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the catalpa will bloom after pollarding-because it is more tender than the species i wait until new growth is evident-however it will be very vulnerable to high winds-in the course of the summer about half of mine is normally blown out but still its splendid
I have just recently caught the gardening bug, after lots of research and reading over the winter it was time to put my new gained knowledge to good practical gardening use, but while at my local garden center looking for various growing mediums including peat i discoverd i could not find any peat and that it was more or less being phased out of composts, i must have been reading old books and using old sites as most of them included peat in there advice, i know the reason why peat is being phased out, but what i dont know is a good alternative..
Sorry, filtering your water will not help as all that does is remove the particulate (bits), not change the pH of the water (its acidity or alkalinity)
Your Blueberries need Rainwater ideally, but of course you know that. More critical is that your Blueberries must not be kept short of water. So compromise time, keep watering your Blueberries until you get some rainwater in your container, but you can acidify your compost by adding flowers of Sulphate at the dose on the packet. I'm in the South East with exactly the same problem. Good luck.