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2 x Doff® Hormone Rooting Powder 75g - Help New Roots On Cuttings and Promotes Strong Healthy Roots
2 x Doff® Hormone Rooting Powder 75g - Help New Roots On Cuttings and Promotes Strong Healthy Roots
Offered by CutPriceDirect
Price: £6.03

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning - this is NO longer a HORMONE rooting powder! It's seaweed extract!!, 31 May 2016
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Despite the description and the photos of the Doff product with the black label (see attached photo) I actually received 2 pots of "Natural Rooting Powder" with a green / blue label!

Somewhat confused, I called Doff to check that they still make the former and was surprised to be told that the EU licence to use 1-napthylacetic acid for this purpose had expired, and therefore Hormone rooting products stopped being manufactured (by all makers) last year and technically should no longer be available to buy,

The natural rooting powder contains seaweed, which the nice lady at Doff that I spoke to explained was a plant tonic and proven to assist rooting, but she conceded that it was not as effective as the earlier "hormone" product, which is now difficult to source.

So thanks again to the EU, our gardening lives have been made more difficult!!
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Esschert Design WA08 15 x 29 x 17cm Wood Bumble Bee House - Natural
Esschert Design WA08 15 x 29 x 17cm Wood Bumble Bee House - Natural
Offered by MMP Living
Price: £14.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prepare yourself for a spot of minor DIY.....!, 19 April 2016
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This is considerably cheaper than any other bumble bee nest available to purchase and, to be honest, this is seriously reflected in the construction quality! If you don't mind a bit of a DIY fix up job, then this is an OK purchase which after some TLC should work fine. On receipt however, it has several issues....

1) The base on mine was warped along the length of the nest, so there were 3-5mm gaps between the base and walls at either end. Easily fixed with some wood glue and a few small screws (or nails). If you use screws, suggest you pre-drill the holes to avoid the wood splitting (it isn't very thick)

2) The roof is very poorly fitting - with large gaps (> 5mm) between the roof and nest body pretty much most of the way around. I sorted this with some self-adhesive strip draft excluder (like you'd use to insulate a window) and it seems fine.

3) There are small air holes in the right hand wall and on the inside the manufacturer has stapled a fine mesh over these, presumably to stop ants or other crawling insects gaining access. What a joke! The mesh wasn't flush to the wall (cause it only has a couple of staples in the centre) so any insect could easily crawl through and out the other side. Then of course there's the irony of even including this mesh with all the various gaps the nest arrives with! So out came the glue gun and I sealed the mesh down on all four sides.

So, now all in order! Research around bumble bee boxes suggests it needs to be pretty free of draughts / gaps and needs to limit access of pests / predators - it certainly wasn't that on receipt! Looking at the Amazon.com reviews it seems the sloppy construction is fairly universal with this product and most people aren't impressed ... so just be aware before you buy....


SUNMEG A60 - 8W LED Filament Bulb, Household Light Lamp, 750 Lumens, Equivalent to 70w Incandescent Bulbs, 220V - 240V, E27 Base, Warm White ( 2700K ), 360 Degree Beam Angle, Vintage Style Antique Edison Light Bulb
SUNMEG A60 - 8W LED Filament Bulb, Household Light Lamp, 750 Lumens, Equivalent to 70w Incandescent Bulbs, 220V - 240V, E27 Base, Warm White ( 2700K ), 360 Degree Beam Angle, Vintage Style Antique Edison Light Bulb
Offered by JIE JIA Technology
Price: £14.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Good warm light, but may cast shadows on nearby surfaces......., 12 Feb. 2016
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So overall I do like these bulbs... they give out a reasonable amount of nice warm light and are the highest rated LED filament bulb I could find in terms of light output (9W, equivlent to 70-75W or 1100 lumens) as of Feb 16. To my eyes they do appear significantly brighter than a 60W incandescent bulb.

I bought four specifically to use in outdoor lighting bulkheads with PIRs. I originally wanted something more akin to 100W and so tried to use a standard LED bulb, this one infact (Philips 230 V E27 Edison Screw 13.5 W LED Light Bulb - Warm White Frosted), BUT the beam angle is 200 degrees so, as the bulb is mounted horizontally in the fitting, the light was fully projected just out of one side and looked daft. These Standard LEDs bulbs would be fine if hanging down in a ceiling light or directed up in an uplighter I suppose.

