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Orchid Media – Hidden Crap in White Bags

Growing orchids is popular now that plant prices have come down and people are starting to learn how to grow the plants. For orchids to do well they need to to be repotted regularly in a good airy media.

In recent years, suppliers of commercial potting mixtures have switched from clear bags to white bags. There are probably some good financial reasons for doing this, but it also causes a problem; you can’t see what you are buying. For regular soil that isn’t as much of a problem, but for orchid media it is a big concern.

Miracle-Gro Orchid media that is unsuitable fro growing Orchids

Miracle-Gro Orchid media that is unsuitable fro growing Orchids

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Jiffy Peat Pellets – Not Good For The Environment

Jiffy peat pellets, also called Jiffy pellets and Jiffy-7, are a convenient way to start seeds. Just add water to the small pellets and they expand, ready for us. Place a seed in the top and in no time you will have happy seedlings.

This all sounds like a good idea, but how well do plants grow? Are the pellets bio-degradable in the garden?

Jiffy-7 pellets not good for the environment

Jiffy-7 pellets for starting seeds

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Sunlight Calculator – Another Product You Don’t Need

Someone on a social site asked if anyone knew of a light meter that would measure the amount of light in their garden. I burst out in laughter thinking this was a great joke. Then someone posted a link to just such a product; the Sunlight Calculator. I cried. Are people really dumb enough to buy such a product?

Sunlight Calculator, a product you don't need

Sunlight Calculator, a product you don’t need

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