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Last post 07-04-2015 9:07 AM by Backache. 46 replies.

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  • 08/03/2015 07:17 AM
    • poppikin
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    My new 10Kg tub of Vitax Q4 has red flecks rather than blue or white. (Well it would, wouldn't it).

    The lid on my tub, which I think is the same as Kaydee's, will not stay closed.

    Shouldn't it stay sealed?

    poppikin

     

  • 08/03/2015 11:59 AM
    • kaydee
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    Yes! it should seal as normal. Mine is very stiff certainly. K

  • 09/03/2015 01:30 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks Kaydee

    On mine there was a tab to be broken off and then the lid opened but it will not close again. The lid will not stay down.

    I don't know what to do really.

    The Q4 has to be kept dry doesn't it?

    poppikin

  • 09/03/2015 11:07 AM
    • kaydee
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    If you can find a big poly bag to empty the power into & then clip the top to seal it then put the whole bagful back in the tub so you know what it is & keep the information. Doesn't matter too much then if the lid is loose. That works. I've done it a few times with various powder stuff when the box gets a bit damp. Is the plastic tub in a very cold place? It might be ok when it warms up a bit. K

  • 09/03/2015 11:25 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks Kaydee.

    I had not thought of the poly bag. That is a brilliant idea.

    At the moment the Q4 is in my dining room!

    Have sent you a PM.

    Very many thanks.

    Kindest regards
    poppikin

     

  • 18/03/2015 04:57 AM
    • poppikin
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    I have got another lid Kaydee. Please would you mind telling me if I was doing the right thing?

    It has a tab moulded in the rim of the lid and I thought it was just the case of breaking it out. It came out cleanly but then the lid would not stay shut.

    Thanks
    poppikin

  • 18/03/2015 04:17 PM
    • Backache
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    I seem to recall that I had to apply inwards pressure to the outside of the lid which then made a reassuriuring clicking noise and, as if by magic, the tub was then sealed. But with "retrogressive" improvements that industry uses these days they have probably employed a more complicated solution.

  • 18/03/2015 04:23 PM
    • kaydee
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    Yes, I would tend to agree Backache. The lids do seem a tad bendy & mine needs pressure all round the edge to close. Having said that, Poppikin, if you have the powder in a sealed poly bag it won't be too critical if the tub lid isn't a good fit. K

  • 23/03/2015 10:02 PM
    • kaydee
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    Our village garden centre is now selling wee packets of Q4 for £1.75. Just enough to try out on a couple of shrubs perhaps. By the look of the display they were nearly all sold too.

  • 24/03/2015 04:02 AM
    • poppikin
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    Thanks Kaydee Presumably this is the brown granules? poppikin

  • 24/03/2015 09:39 AM
    • kaydee
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    No! it is the powder.K

  • 24/03/2015 11:15 AM
    • poppikin
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    Oh! They told me they had to produce the brown granules that some people seem not to like because the powder did not supply well in small quantities but could not say the reason why. poppikin

  • 05/04/2015 06:38 PM
    • Backache
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    I purchased a couple of 10 kg tubs of "professional Q4" today from my local prize winning Garden Centre which is able to open on Easter Sunday as they are substantial growers themselves and I have noted that the handle and lids are much improved. Also there is no dominant " fleck" colour. There is blue but also light green. rust and yellow. It looks superb.

  • 05/04/2015 06:54 PM
    • kaydee
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    Are you saying all your Garden Centres are not open on Sundays?

  • 05/04/2015 07:11 PM
    • Backache
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    They can open on most Sunday's but owing to legislation, retail operations in excess of a quite limited level of square footage are prohibited from opening on Easter Sunday. That includes the great majority of Supermarkets, large and small, most shops and the many Garden Centres..The corner shop and "growers" are among a limited list of exceptions. I believe this law was brought in by the John Major government.