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Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 13:18

Joyce, blueberries require a very low pH - around 4.5.  Sulphur may work, but all soil will eventually return to its natural acidity level.  They grow wonderfully well in large pots, so if you have room inside your cage, I would recommend you grow them in ericaceous compost in large pots rather than trying to change the acidity level of your garden soil.  You could bury the pots if necessary.

Top Tom Tip

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:42

That's interesting David and, as I have rather more seedlings than I need, will try that this very afternoon! 

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:39

They would be fine in pots for a while Gilly, or even in a temporary trench somewhere out of the way..  The weed membrane might work, but raspberry shoots are very strong and will probably penetrate it!  Raspberry roots tend to run in straight lines with new canes appearing every foot or two.  I had one which ran under a 20ft wide lawn and appeared in the flower bed on the other side.  The mowing must have kept the canes from appearing in the lawn, as I went on holiday and came back to find a row of young canes across it!

Temporary screening

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:31

Can you post a photo as it's very difficult to assess the situation?

Without that, and guessing that you mean privacy from inside your house, my advice would be to plant something a bit nearer to you in the same direction as the gap as seen from the problem window.  If you plant something too near the gap, it may restrict the light to the new privet plants and they would take longer to grow.  Perhaps a piece of trellis or an obelisk with a clematis growing up it.  If you choose a Group 3 clematis like Hagley Hybrid and get one in a 3 litre pot, it will romp away and be 6ft high in a couple of months.  If you want instant, then maybe a large pot of bamboo (and I would keep it in the pot as many are invasive.)

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 12:17

No, but they will probably come up through the gaps between your slabs.  I would dig that section of root out and re-plant it before laying the slabs, if you have the space for more canes.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 18:53

Got the cucumber, melon, squash and pumpkin seeds sown (45 in total) and a few more trays of various flowers, mostly perennials.  Soil in the rasied beds (for carrots and parsnips) prepared.  Noticed about half the tomato seeds have germinated, some of them from 10 year old packets I found when having a clear-out!  Definitely going to have space problems soon..

Rat problem

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 11:46

There is never only one rat Kate.  The gestation period is 3 weeks and they have on average 7 offspring, each of which is sexually mature in another 5 weeks..

Plant ID Please

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 11:35

If you are going to dig over any areas where either of these are, they will spread like mad.  The celendine propagates itself by both seed and it's main method, hundreds of tiny bulblets (bulbils) each about 3mm.  The the top growth dies down completely after it finishes flowering.  The cuckoo pint does similar but the bulbs are larger and irregularly shaped.  If you don't disturb the ground where they are they tend to only spread slowly and it will be several years before a colony grows to a couple of square feet.  I have more of a love-hate relationship with them - I love them where I want them but hate them everywhere else (like where the cuckoo pint has invaded the roots of a tree peony!)  Just be careful to note the areas where they are if you are doing any planting!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 20:33

Got my spuds planted, shredded a coppiced hazel and a huge pile of other stuff.  Found homes for the 2 globe artichokes.  Had a rest and felt really hungry so was looking forward to my dinner when the power went off at 6.30pm!  Rang the electricity supplier and they estimated that it would be restored at 10.30pm..

As I'm all electric that meant cold food so I rigged-up a battery powered light in the now dark kitchen so we could make sandwiches and, just as I finished spreading the butter and laying on the filling, the power came back on!

Clearly, I have no choice but to eat the sandwiches AND my dinner!

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