So, one of the benefits of these LED filament bulbs over "standard" LED bulbs is that they have a 360 degree beam angle, like an incandescent bulb. They also appear very like an incandescent bulb and would look pretty attractive in an older style light fitting which, judging by the reviews online, seems to be why many people buy them.

One downside is that you can't seem to buy LED filament bulbs with an incandescent equivalent of more than 70-75W, (this Sunmeg bulb being the brightest I could find after some researching, supposedly outputting some 1100 lumen), whereas the standard LED's like the Philips give an impressive 1521 lumen + or 100W equivalent. Horses for course I guess.

Other observations re: this bulb - the LED chips inside the bulb are NOT arranged in the same configuration as the picture on the Amazon website. You might not care about this, but there are articles online that explain that where the filaments are criss-crossed (as per the Amazon picture) they give a more even output, but where they are simply vertical they tend to cast shadows on any nearby walls. The 4 bulbs supplied all had vertically mounted chips - see pictures - and do indeed cast shadowy lines IF the lamp is close to wall or other surface (I tested them on an indoor free standing lamp before putting them outside.) This isn't an issue for me as the bulkheads are frosted, but this might be an issue for some?

Finally, a minor point, but the designation of the item is A60 and there's a sticker on the box staying A60, but the box itself has A19 printed on it (again see pics), which is a bit confusing and initially I thought I might have been sent the wrong product. Looking at Amazon.com (US), which seems to stock more of this brand, it seems this happens regularly with Sunmeg products and the printed numbers on the boxes don't always match the bulb number - seems madness to me but there you are.

Overall, I'd give this 4 stars - "I like it" - and only knocked a star off as it wasn't as per the Amazon pic and the potential issues around "shadowing".
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Auraglow 10W LED Low Energy Motion Activated PIR Sensor Security Floodlight Outdoor Wall Light - 150w EQV
Auraglow 10W LED Low Energy Motion Activated PIR Sensor Security Floodlight Outdoor Wall Light - 150w EQV
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: £49.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Died after about 20 months use..... Disappointing...., 12 Feb. 2016
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Purchased April 2014. Stopped working just before Xmas 2015. Took it down to replace it today (Feb 16) and the PIR unit was full of water - it literally was running around inside the sensor - and the function switch on top of the unit had gone rusty. This light may be ok in protected environments but it clearly isn't up to being exposed fully to the elements. Pretty disappointing really..... £25 for under 2 years use is not a good investment...... Clearly they need to improve the design and / or quality of manufacture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another example of a cheaply made Chinese COUNTERFEIT / FAKE product....., 16 Jan. 2016
YIFAN HOUSEHOLD (previously named YIFAN TOYS, the sole "market place" vendor of this item) is based in Hong Kong and is a vendor of COUNTERFEIT GOODS.

This is basically a fake / copy of True Utility TU247 KeyTool.... but be careful, there are also Chinese vendors selling this item too (including YIFAN) but are supplying the same cheap tat rather than the genuine quality True Utility product.

If you want the genuine article, I'd recommend buying the above linked item and only through Amazon (not a Chinese marketplace vendor)....

If you read my review on the above link (which has pictures and full details) you'll understand why I am suggesting this to you.....


Wildlife World Urban Solitary Bee Nester
Wildlife World Urban Solitary Bee Nester
Offered by Dillandmint
Price: £23.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to a garden already full of solitary bee nests (and bees!), 13 Jan. 2016
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I'm a bit of a solitary bee fan and have a dozen bee nesting boxes in my garden now, all are used to a greater or lesser extent by the bees in late spring / early summer. At the peak of activity, the bees can be a bit frantic and give the impression of swarming, but solitary bees really are harmless little creatures which by definition don't swarm and are absolutely fascinating to watch.

