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How would you describe your garden?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:38

Hard work would describe ours. Just under an acre and FULL. The Estate Agent came and values the house for us when we were considering moving, then went round the garden and added £20,000 for the plants.


herbicide concentration?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 21:18

I'll say. Aminotriazole is banned for use anywhere near food crops as it is a known carcinogenic agent.

Atrazine is known to cause Heart problems if it gets into Drinking water.

Get rid safely!

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 11:04

It has indeed been veryinteresting. I think you need to change the way you water and feed with Non-peat. It does not retain moisture anywhere near as well as peat and consequently it loses nutrients much more quickly.

I confess when making up my potting compost for sales plants, I add about a third of peat based stuff to the peat free before adding grit (my stuff is mainly alpines) and then the slow release granules. It seems to work well.

What do you do with Allium Bulbils

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 21:17

The lily is Lilium lanceolatum,used to be L. tigrinum.


weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:49

The only thing I would add is that IF there was any residual weedkiller in the peat free compost then a. There would be screams from the gardeners who suffered and b. from the professional who are being forced into using it by the RHS who insist on it for any plants sold under their aegis.

I have only ever used the one kind and so far I have never seen any problems with my plants growing in it. Indeed I have more trouble with peat based stuff these days, that is full of rubbish and lumps and such like.

What do you do with Allium Bulbils

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:41

Unusual for this type of Allium, but not for the genus as a while. Wait until the flower has finished then collect these bulbils and sow them in ordinary compost and let them grow on. They do not need any heat over winter and should begin to show  about the same time as the large bulbs. They take a few years to reach flowering size.

When To Prune?

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:46

It is for Lilac at least.

weedkiller in peat-free compost??

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 12:40

The only problem I have ever heard of regarding weedkiller, was when Horse manure had been contaminated with Aminopyralid weedkiller. People who had this problem are still suffering from it 4 years later, but that was not in peat free composts.

I use  Vital Earth mainly because it comes from nearby so the road miles are not too bad. Never had any trouble with getting stuff to grow.

I would add that one has to remember that the peat free stuff is made from whatever people put in their green waste bins and that could well include plant material which has been treated with weedkiller. However the manufacturers of this material all claim that the heat and other treatments they give their product remove things like that and any other pathogens. Pity the treatment does not remove Oxalis cornuta seeds though.

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 21:35

I think the worse thing is looking at a Nursery stall at a Plant Hunter's Fair and seeing things on sale for staggering prices, that I have just spent hours digging up and composting since they are such thugs. I mean Sorbaria Sem or Hieracium maculatum or Anemone japonica or Geranium Roxanne and indeed all its brothers and sisters. I could add a few dozen more to the list too.

HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:35

There were three separate ones here when we moved in, right along the line of the main sewer pipe.  We werevery lucky and managed to get rid of them all, even the one which had split the pipe and was busy filling it with root. Another one of those plant at your peril things.

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