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blueberry and raspberry plant spacing

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 23:16

Hi djjjuk, blueberries must have acid soil, so if you aren't sure what you have, get a soil testing kit (which aren't expensive.)  They a need a pH value between 4 and 5.5.

If your soil pH is higher than 5.5, they won't grow well and will probably die if it is alkali (ie the pH higher than 7.)

Raspberries do like a slightly acid soil but won't grow well at the low pH levels blueberries need so you can't really grow them together.

The alternative is to grow your blueberries in large containers using special ericaceous (acid) compost and they do well when grown like that.  You could probably grow at least 6 large pots of blueberries in that space and plant raspberries in the ground behind the pots so you would get the best of both worlds.

Daffodils

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 22:46

Ryan is right - plant immediately.  Even though it's very late, they won't survive if kept dry until autumn.  If you plant them now the likelihood is that some will flower this year but rather late and the rest will just develop leaves this year but will flower normally from next year onwards.

Another tomato question

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 22:40

If the seeds are actually viable (and they may not be) you'll likely get plants which resemble one or other of the parents, Ivyhouse.  It's unlikely any will come true and be the same as the ones you grew last year.  I wouldn't rely on them as your only crop in case the results are disappointing but it's a fun thing to try.

Chrysanthemums

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:53

Good luck Marilyn - I'd love to see some photo's if it all works out.

Am I a sillee billee?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:51

I'm one - I ordered a 4m walk-in poly tunnel over the weekend to supplement my 10x6 greenhouse and for growing sweet potatoes in.  Unfortunately I now need to move one of my gooseberry bushes to fit it in!  D'oh!  

Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:38

Hi Boingey, I make and use comfrey liquid feed for my tomatoes (in fact for everything which benefits from liquid feeds.)  You do need a bit of room to grow it, but it's easy-peasy.  'Bocking 14' is the one to plant as it won't seed itself everywhere like native comfrey does.  You just fill a bucket with hand crushed comfrey leaves, add water and cover.  After a couple of weeks, remove the rotted leaves and it's ready.  Dilute with water until it looks like weak tea and water away.

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:27

Hi Susan, they should be fine in the ground as vine weevil usually only affects potted plants and are not such a problem for things planted into soil.  I suspect there are natural predators in soil which keep the numbers under control.  It seems to me VWs really like MP compost so I wouldn't use that to mulch the canes after you have planted them.

 

Colder weather is coming!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 21:22

Made it clickable for you Dave:

http://www.ukweatherforecast.co.uk/

I like the zoom-able rain radar - very useful to see what's on the way!  Being an amateur astronomer as well as gardener I use a lot of weather sites and this looks like a good addition.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:34

Hi Zoomer, how exciting!  I think you're doing the right thing by thinking about it and planning before you start - no point in moving lots of heavy things only to have to move them again later!  Once you have a plan I would tackle each section separately, do that section really well and dig out every bit of root.  That way you will quickly start to see results rather than viewing it as one huge pile of work to do every time you think about it.   Using the stones/rocks to help drainage or as a base for a shed seems sensible to me.  For paths I would suggest laying weed membrane first and then covering with bark or whatever else you decide upon.

Rhubarb

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 17:22

Hi Wayne, it's the mild weather - it will slow down when the expected cold spell comes along.  However, if it has been there for many years it would benefit from being divided and now is a good time to do that.  If you want more plants and/or a better crop, there's advice on dividing and forcing it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingrhubarb1.shtml

and here:

https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=544

You wouldn't want to force a newly planted section but would be OK to force an established clump - it just gives you a slightly earlier crop really.

 

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