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Latest posts by Zoomer44

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:42

The grow bags bought from Lidl have proved ok up to now, the compost is unbelievably black though. To edge my bets and something of an experiement, I mixed it with cumbrian peat and added perlite and growmore when using it in final planting out pots. For potting up I just mixed it with peat and added vermiculite around the stems of seedlings.  It's very compact and needs breaking up but I'm not complaining.  

It's been used in pots for lillies, gladioli, sunflowers, dalihas to name but a few, all doing really well, dwarf lillies and dwarf sunflowers are in bloom. Also used it in bags for spuds and pots for all manner of vegs both in GH and outdoors. It retains water well, prehaps alittle to well, I've had to reduce watering. I've lost one squash plant after planting out and the odd seedling, giving it the thumbs up.     

Possible to sow more peas and beans

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:00

You can still sow peas and I think french/runner beans not so sure about broad beans though.

You'll know when peas are ready because you'll begin to see the outline of the pea in the pod. I've already started to pick mine, start picking them as soon as you think they are ready, or at a size you want them, there won't be many to start with but the plant will produce more flowers and before you know it you'll have a glut.   

Need to improve soil what's best?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:45

Double dig in some mushroom compost or well rotted horse muck to improve the soil. If you can't get it for free, neither are that expensive to buy. I dug in mushroom compost on a new bed last year and everything is romping away.

Too late to plant more seeds?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:34

It's worth trying french beans in pots, so long as the pot is wide enough at the top to space them out and you keep the compost from drying out.

You can still sow broccoli, my plants are still fairly small, they've only been out a couple of weeks, I'm sure a sowing now would catch up.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:21

It was lovely and warm here, no wind or rain. I tied in plants in the GH and discovered a cue hiding behind a leaf, courgettes are flowering, along with first earlies and a tom plant has lots of tiny green fruit on. Picked my first purple podded peas today, they didn't make it to the kitchen but tasted divine. Biggest pea plants I've ever grown at nearly 5ft and still growing.

Planted out some fennel, second time lucky, I'm hoping for some bulbs this year.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 22:25

Didn't get the predicted high winds but it's rained most of today. We've had 4 'full Smith' days on the run, making 5 in June, conditions looking good for old blighty Here's to hoping the weather changes tomorrow, I've five bags of spuds and a row in the veg garden

Digging fork

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 01:51

Silly Q but do you mean a hand fork! Or a fork that's as big as a spade!

Just to confuse things more, I have a hand fork which looks like a little rake and to confuse things further still, use it turned upside down, like a hoe, in raised beds, where plants are planted far to close together to use a big stand up hoe, to weed effectively.

Bought it from Aldi and wouldn't be without it...they sell a few other hand tools, some of which whose uses aren't that obvious, might be worth a look.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 22:27


Not quite as windy here just yet but the hatches are batoned down in readyness and it's been raining heavily.

The torch come's through town at the top of our road on 22nd, I wonder if the flame will go out in the rain! 

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 22:21

My neighbour has a lovely magnolia tree, the first year we moved in, following it blooming we had a bar-be-cue right in front of the tree, everyone commented on how nice it looked in flower, it was one of my first bar-be-cues and quite a smokey  affair, within days of the bar-be-cue nearly all the flowers had dropped off it, convinced it was the bar-be-cue after friends said it was probably the smoke which killed the flowers, I didn't dare show my face in the garden when the neighbour was about for weeks after. It wasn't until the following year when it flowered again and the flowers did the same thing without a bar-be-cue did we realise that's what Magnolia's do  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 23:31

It was hot and sunny here today,  so pleased it was dry in the capital this evening. Loved the concert, Madness were brill - in our house- had to be a master piece.

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