Gardener's World is back tonight at 8pm!

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:05

What a brilliant first episode. Beth and Carol were lovely together. When Beth touched Carol's face at the end of the interview I got a bit emotional!

Love Adam Frost. His enthusiasm for Packwood means it's defo on my list for a visit this year. 

Monty was brill - chirpy and motivating. 

loved the woofs as always.

Roll on next Friday!!!!  Shall we start a petition now to request it doesn't get bumped for the usual egg and spoon racing or kicking a ball around a field later this year?!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:58

Little trip to the garden centre for some strawberry plants. 5 for £5.50 so happy with that.

Toying with planting out broad beans that are in modules in the cold greenhouse. They're about a foot high. Wonder if it's too early to plant them out......

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:40

Had a few hours in the greenhouse. Sowed some more sweet peas, brizia and lupins. Lots of seeds sowed last week and the week before have come through including kale - first year of growing it so very excited!!

Decided I'm going to grow my tomatoes in grow bags in the greenhouse this year as can't summon up the effort to renew the soil in greenhouse beds. Got a couple of grow bags from the garden centre that were being sold off as they are from last years supply. Hope they will be ok...maybe I should just buy new.  Decisions decisions. I'm thinking that a bag of compost unopened from last year is fine, so why not the grow bags.

Discussions started by Tootles

Just in case anyone from the BBC reads...

A plea... 
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Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

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Harvested anything yet?

Broad beans 
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Is it safe to plant out runner beans started in the greenhouse?

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Is this just a massive weed?

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Can roots grow in drains from a seed within a drain?

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Should I use compost - very odd sour smell...

Is it off?? 
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Verbena Bon. question

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Can I use these as seed spuds? 
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Joining the RHS

Is it worth it? 
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Where has Monty gone?

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Seed Audit -open packets and out of date

would love to hear your views 
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Is crop rotation absolutely necessary?

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Friday nights

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Curious - what do you think?

Is a professional gardener without a garden possible? 
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