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Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 21:48

My bought stuff is only used in pots along with vermisculite when potting up seedlings or spread ontop of seed trays to improve germination and I use perlite mixed with compost for hanging baskets and annual pots, after which the used compost in the latter goes to the tip. 

These aren't fertilisers but improve aeration and drainage in pots, vermisculite also reduces the risk of damping off for new seedlings. .    


Best organic fertiliser

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 20:24

I'm not sure what is or isn't organic so rule of thumb me thinks, anything I've made is organic but stuff bought might not be.On that basis, I use horse muck and leaf mould as additions to home made compost to feed the ground and make liquid seaweed to feed plants.

Then I have a selection of bought stuff like FB&B, growmore and bone meal which is used generally in pots mixed with compost or spread in holes when planting flowers, shrubs etc...depending on the plant.

Then I have stuff to give vegs a quick burst like sulphate of amonia and potash.

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 19:50

You can also use old pop bottles, cut in half as cloches in the Spring, I put them over seedling vegs when first planted out, to stop birds eating them and to keep off the cold at night.   

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 22:12

Silly Q but why do you want heating in your shed?

Planting & Staggering !

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:52

I would say you can sow but can't plant out tender veg plants till the last frost

I've not grown onions from seed so can't advise but sowing most veg seeds in Feb/March unless your soil is warmed up and the plants protected, will need nurturing for several months in small pots either indoors or a heated GH and there is nothing to be gained by sowing early because later sown vegs catch up.   

Parsnips also grow a tappered root and don't take to kindly to being started off in a pot as your parsnip wil develop from that root which needs to grow straight down and not be restricted with the bottom of a pot. 

Do you have a GH or space in doors to sow? Where do plan to keep the sown seeds until planting out?

You wont believe our favorite telly programs.

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 21:07

I remember seeing a rerun of Abigail's Party, has to be a classic and the clothes...well don't get me started...

I like 'One Foot in The Grave'....and...'One Foot in the Argile' (Spellings probably wrong) has me in tears of laughter no matter how many times it's watched.

Does anyone remember ' Butterflies ' think that was what it was called. The intro music was one of Dolly Parton's songs. Going to see Dolly Parton in June .  

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 00:13

Soaking in neat bleach for a few days gets permanent marker off plastic labels. I've had the same labels for years and use a Stabilo permanent marker. 

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:51

 Well David...clearly the GC's up North are slightly more in vogue and not as naff looking as those in your part of the world.

OMG wouldn't venture again into a GC which was trying to sell a tree like that one

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 23:32

I'm happy to be wrong...but off topic..how do you relate your first posting to this thread Dove on gardening...

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:38

blair, a bit off topic but a house we moved to when I was a child had an old stove with little ovens in, in the basement where presumably meals were prepared, it wasn't a huge house but those who owned it when built must have had people making meals for them because who cooks in the basement! 

My father at the time wanted to rip it out and convert the basement into something else. He did but boarded the stove up. Stepmother now lives there, no doubt someone in the future will uncover a real treasure when she goes to the final resting place in the sky ...

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