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by Vagetarian
Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: is there such a product as Fish & blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 948

Re: is there such a product as Fish & blood?

If anyone is interested, I emailed Dr Chalker-Scott and she suggested this article instead;

http://puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%20Chalke ... sphate.pdf

It basically says exactly the same thing as the bonemeal article but much more explicitly.
by Vagetarian
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Canna Tropicanna Hardy?
Replies: 3
Views: 529

Re: Canna Tropicanna Hardy?

The first year I had Tropicanna black, I lifted them and stored in 95% dry compost in the shed. They were frozen at -7C for 1-2 weeks. I had practically 0% rot to the rhizomes on this variety, whereas Australia had at least 50% rot.
by Vagetarian
Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: is there such a product as Fish & blood?
Replies: 16
Views: 948

Re: is there such a product as Fish & blood?

The article that DIm linked is really very poorly written. If you look closely you'll see that it's talking about gardeners who walk around throwing pure bonemeal (high in phosphorous) everywhere. It's got as much to do with fish blood and bone as it has to do with every other balanced compound fert...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Human urine as fertiliser
Replies: 20
Views: 1027

Re: Human urine as fertiliser

What about feline urine? My cats reverted to the litter tray over winter and before I realised they'd pee'd in half of my plant pots. Had a lot of over fertilised plants, several died.

As for my own, if anywhere other than the toilet, it goes straight into the compost bin.
by Vagetarian
Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Tight maurelli leaves
Replies: 21
Views: 1538

Re: Tight maurelli leaves

Miracle Grow is quite a good fertiliser for bananas, high in nitrogen anyway. Could it simply be that the older leaves were a little leggy (longer leaf bases) and the new ones are growing ultra compact bases in all that sunlight? My Super Dwarf Cav had a similar problem early this spring. The new le...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: musa dwarf variety at lidl.updated with pic
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: musa dwarf variety at lidl.updated with pic

Fantastic buy, especially at £1.25. I thought mine were cheap at £2, although I did grab one in The Range, half price at £1. :D Specialist nurseries seem to sell them at £15 or £20! Mature stems eventually lose all of their markings. Young pups still show colouration though. I think that the leaves ...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ricinus growth of the mark or not?
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: ricinus growth of the mark or not?

Up until the last few weeks when we finally got some heat here in Norfolk, my Ricinus was about the only thing that was growing at all. It flowered at around 8", but this variety is supposed to flower early, it is 'Carmencita Red'. DSC_0396.JPG I've had 1 seed pod ripen, it contained 1 seed and it d...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Salad crops and vegetables
Topic: Feeding tomatoes
Replies: 24
Views: 1501

Re: Feeding tomatoes

Poor things. I agree with Dim, just grow decent tasting varieties in the first place and you can't really go wrong. To Dim, I grew Sungold last year and they were great plants and fruits indeed. I then noticed the RHS tomato trial from a few years ago, they did Sungold side by side with one called G...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Korean Natural Farming
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Korean Natural Farming

Really? I'm looking at a trial by Which? Magazine. There are many others like it. The one you linked promoting organics is published by "The Organic Centre", clearly not a bias of any form there! Speak to any religious man about God and he'll have a different synopsis than an atheist or agnostic. Th...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Korean Natural Farming
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Korean Natural Farming

:D was wondering why it took you so long to respond .... have you got a link for the organic produce stating that it tastes worse than non-organic produce? .... will make for interesting reading but watch this space .... I'm always keen to try new things and this Korean 'gangham style' of farming h...
by Vagetarian
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Korean Natural Farming
Replies: 15
Views: 1135

Re: Korean Natural Farming

I clicked your link, read down a little while and then made it to the bit that claims their produce is 30-50% richer nutrient wise and that it tastes better. And I'm stopping right there because that's an outright lie and anything else they have to say cannot be taken seriously. Organic produce is o...
by Vagetarian
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hosta's effective slug/snail management?
Replies: 46
Views: 2364

Re: Hosta's effective slug/snail management?

I haven't tried this but I want to; Take a bucket and put in an inch or so of water, not enough to drown the slugs. Put some leaves in it, and find a cover to trap the slugs in. Every time you catch a slug or snail, place it in the bucket, the more the better. At least one of the slugs should have a...
by Vagetarian
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: pics of new culms
Replies: 25
Views: 1895

Re: pics of new culms

Wow, nice jacko!

I'm kind of glad to hear that everyone else's bamboos are behind. I forgot to water some large, potted Phyllostachys over winter and I'm starting to worry that they may be dead. :cry:
by Vagetarian
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Todays haul in progress!
Replies: 29
Views: 1416

Re: Todays haul in progress!

and the label on the plant itself just has them as "musa tropicana" :lol: Is Musa Super Dwarf a better plant for the UK than Velutina? That is a bargain either way but it's definitely not a velutina. 'Tropicana' is a particular company's brand named Super Dwarf Cavendish clone, it's the same as the...
by Vagetarian
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Concentrated Farmyard Manure with added seaweed
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Concentrated Farmyard Manure with added seaweed

I would want to know what sort of NPK it has before I bought that because it would have to be at least 4x more concentrated to make it financially viable. Then I guess it would be a toss up between the convenience of the lower bulk of the concentrated manure vs the larger quantities of organic matte...