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dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 19 11:10 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

i have had problems with them in the past.

as a general thing bagged composts vary quite a bit from maker to maker from year to year and even batch to batch.

the current online reviews help a bit and the annual yearly survey of 50 or so brands by which magazine is very useful

i suspect some makers are less than fussy about ingredients or ruthless at abandoning batches with a low success rate than others

from what i found out it seems that some firms compost animal bedding that was treated with herbicide ( rape seed straw for horse boxes has been an issue ) and the other source of herbicide residues is domestic/local authority green waste (folk spray it then put the dead stuff in the compost bin )

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 19 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that DPack, I never knew. Next year I'll do a bit more research before I buy a seedling compost. First year I've ever bought one and what a disappointment.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 19 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

no shame mate , i had no idea some composts were less than reliable if they came in a bag.

i would have thought reputation was a high priority but it seems the odd dodgy batch or year still works for some firms , not specifying any by name but i spose some just work the bad reviews into costs and expect most punters blame their lack of green fingers rather than the compost.

if/ when you dispose of it pop it under the patio or on the knotweed rather than anywhere you might wish things to grow

duff compost to murder knotweed might actually work
this should be trialed

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 19 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks DPack.

I'll stick it on the knotweed and let you know how I get on.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 19 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i like tomatoes, i like mice.

discombobulating 2 of them while murdering slugs did remind me that gardening needs to be done for all involved

for a small space i have quite a selection of critters that visit or live here and are welcome, trying to accommodate them and grow stuff can be a bit fraught at times.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 19 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I quite like mice outside, and the wood mice we get in the woods are lovely, but not indoors. I found 2 huge snails in the compost heap yesterday, so squashed them and left the remains for the attendant robin, or the thrush that has been singing for the last few days.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 19 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

all 6 are still alive, all are different ranging from bushy to single stem tall, the most beasty one got best place and has gone for two trunks .

the slugged one is alive but in the way

the variation is quite striking as they had the same conditions until they got their final boxes

it will be interesting to find out how each develops, i have tried to give each a place it's shape seems suited to but in many ways they could be different strains

ace, from what slim said last time these are the real deal, ie variable but the best are very best and i just put the big un in the best spot

as they are in fairly rich soil i will give em another couple of weeks growing roots before i start feeding them liquids

i must give thought to the spots that are better than the best spot , brackets, steel rope , pulleys etc, hey ho
grrr the best sun is not at floor level

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 19 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the one that got slugged tried hard, grew new roots above the slug damage and then spotted with blight.
culled and binned.

one has gone to a nice new home leaving 4.
one tall broad and bifurcated half way up
one similar but bushier from low side shoots
two very bushy from soil level

they look like 3 different strains but the bigun is most certainly big

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine are doing pretty well. I think I might end up with my first ripe fruit within 2 weeks.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fruit is a while off here, the bigun is just setting second layer of flower buds with the first ones almost open .

last time fruiting was from the end of august and continued into autumn.

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine fruit into November but then I have artificial help with the greenhouse.

Also got my first cucumber fruit and the first few peppers and chillis. Aubergines are close to flowering too.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my cucumbers are just at first proper leaves but they will soon go from propagator to sunny spot in a big pot for a couple of months.
mini cloches made with a plastic bottle should ease the journey

. i thought they were a right off but as they are an outdoor, rapid season, F1 i might get some little uns for pickles

the toms still look ok even though they are a bit damp and have not had good sunshine for a week.

a few aphids but not owt to worry about at the mo considering the number of ladybird larvae

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Warning about aphids: I have had a rather nasty infestation! Worse than I have seen in years.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 19 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

damp suits aphids, the only nasty patches have been on things other than toms but i am watching very carefully in case there is an outbreak rather than a few for the ladybirds and birdy birds to eat.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 19 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They seemed to like my Pak Choi and peppers.

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