I have two boxes on the main path into my garden and when they are really "going for it" there are literally dozens of bees buzzing round the boxes at any one time, but they are never aggressive and I've never been stung. In fact, the real downside to that particular location is that they fall to the floor when mating and so I have to be careful not to step on any mid-"woo-hoo" - which would be very sad :(

I put my first box up 4 years ago and have had to add more boxes year on year as the population grows and it becomes obvious they've run out of places to nest. I've noticed (as have my two neighbours, who have also now put up bee boxes!) a significant increase in the crop of apples and other fruit in our gardens too - the bees usually being most active whilst the fruit trees are in full flower.

This may be one of the last nests I buy though - I can't go on adding nest boxes forever! This does mean the population overspill from my garden that can't find a "home" will look further afield, which is quite satisfying in itself with all the recent news about the declining bee population.

So I'm very pleased with this latest (and probably last) addition - it will certainly be a welcome home for the bees this spring / summer.

From the experience of the boxes I have, all of which are either the drilled wood type or made from bamboo canes, I find that solitary bees can be quite picky in terms of their preferred nest. Masonry bees seem to prefer the drilled hole type (as long as the holes are cleanly drilled and free from sawdust), but the leaf cutters tend to mainly use the bamboo canes type. This could just be because the masonry bees fill their nests slightly earlier in the season though and the leafcutters miss out!

This is the first nest I have with a mixed habitat (holes and canes), so it will be interesting to see which species fills this first.

In terms of construction, the drill holes are about 8mm diameter which is perfect for many solitary bee species in the UK. The bamboo canes are a mix of sizes, most are less than 10mm and there are none larger than that, which can be a real problem with some solitary bee nests available currently (e.g. Chapelwood Bee Box. Some use really large bamboo canes which the bees just ignore, though some of the leaf cutters do try to use them (10 out of 10 for effort).

The design of this "Urban" box is interesting - the outer shell is made of a molded plastic open faced cube, made to looks like it's made from clay or a similar material. The nesting area is a wooden box which can be removed separately and effectively just sits inside the plastic shell. The manufacturer is obviously confident of the quality of manufacture as the box comes with a 10 year guarantee (which is a first for any bee box I've bought). The plastic shell has a drainage hole in it so that any rain that it caught inside can run away.

In terms of criticism, I have only two and neither are significant. Firstly, the price of this item is a little steep considering it's construction, but I was prepared to pay a little more just to have a box with a different / contemporary look. Secondly, the outer face of the wooden box when inside the shell is recessed by just 15mm, which isn't much and might limit the protection afforded to the nest itself, which could influence your choice of box location. The one thing that is detrimental to the eggs of solitary bees is getting wet, especially over the cold winter months. It is sometimes difficult to find a south(-ish) facing location which gets lots of sun but which is also protected from the rain. Many boxes have a quite significant lip or roof on them to help keep rain out. I'm lucky as I live in a bungalow and so most of the boxes are naturally protected by the eaves of the roof, but might otherwise be concerned about rain with this particular design. Of course, many people put their bee boxes in a shed or garage for the winter months which is another option.

So.... it's just a question of how quickly they fill this up. I'll post some pics in summer! Hope this helps!


Aroma Home Owl Knitted Drawer Fresheners
Aroma Home Owl Knitted Drawer Fresheners
Price: £10.43

4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise hit present at Christmas ... who'd have thought it?!?, 13 Jan. 2016
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Purchased as a crimbo present for Mum - she's really into owls, always has been. Despite this being a "tree present", she was more made up with this pair of owls than most of her other presents! The lavender fragrance from the little owls is really fresh / pleasant, but not overpowering, and it's a plus that these can be used hung in a wardrobe or placed in a drawer. Mum was certainly very pleased with these two.... she even gave them names?!? Time will tell as to how long they last - I couldn't see any obvious way to replace the lavender when the smell dissipates, but reckon it should be easy enough to open / replace or maybe just use lavender oil?!?


Homasy 22W Mini Portable Whisper-Quiet Air Dehumidifier with Auto Shut-off Fuction for Damp Mould, Moisture in Home, Kitchen, Bedroom, Caravan, Office, Garage
Homasy 22W Mini Portable Whisper-Quiet Air Dehumidifier with Auto Shut-off Fuction for Damp Mould, Moisture in Home, Kitchen, Bedroom, Caravan, Office, Garage
Offered by VICTECH
Price: £37.99

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this but .........(** WARNING - Adapter plug can get VERY HOT during continuous use! **), 29 Dec. 2015
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Well, all in all, this little dehumidifier is a bit of a disappointment. I had really high hopes for it too. Unlike several of the reviews here, I WASN'T given this free for an "honest" review, I paid for mine and this review is from several days of use.

