BobTheGardener


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Planting Blueberry Bushes

Posted: 30/07/2015 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:


 Plums:


 Poms:


 Peppers:


 Pumpkins:


 and, erm.. Plueberries!:


 

wood pidgeons

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 19:04
Rinus K wrote (see)

Maybe you are hanging out the wrong CD's. May I suggest some jazz or even some horrid country and western discs!

   

What about heavy metal music ???? That will scare them away.

 

 

..But might attract the crows!

 http://www.funeralrainrecords.com/?p=476

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 18:55

Making concrete or for horticulture.  You wouldn't want to use it in a sand pit.

Freckles clematis flowering now ??

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 18:53

Mine does the same as nut's!  It can get quite rampant in some areas of my garden and tries to take over an area or produces just a few weak stems in other places - no rhyme nor reason as far as I can see.

Sharp sand

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 18:48

Sharp sand is crushed rock whereas builders sand is rounded due to it being created by the effect of water or (in the case of deserts) wind flow.  Builder's sand is mined but sharp sand is made.  Just some useless information for you!

Help

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 19:59

I've had no problems with the site using IE or Firefox for ages (months) now but I do use adblockers so I very strongly suspect Dove's right about it being dodgy adverts.

For IE, I recommend installing a tracking protection list (TPL) it's just a simple click - advice from Microsoft here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/internet-explorer/use-tracking-protection#ie=ie-11

I use EasyPrivacy TPL.

For Firefox, the best is Adblock Plus, also available for Android:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Same (Adblock plus) for Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-plus/cfhdojbkjhnklbpkdaibdccddilifddb

 

 

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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