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Plant ID please

Posted: Today at 20:39

Thorn apple (Datura stramonium):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_stramonium

 

 

Plant ID please

Posted: Today at 19:54

Yes, it's aconitum and yes it is poisonous but so are most plants grown in gardens so that is no reason not to grow such a beautiful plant.

Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: Today at 09:44

Bear in mind that the seeds stay viable for decades so if you ever decide to use that border for something else you will be plagued by it forever.  I am still removing seedlings after about 30 years and I always dig up new seedlings before they flower.

Not a fan!

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: Yesterday at 19:33

Yep, you can plant potted bushes at any time.  Keep them well watered as blueberries should never be allowed to dry out and it can take some time for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil after being in a pot.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: Yesterday at 19:22

Fingers crossed on the pH testing results.   If it is only slightly acidic you can add a lot of ericaceous compost to lower the pH but soil will always revert to it's natural pH over time so you will have to mulch with more ericaeous compost each year.  If your soil is alkaline then that method won't work well and you would be best to use containers.  The bushes need a lot of nitrogen at the beginning of their life to promote strong new growth and then you can use a liquid ericaceous plant food later to help produce good crops.

Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: Yesterday at 19:03

I grow all of mine in large containers in a mix which includes ericaceous compost gryphon as they require acid soil and mine is neutral.  If you do have acid soil (pH 4.5 is ideal) then they need good drainage and a lot of organic material.  What kind of soil do you have?

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:04
hogweed wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Sharp sand is just sharp sand, no salt. That's not the same as builder's sand which is soft sand (rounded grains) you can feel the difference between the two.

 

Perhaps I wasn't clear. I know the difference between sharp sand and soft sand but what is the difference between builders sharp sand and horticultural sharp sand? I thought it was the salt content.

I used to think that Hogweed but have never found any salty sharp sand (yes, I have tasted it!) and have been using sharp sand from builder's merchants for decades.  I suspect that salt would also affect the ability for concrete to set which is why it doesn't have any.  Might be a myth?

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:33

Snap as usual, Dove!

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:32

Same here Chris.  In fact, clay soil is one of the best there is as it contains masses of nutrients.  The issues people have are caused by poor drainage or it going as hard as rock when dried out.  However, adding lots of organic matter solves both issues and creates an 'improved' clay soil which is fantastic stuff. 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:22

Some P's for you all:

Peaches:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86103.jpg?width=304&height=350&mode=max

 Plums:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86104.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Poms:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86105.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Peppers:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86106.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Pumpkins:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86107.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 and, erm.. Plueberries!:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/86108.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

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Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Drought

No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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