I bought this at the same time as an Ecoair ECO DD122 Desiccant Simple Dehumidifier - White (EcoAir ECO DD122 Desiccant Simple Dehumidifier - White, (the actual unit received was a DD1 Simple - seems Ecoair have revised their model numbers, but it is the same device).

Ultimately I had the intention of using the Ecoair in the bedroom and this little Homasy dehumidifier in our office, both of which rooms collect a bit of moisture.

Out of curiosity, and perhaps a little unfairly, I put both units in the bedroom which has the worst moisture problem. Over 48hrs, even on the lower / Economy setting, I've emptied the Ecoair four times - that's 8 litres (4 x 2 litre capacity) of excess water. However, this little Homasy unit managed to collect less than a few cm of water in the bottom of it's collection unit over the same period, about 100ml.

The Ecoair has a published extraction rate of up to 7 litres per day on Max setting, and achieved 4 litres a day = 57% of the published extraction rate, on the lower setting - I am impressed! The Homasy unit is supposed to extract "up to 300ml per day", but I only got out around 100ml over two days, or 50ml in 24hrs, or just 16% of the published extraction rate. Not good!

I think this sums up the limitations of these "Peltier" dehumidifiers - their performance is pretty poor when compared with larger desiccator or compressor / refrigerant dehumidifiers.

The noise is an issue some have mentioned - and whilst this unit is quiet, there is still a noticeable "whining" fan noise, the pitch of which (something akin to a fly buzzing around the room) I actually found more annoying than the louder but lower toned breeze noise from the Ecoair.

Finally, and this is where I did feel the Homasy unit fell short, the power adapter that comes with the dehumidifier runs VERY HOT during continuous use - so much so that it was almost too hot to touch - which can't be good or safe! I am prepared to accept that I may have received a faulty adapter though...

So.....

Pro's:

Attractive unit
Auto shut off
Cheap to run / Low energy usage 22W

Con's:

Pitiful extraction rate, even in a high RH environment. Published rates are low anyway, and the observed extraction failed to come anywhere close to the published rates!
Slightly annoying (but reasonably quiet) "whining" fan noise
Adapter plug gets VERY HOT during continuous use

So, I can see this may be useful in small spaces / rooms with low grade humidity / moisture problems, and it is very cheap to run (certainly compared to the Ecoair unit - 22W vs 360W at the lower setting), but the real life results of a direct comparison show that it isn't efficient enough to deal with any kind of significant moisture problem. That's probably more of an issue with the technology employed in this unit, rather than the unit or manufacturer.

So overall I didn't love it :(

I am returning mine due to the adapter issues (I genuinely think it's not safe). I didn't have the option of a replacement (only a refund) and so I'll never know if I was just unlucky.....
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Royal Canin Cat Food Sensible 33 Dry Mix 4kg
Royal Canin Cat Food Sensible 33 Dry Mix 4kg
Price: £21.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The preferred dry food in my house of 3 cats......!, 23 Dec. 2015
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My furballs prefer this over any other dry food I offer them ...... they only need to hear the bag rustle and they're ready to chow down... plus it has prebiotics (FOS) in it, all good for my feline friends digestive system - can't recommend highly enough!


Finest-Filters 5 x Compatible Biorb Filter Set / Service Kit
Finest-Filters 5 x Compatible Biorb Filter Set / Service Kit
Offered by Finest Filters
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Save £20+ for no effort at all - excellent!, 23 Dec. 2015
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I love Bio-orb products in all respects, except their price! Bio-orb replacement filters are generally £7 each, so £35 for 5. Buying this kit effectively saves you £24 (current price £11) and does exactly the same job, as long as you hold onto your old filter cartridge. Yes, it's a bit fiddly to change the media in the old filter, but well worth it. I'd recommend sterilizing the old plastic filter cartridge between uses too. Really, you can't go wrong with these - I've just bought my third set.


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