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by Chris
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?
Replies: 69
Views: 14621

Re: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?

Hi Grundig

What an excellent first post! Informative, thoughtful and - most importantly - with evidence. That's what we need.

Chris
by Chris
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday Johnboy
Replies: 21
Views: 2541

Re: Happy Birthday Johnboy

Happy Birthday from me as well - and thanks for the knowledge and wisdom you have shared on the Forum

Chris
by Chris
Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?
Replies: 69
Views: 14621

Re: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?

Hi A letter in last week's Garden News Recommended "Jack's magic" compost from Westland. I bought a bag yesterday and it looks, smells and feels good - no twigs, clumps, fibres or plastics - 90% peat with added loan. The proof of the compost however is in the growing. But it is nice to hav...
by Chris
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?
Replies: 69
Views: 14621

Re: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?

Hi

Thanks for the advice which I have taken on board.
by Chris
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Grow what you fancy growing
Replies: 5
Views: 2233

Grow what you fancy growing

Hi I'm sorry this section has not been as well used as some of us hoped. But worth continuing with it. I've been looking back at my first veg. plot notes from the mid 1970's. Just 2 pieces of advice. Grow the things that you really want to grow and keep a record so that you can learn more each year....
by Chris
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What is the best compost to buy for 2012?
Replies: 69
Views: 14621

What is the best compost to buy for 2012?

Hi Compost has changed - especially the peat based ones which now often come with lumps, fibres and twigs. I spent last year trying a fairly wide range and ended up agreeing with Which Magazine that B&Q multi-purpose is the best I could find locally. I've just bought another bag for the start of...
by Chris
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Jeyes fluid
Replies: 11
Views: 3472

Re: Jeyes fluid

Hi Like you I used to use Jeyes - but also came to feel it is pretty toxic stuff with a lingering small. I have also used Citrox - but now just go for thorough cleaning - maybe with a bit of household disinfectant. I don't know how effective good plain washing is - but haven't noticed any difference...
by Chris
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: WHAT'S IN THE PROPAGATOR??
Replies: 11
Views: 2422

Re: WHAT'S IN THE PROPAGATOR??

Got going at the weekend and today. In propagator or heated bed - peas (Excellenz), spring onions, lettuce, radish, broad beans (Sutton) and a few carrots - all for later growing in the tunnel for early crops. Also chrysanthemum cuttings. Peppers also sown in propagator at the end of last week. Thes...
by Chris
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Our Plots and Plants ? Inheritance and legacy?
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Re: Our Plots and Plants ? Inheritance and legacy?

Hi Given that this is one of the most interesting of the recent postings I will have a stab at a reply - difficult as it is. From a personal point of view: 1. Previous generations taught me that gardening can be an integral part of life that provides an important dimension keeping us in touch with l...
by Chris
Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beware - The Carbon Weevils
Replies: 1
Views: 801

Re: Beware - The Carbon Weevils

Interesting and amusing -also amazing what humans can do when they try.

Chris
by Chris
Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Which gardening books do you recomend ?
Replies: 27
Views: 3172

Re: Which gardening books do you recomend ?

Hi NB

The one I bought last week was updated in 2009. Most is the same as earlier editions - and over 5.7 million have been printed over the years.

Chris
by Chris
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Which gardening books do you recomend ?
Replies: 27
Views: 3172

Re: Which gardening books do you recomend ?

Hi Monica - totally agree - it would be a shame if this classic book failed to keep up with present needs.

Chris
by Chris
Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Encouraging newcomers
Replies: 32
Views: 4118

Re: Encouraging newcomers

Hi There are a lot of good ideas in this thread - important to remember that potential newcomers will have very different sites to grow things on and in and very few will (or maybe should) go straight for a largish allotment plot (even if they can find one). Several years ago some Forum contributors...
by Chris
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Which gardening books do you recomend ?
Replies: 27
Views: 3172

Re: Which gardening books do you recomend ?

Hi Although an infrequent contributor to the Forum these days I can't resist this topic having just sent a copy of the Hessayon Vegetable and Herb Gardening book to my son He is becoming interested in growing vegetables and I reckon that this is still the single best basic reference book. The qualit...
by Chris
Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sugar snap peas
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: Sugar snap peas

Thanks - I will try both suggestions

Chris

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