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Home made compost - why do I get seedlings?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:21

It's the best generated within the compost bin that counts rewolfnus. 

Christine, whenever you plant something mix in compost in the planting hole then mulch with same stuff.  Gradually you will improve the soil.  You need to grow what your conditions support...if you have acidic soil then grow acid lovers.  If your soil is neutral or alkaline then grow plants suitable for it.  Mulching is excellent but mpc is not ideal for thst.......mushroom compost, manure, bark chips is good 

To pinch out or not pinch out?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 16:14

I pinch most everything.  It makes a big difference to the quality of the plant 

Buying plants on-line

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 14:27

Yes.....but Paddocks are substantially cheaper.  Just compare 

always on the lookout myself for special plants Annie . Paddocks have a lovely variety of eryngium, jade frost.  Not just the variegation which has pink in it but the flowers are of a wonderful silky blue 

Home made compost - why do I get seedlings?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 14:25

I prefer to use my homemade compost as planting material or in runner bean trench.  It does create a lot of seedlings, esp grass so not worth it as a mulch 

Lop Sided Korean FIr Tree

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:42

Labradoodle, post a picture.  A bit of lateral thinking could create a space for planting underneath 

Berberis Darwinii flower - yellow or orange!?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:35

Yes you are Nut.  I saw you spying on me through your binoculars as I watched you through my telescope 

Buying plants on-line

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:33

Annie, check out Paddocks Plants.  Not a huge range but some quality stuff and some otherwise hard to find at very reasonable prices.  And they are such pleasant people to deal with

Berberis Darwinii flower - yellow or orange!?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:30

Mine are orange....

planted mine few years ago and now every neighbour has one .  I have a neighbour ....very nice but what a copycat.   I'm sure she spies on me with binoculars cos she seems to put in plants I have.  When I cut the grass she immediately does the same thing.  Always popping in asking for cuttings so now I say they won't take from cuttings.  I know, I know, I know but she drives me crackers at times 

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:25

Yellow honka is delightful.  Currently in 2  5 litre pots (divided last autumn) and pushing up lots of new shoots.

Health and Safety

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:22

Thanks Berghill.  I tend, arrogantly, not to consider safety too much ...always in too much of a hurry.......but I will take heed of your warning 

Discussions started by Verdun

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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