Product Type: Miracle-Gro garden chemicals
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Gro your own Big Bloomers
Member Name: rolletrog
Advantages: The mother-in-law will be impressed
Disadvantages: Tomatoes galore
Tis with great pride and satisfaction that I announce: this year we grew our own food. Now, I somewhat exaggerate, as in fact we only managed tomatoes, corn and peas but since that's a 100% success rate from seeds I think I'm allowed to blow my own trumpet.
You may be forgiven for thinking Big Whoopdy Doo, but in truth, there are many pitfalls to growing your own plants: the first being the hideous weather here in the North West. If it's not raining, it's pissing it down - due to the virtually constant rain and coastal wind, plants have to be hardy to say the least and in our effort to become just a little more self-sufficient and smug, our first purchase was of course a greenhouse. After choosing the items for our growing extravaganza (this mostly involved picking the packets that said "Easy to grow") we also purchased Miracle Gro - HimIndoors was all for buying the rather costly ready-to-use bottles but me, in my ever scrimping and saving mode, chose the 'granules in a box' one.
We already had the Miracle Gro Feeder which is a wonderful contraption you attach to your hosepipe allowing you to feed your plants without traipsing back and forth with an extremely heavy watering can (it's like a mini-watering can fastened to your hosepipe through which the water runs cleverly mixing the granules so that the water that runs out onto your plants has the plant food dissolved in it). Thus, using the Miracle Gro granules is a piece cake.
The price of flowers
Found in all good gardening retailers and pretty much everywhere else, Miracle Gro Plant Food costs about £4 for a box of 500g which apparently should last 40 watering cans - since we use the hosepipe method I can't vouch for this but we just put a great load into the feeder container and let it work its magic (when the water in the container is clear, you've got to add some more) - we've not had to buy another box this year so that's good.
Well, as I've already mentioned, the weather sucks. Luckily, the mini-greenhouse meant that our little seeds soon became seedlings without being washed away or swamped. In all, there were only 4 seeds that failed to work - obviously I can't put it down to Miracle Gro but I'm sure there was a higher failure rate when we used to grow cress in an egg at school. Secondly, the seedlings seemed to get large enough to plant in tubs really quickly - not that I've had a lot of experience, but in using the trusty guides on the back of the packets the little plants were ready quicker than they suggested (or maybe I was just ruddy impatient).
The real proof is in the pudding (or plants in this case). The Miracle Gro was used from the birth of the plants right through to their consumption. Apparently, you're supposed to use Miracle Gro's vegetable food but we're the kind of people that ignore advice and then whinge when it all goes wrong. However, it appeared to pay off - the tomatoes were the only plant that we actually used the appropriate veggie food on once they were planted out (the mother-in-law donated her tomato feed as her's had been eaten by the squirrels - oh, the exciting lives we lead) but the corn and peas were subjected to a once weekly drink of the magic potion. The first batch of corn went to Gary the Guinea pig as it wasn't ready for picking but once again I'd got impatient, the second went to mother and she said it was lovely, which meant that the third cobs got eaten by us (well, better to be tested by others first). They were very good. The tomatoes were plentiful - they lasted for ages even though Pig tended to help herself when she felt peckish, and they were very good - used for all kinds of cooking, although I think Himindoors got a little sick of them in the end. The peas were alright but then peas are boring anyway. We won't be doing them again.
The flowers were excellent - I mean, who'd have though that we could grow real pretty flowers from seeds. I was a very lucky girl as I'd always wanted to grow sunflowers but mother had never let me as she doesn't like yellow. Tis true, but at 33, I finally got my wish and the sunflowers were huge (our's towered over the fence, dwarfing the small child's attempt next door). We grew some little pansy things and something else that began with C which was a trailing thing that had pretty flowers but went everywhere and got on my nerves.
We also used the Miracle Gro on the already established plants and bushes lurking in the garden and to be fair the whole ensemble seemed to flourish. The only thing that may have taken offence to the potion was the Clematisesses (there were 3 of them, 'Clemati?', whatever) 2 of which never got going and the third did but died a terrible death at the gob of Pig who for some reason decided that it was a crappy plant and deserved to be massacred - each to their own.
Did a Miracle occur?
Indeed one would think so. Not since the creation of The Rock Garden of Eden (my own beautiful design that still stands today at my mother's house) has a greater abundance of flora been observed. I may exaggerate somewhat but the mother-in-law liked the garden and most of the plants lasted for a very long time so I guess something helped them when the weather/ dog was trying it's best to destroy them. I will definitely use it again but this time I'll try and remember what was grown.
Thanks for reading.
Review will most definitely appear elsewhere.
Me & Pig
Both a bit sick of tomatoes.
Summary: Good product!