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Manure-Lime-BFB-Gypsum-Green manure

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:02

BFB lasts about 6 months.  Sprinkle some every year in spring and again in late summer.  Lime is added when needed to correct acidity but on a veg plot on naturally acidic soil is usually repeated every 3 years precisely following crop rotation so that brassicas are grown in the freshly limed ground.  Gypsum can be used to help break down clay so is a one-off treatment.  Any type of manure should be replenished as a mulch once a year (usually in late autumn) and doing this will gradually improve soil structure.

mandarin tree

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 12:50

Not really but citrus trees are a bit fussy and sometimes drop leaves when they have a bit of a shock such as when being repotted or moved.  They also don't like being over-watered so don't water until the top of the compost is dry.  Once settled in they normally regrow any lost leaves.  Some good tips here:


tomato woes

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:47

Did you use a different compost, perhaps one which was much richer than usual?  Too much food before flowering is often the reason for this type of growth.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 19:36
LesleyK wrote (see)

Wait till Fairy gets you Bob.  Run now


symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:45
Gertie grass wrote (see)

Which is Doves' spanky one????!!

It's an animated gif DoveFromAbove sometimes uploads, like this one I might use if Fairygirl is ever naughty:

(But she won't be as she is very well behaved!)

Sideshow Bob

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:40

Is it a houseplant B3?  If so, likely Boston fern and they are runners which would take root in it's natural environment (South American jungles.)

Butternut squash- but no sign of fruit

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:22

Mine aren't doing brilliantly this year either.  Most of them only have one or two fruits.

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 18:10
carol wood wrote (see)

Is it bindweed ?

That would be my guess too.  If so, you'll need to let it grow so that it has plenty of leaves, spray those leaves with a systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate and then wait until it dies down, giving time for the weedkiller to travel down to the roots.  It's a pernicious weed and some will still grow back which you will have to treat the same way.

Fingers crossed that it isn't bindweed as you'll have a battle on your hands if it is. If positively identified as this, avoid rotovating at all costs as every little piece will grow into a new plant.

Edit: just seen your photo after I posted.  Not bindweed thankfully!  Might be daylilies which can be invasive.

symbols for emotions

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 16:05

Yes, they have multiple interpretations depending on which forums you've used before.  Different folk can use them differently so the real answer is: "it depends!"


Posted: 27/08/2015 at 15:14

Hi Sue and welcome!  Mushrooms/toadstools break down woody matter and are nothing to worry about.  I wouldn't recommend eating them unless you are 100% sure of identification but they won't poison the soil or any crops which you grow; very few mushrooms are deadly poisonous but many will give you an upset stomach.  In fact, without fungi we would all be several metres deep in dead leaves and twigs as fungi break most of these down and return the goodness to the soil for plants to re-use.

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