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Posted: 31/12/2017 at 14:28

Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian. It occurs naturally and has the unusual property of greatly expanding when heated sufficiently. It is however  a non-renewable resource.

What is this plant?

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 12:27

Just about managed to clear one area of it. Only taken 22 years of weed killing.


Posted: 31/12/2017 at 09:07

If the compost is as fine as you say then you would be better adding some larger particles of humus(not the word I am looking for, but my brain is still asleep) rather than grit or perlite or vermiculite. Sounds to me like you may have put it through too fine a riddle.

We grow our tomatoes in unsifted compost from the compost heap. They grow well.


Posted: 30/12/2017 at 20:17

Tomatoes do not need grit in the compost.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 18/12/2017 at 21:13

This is a large area surrounded by fields. When we did a sweep of the garden a few years back we caught over 100 adults. No way of clearing the garden completely. Not found any more larva for a few days, but I will soon have to start going through the plants in the frames. Lot of susceptible things in there. That is over 1,000 plants to unpot and examine.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 09:08

Smokes would not be much use in a poly tunnel in any case, especially as it is wide open at one end. The compost is peat free stuff mixed with sterilised top soil and gritty sharp sand. The pots were all brand new (bought 7,000 of them a couple of years ago.)

No amateur spray will kill adult vine weevils. I dropped one in pure bleach one time, it swam around for 24 hours.

As I said hopefully we will be moving in the new year. I will take my Auriculas as bare unrooted cuttings.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 16/12/2017 at 14:02

Just thrown away 30 or so Primula allionii babies. Not going to grow them after we move, they need a humongous amount of coddling. Not a single weevil grub in any of them. Weird! Yet in the P. sieboldii there were newly hatched ones.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 16/12/2017 at 08:52

They were only in the one S. turkestanica. The S. hians and various other slightly tender ones were clear.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 20:11

Carried on examining other plants in the tunnel. Grubs in Astilbe pumila and tiny newly hatched ones in Salvia turkestanica. Never seen them in Salvias before.

Dianthus, various bulbs, Cyclamen, lots of different Saxifrages all clear for the moment. Will go through them all again before the New Year, just in case.

planting alliums, now or leave until spring

Posted: 15/12/2017 at 13:59

Should be. Just avoid burying the frozen soil when you plant.

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