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Grow Your Own / Re: My multi-purpose compost mix
« Last post by sunshineband on Today at 13:41 »
I use perlite for the reasons already offered

I find that this makes a very good mix for sowing:

One third perlite
One third reconstituted coir
One third mpc

Not much in the way of nutrients so weak feeding once first proper leaves have grown, but it really is great for germination for seeds of all sizes. (Tiny ones get a sprinkle of perlite over them when sowing if they need covering)
Many thanks Jezza, you might be right about the sand, but the cable was about 12 foot so I used 2inch of sand , Cable and another 2inch of sand, the cable on the second layer was long ways, then a final layer of sand, if I don’t get the heat on my chilli plants then I will alter it. Thanks.
Grow Your Own / Re: Moving strawberries
« Last post by niclala on Today at 11:50 »
Thank you! I didn't see this until after I'd come in from splitting up and potting on a load of strawberry plant runners, but nice to know that I haven't just rushed into doing something at entirely the wrong time of year. Hopefully some of the potted runners will take OK and can be planted out in the spring.
The Hen House / Re: Despondent hen
« Last post by Sassy on Today at 11:45 »
It usually takes more than 2 or 3 days to cure broodiness. Time is needed for hormones to get back to normal. Although if she was laying again it does suggest this happened. If you wanted broody hens you wouldn't get them!  :nowink:
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2017
« Last post by madcat on Today at 11:38 »
I really value the independent family butchers we have in the village.  Brother of the butcher has a kitchen above it so they do all their own pies and sausage rolls .... brilliant.  Prices are comparable to the supermarket too.  I just wish they were busier ... to be sure that they are going to stick around. We don't help much, as we are going increasingly veggie.   ::)  But their venison sausages call out to me each time I walk past .....

Last night was chicken and cabbage casserole (some meat, a chicken thigh each!), buttered marrow, the last of the beetroot gratin and a wholemeal scone round to mope up the juices.

Tonight - by popular request (ie OH) it is toad (butcher's sausages) in the hole, with roast squash and onion, steamed calabrase (last gasp from the plants), and the rest of the buttered marrow, spoon standing.
Do make sure that the apple cider vinegar you use is unpasteurised. The pasteurised will not have the desired affect  :)
Grow Your Own / Re: My multi-purpose compost mix
« Last post by crh75 on Today at 11:32 »
I use a bit of both! But, as said above, would favour perlite for most things.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by madcat on Today at 11:25 »
Green door - Shakin' Steven
Grow Your Own / Re: My multi-purpose compost mix
« Last post by Auntiemogs on Today at 10:54 »
"Perlite and vermiculite are both good at retaining water, but vermiculite acts more like a sponge, holding much more water than perlite and offering less aeration for the plant roots. Perlite retains water because of its large surface area with nooks and crannies available for water storage. Because it is porous it allows excess water to drain more readily than vermiculite and improves soil aeration."
I (personally) would go with perlite.  :)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Fishing Season 2017
« Last post by sunshineband on Today at 10:20 »
At least you ended with a nice fish Aled!!

What do you shoot?
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