Berghill


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Posted: 04/05/2016 at 15:54

This is appalling. I cannot see me ever using this site again. Will say goodbye to all my friends on here.

Soil contamination

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 17:56

Where do you get your evidence from that Roundup is toxic? I would dearly love to read it.

As far as I can find out there is no evidence that it contaminates the soil when used properly. It is only where farmers are pouring the stuff on in huge amounts that there seems to be a small problem.

Pesticides are maybe a different matter.

The only thing I would be concerned about is wind drift, if they spray carelessly.

We have used Roundup in this garden for the last 20 years and we are still very much alive and eating the fruit and veg we produce. Not actually on the Veg patch but everywhere else, otherwise we would be drowning in ground elder, brambles, cow parsley, wild carrots and bindweed.

Finding lots of blue and White pottery when I dig....

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 17:02

Well, keep working on it, we reckon we have removed over 40 tons of rubbish like that from this acre of land. And still the moles and badgers turn up more.

Finding lots of blue and White pottery when I dig....

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:46

Certainly common enough in our garden. Up until the late 1960's there was no bin collection here so everything was buried in the garden. I'd bet that despite it being agricultural land there was a farm or house nearby and the contents of the midden were spread across the land.

do plants other than roses get black spot?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 11:23

All plants have their own black spot causing fungus. The pathogen is specific to the particular plant, so Black spot on Roses is only going to affect members of the Rose family and probably only roses in that family.

Any decent Fungicide would help, but as said, airflow is most helpful. Remove any affected leaves and destroy rather than compost, even fallen leaves.

If you want to see really spectacular black spot then look at Sycamore leaves in early autumn!

Primula auricula

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:44

The only problem with a peat based compost is that vine weevils love it more than a non-peat based one, but if that is what you have then use it by all means. Just remember that the food in a mpc is designed to last about 6 weeks and after that you would need to think about feeding.

Do not be in too big a hurry to prick out the babies, unless there is a problem with them. I would be inclined to feed the seed pots to get them bigger before moving them on. Bit worried that you say they have no roots. When I am ready to deal with mine they usually have a good set of roots on them.

How big are your seedlings?

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 20:39

The site does not like big images.

 

Pulsatilla

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 20:34

Check that what you sow are actually viable seeds. There is usually a fair number of unfertilised stuff in each seed head. The viable ones have a 'plump' seed at the tip of the feathery bit whereas the non-viable ones are flat.

Some folks remove the 'tail' when sowing as a precaution against it rotting and damaging the seed. Never bothered myself. Mind these days I just dig up the self sown babies from around the parent plant, much easier that way.

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 17:36

Thought you might like to see last years seedling in flower. Most if not all of these will be discarded as not being sufficiently different nor good enough to keep.



 And this years seed pots!


 Oh and watch out for Vine weevils. They adore Auriculas. I have already discarded a few dozen because they were too far gone to keep with V.W.'s in the compost.

 

Primula auricula

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 09:00

Mine are grown in a mixture of MPC and  about one third of grit. What they need is a well drained compost with a decent amount of food in it. I feed with half strength Tomorite about every two weeks until the flowering season is over, then with a half strength Maxicrop until the beginning of winter.

If yours are just newly potted up seedlings then they will not flower until next Spring. Babies are best fed gently with Maxicrop (or Baby Bio) for the first season.

Keep them moist but not over wet in winter and remove any dead or dying leaves as the season progresses.

This may be useful to you.

http://www.auriculaandprimula.org.uk/wilkin94/auriculas_from_seed.html

 

 

 

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