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Posted: 09/05/2016 at 14:47

The proof is in the EATING. 

transplanting often produces tough beetroot.  

(There you go...a rant.  A mild rant but enough to ruffle a few feathers)

Bishop of llandaff

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:34


Where are all the ranters?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:32

Good on you aym 

seek out your bargains and haggle like mad.  

Oh!  I get deals on everything....saved a lot of money last week.  Vet medication from £79 down to £34 (although I got it eventually online for £18); virus protection from £74 to £ 24.99; a new hosta for free from local nursery....I exchanged for one of my salvias.  Week before I got £10 off new trainers.  Huge reductions on home, car insurance, phone, broadband, tv's, washing machines, clothes....anything and everything.  Just ask and look as though it's normal 

I got my haggling skills from my first bicycle I haggled for at the age of 10 

Bishop of llandaff

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:16

Surprised if it takes that long B3 

Is it worth removing dandelions from a lawn?

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:14

Oh dear.  

I'm in the minority then


some will say this is anti green and anti wildlife but I disagree. I love my green green spread...the look, the feel and those stripes 

so people you have a choice.....a lawn with weeds or a lawn without 

mameha, it is simple to rid your lawn of damdelions. Use a lawn weedkiller.  It works quickly and does not harm your grass.  It saves your back and your knees and it is job done.  It does not destroy wildlife....I have bees, butterflies and a host of natural creatures here

you can use a spot lawn weedkiller and just spray the weeds or you can water over the whole lawn

you weed your borders...the anti lawn weed killing brigade do weed your lawn and do so the easy way 

Bishop of llandaff

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 12:02

B3 don't be in a hurry to out them out just yet

grow them on in small 9xm pots and pot on as soon as roots are seen.  I pot on seceral times...have some in 10 litre pots.   I would put them in your container when they have filled 1litre pots.  

The Bishop is a vigorous dahlia so wait for a few weeks to see how yours are. 


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:25

Morning Steph

I assume you mean pelargoniums so, yes, pot them into 9 cm pots.  Before you plant them into the ground pot on again so you have nice size garden ready plants.


Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:22

GD, sorry to "dishearten" you.....not my intention at all.  

Let us know how you get on.  Not saying they will not grow...far from it.....but in my experience I found re seeding beetroot (to fill gaps) produced far better plants more quickly than transplanted ones.

as later comments suggest, transplanted beetroot can be successful .  Many transplanted seedlings suffer a check (hence my "sulk" description) when moved and I think affects the taste and quality at harvest time 

I have beetroot several cm's tall and bushy growing outside far the best way for me 

Soil for Salvias

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 08:11

Only ever bought one salvia as a plug.....hate perennial plugs with a vengeance   Perennials growing in 1 litre pots are so much better value and not much more expensive 

bought one a few weeks back from a well known supplier and, boy, is it slow

fidget is right, if you have bought plugs Jason they will really be for late summer at the earliest if you want flower...Amistad though is vigorous and needs potting up frequenty.

Ceanothus not flowering

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 07:51

Oooooo, are soooooo ruthless 

is Meadow growing this in a pot?  enough of a reason for it not to have flowered if so 

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