David Ahrens

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  1. Incidently, some of these Melcourt people say that they will deliver when the lorry is your way. You might have to wait a while but this may not be a problem. Of course, it is now the start of the growing season and you may be wanting it.
  2. It might well be cheaper to get it delivered by overnight courier. If you find a stockiest only thirty miles away, that is still a tenner in petrol.
  3. Saving a rotten vft bulb

    It's good when that happens. I have had my VFT's in a Melcourt mix for a couple of years now and they have been going downhill. I repotted in a coir mix this Spring and they have been getting back into the swing of things after the cold spell. So far, six out of twelve pots are growing. I am hoping more will pop up.
  4. Bell Jars

    I've tried the fridge over the Winter, it didn't work for me.
  5. Bell Jars

    Not possible, I live on a ground floor flat.
  6. CONNED BY A VAN DEALER

    It doesn't sound quite as bad as it did in the first place. It does sound that you are in the market for older vans though. Just try not to get a van that has been couriered, unless it is cheap and you are prepared to put a new engine in. My van has been in the garage this week, it is going to cost me nearly 2000 pounds in parts and labour. You will have to pay for something sooner or later when you run a van. Of course, things help if it is right when you buy it.
  7. CONNED BY A VAN DEALER

    It doesn't sound quite as bad as it did in the first place. It does sound that you are in the market for older vans though. Just try not to get a van that has been couriered, unless it is cheap and you are prepared to put a new engine in. My van has been in the garage this week, it is going to cost me nearly 2000 pounds in parts and labour. You will have to pay for something sooner or later when you run a van. Of course, things help if it is right when you buy it.
  8. CONNED BY A VAN DEALER

    It's a funny thing, second hand vans. What sort of money did you pay for the van and how much will it cost to put it right ? I used to buy my vans from a dealer who was quite cheap but the vans were sold as seen. Years ago, I bought a van from this dealer for 3500 pounds. in three months I had spent another 3500 pounds on faults to repair it. I tend to buy lower milage vans from a dealer now that sells newer vans. Of course, the problem with this is that the vans cost me more money but it is worth it in the end. We have all bought a pup at some time. It is very often said that people only sell vehicles on when there is something wrong with them. Advisories are not an MOT failure, but other things may be more worrying. I am a sameday courier by trade and I need reliable vans. Sometimes, when you buy a crap van, you just have to get on with it.
  9. Nursery address

    You're just not trying. If you search Google for Sarracenia Nurseries, it comes up with a link to Facebook, with the postcode etc. You don't need to sign in to Facebook.
  10. CPS newsletter is out

    No problems Richard
  11. Bell Jars

    I've tried and tried and tried, and bloody well tried to grow VFT's in a flat and I can't do it.
  12. CPS newsletter is out

    The new CPS newsletter is out. I have it emailed to an email address which I do not use very often and it was only sheer luck after speaking to a friend that found out that it was out . I do wish that people would tell us when the newsletter is out. Check your spam boxes.
  13. Bell Jars

    Incidently, a good way to make a bell jar is to cut the bottom off of a demijohn. You need to file a line about an inch from the bottom with a file. Tie a string soaked in methylated spirit around the line . Set alight to the string and rotate the jar to get it nice and hot. Then plunge the demijohn into cold water and the line will fracture. Finish off the edges of the cut jar with sandpaper and hey presto, a nice bell jar.
  14. Bell Jars

    You can try growing a VFT in a flat but I can tell you now that it just won't work. They just won't get cold enough during the night and during the winter.
  15. I have tried to grow my venus fly trap seeds several times and and each time they grow mold on them before they even sprout. What is going on? I have good luck with growing most drosera....but dionea is eluding me. Should I apart them with neem so no mold grows?