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The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 14:16

Trouble with Asda is that it is now wholly owned by the huge American company, Wallmart - who treat their emplyees and suppliers dreadfully - so they went with Nestle and Dole into my little black book of no-no's.  However, this is not rthe forum for that rant.  Regarding composts, all have been far poorer than of old, some B&Q rather better than some - I got some of last years stuff and that was OK.  Their version of John Innes was OK, but their specialised orchid compost is nothing like any orchod compost I have seen before - just dark dusty stuff, none of the lumps and bumps orchid compost usually has.   For weight in pots and baskets this year I have used JI No1 half half with multi purpose - worked well so far.  Mind, with all the rain we had earlier,  watering ifn the earlier stages was much easier!  Have noticed some lightweight composts about, not tried yet but maybe will for some pots, mixed with loam based - must be better to carry home at any rate. 

Snowdrops in a Lawn

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 14:09

I wouldn't bet on it, but good luck with the trying.  Maybe leave it and all the other flowers alone and have a flower filled lawn?  We leave everything, ( except dandelions) including ranunculus,clover, daisies, vioas, creeping geranium, speedwell  etc. in ours, cut it as usual - not very frequently or dreadfully short - more to do with the poor condition of the soil rather than the flowers - the result is gorgeous.  The poor condition is due to large and very numerous tree roots about which nothing can be done. Everyone loves it.  However, if a green sward is your dream, then just be aware that ranunculus can be the devils own job to get rid of. 


Posted: 16/08/2012 at 16:22

........ was wondering if it was just me, glad to know it sin't - the weather again doubtless!

Mildew on Clematis

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 12:28

Chicken pellets are good for most general fertilising - clematis are one of the few plants for which I buy a specific fetiliser as they are such greedy platns, and need all the grub they can get!  Sometimes I feel like sending out for a 12 inch pizza for them!!   I know what you mean about planting any spare bit of earth with a plant, and later on when your clematis are settled you can plant closer - the roots need to be cool while the head needs to be warm - some people put stones or such over the rooted area for clematis'.  As said earlier, this year has just been a difficult one for many things, mildew included - the bases of the echinops are well covered with it as well.  I shall take some leaves off to get some air in and hope for the best. 

Growing blueberries

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:13

I've grown blueberries on my unsuitable soil for several years - each spring I give them a mulch of ericaceous compost, and make sure I water them with suitable fertilisers.  They give a good big crop every year, so it can be done even if your soil is unsuitable. 

Christopher2, I think you have misread the thread, it is about blueberries not blue poppies - maybe try making a new thread about those glorious plants? 

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:07

... and presumably coo at a safe distance?  

Talkback: Acca sellowiana

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:06

Still haven't - could you post a piccie?

Bean confession

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:05

Yes indeed, I have  planted dahlias as a fence covering instead of the creeper which was very surprised to find itself in the front of the border!  It happens to us all - labels disappear, and we know we will remember which seed went into which tray - not!!

What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:03

Some plant breeders sell plants that either do not have seeds, or from which the seeds will not germinate, so as to keep the plant their property - preventing gardeners from propagating it in that way.  Some very double flowers do not allow bees or other insects to access any nectar they may have - another reason I rarely if ever grow doubled flowers.  

Allergic reaction to garden plant - help ID that plant!

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 17:33

Do be very careful as you remove them - gloves, sleeves, even a face mask if you have to get close, enormous care about the eyes, nose and mouth please.  Wash all the garments you wear to do the job, as soon as you are done, wash your hair too - the sap can get just about anywhere, and as you are one of the allergic ones, no amount of care is too much.  Maybe you could get someone to do it for you?  For those of us who love euphorbias, we are not unaware of the severe problems they can cause for some people.  If you do the job of removal yourself, take an anithistamine before you start.  Choose a cloudy dampish day if you can.  Working in A&E made me  aware just how horrid the reactions can be. 

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