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Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:51

Have seen this on a BBC site "shouldn't be grown on freshly manured soil. Instead, dig over and manure the ground several months before planting. If the soil is acid it's worth liming it so its pH level becomes neutral or even slightly alkaline."  So that may answer your question about liming. Make sure manure is well rotted and applied some time before sowing or planting.

Have seen this on another site "Soil needs to be well-drained, loose, and rich in nitrogen; compact soil affects bulb development.

Till in aged manure or fertilizer the fall before planting. Onions are heavy feeders and need constant nourishment to produce big bulbs."

Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:40

I think a lot can depend on the weather. I live in Dordogne where it can be very hot in summer. However, I always manure the site in autumn and fertilise with organic granules when I prepare for planting. I rotovate the soil too, so that it is quite crumbly, my soil was clay but is much better now after years of manure. I know some on this site don't agree with rotovating, but my plot is big and it works well for me. I also water well in the growing period. My onions are big.

I had a friend who grew onions for shows in the UK and she used amazing amounts of fertiliser and water. I think if your plot is sloping with sandy free draining soil then there just aren't enough nutrients left in it. I know brassicas like firm soil, but I didn't think onions did.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:31

I've never paint when cutting off suckers, but I usually cut them off in summer. They can be a nuisance and pop up some way from the trunk on shallow roots, but then my trees are all quite old now.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:27

Gosh, looks more like autumn than winter!

Lavender cuttings

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:25

Nothing venture, nothing gain, though I've never done it in the middle of winter! You'll just waste some potting compost if it doesn't work, but it can be put on a flower bed.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:10

It was -8° and white with frost this morning, hope it defrosts enough to find flowers this afternoon, but not expecting much.

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:08

Good morning, Marion, and Happy New Year. I, too, am looking forward to your new gardening year.

Wow 13°! It was -8° in my spot in Dordogne this morning and forecast is for +2° this afternoon.

Summer flowering shrubs for shade

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:04

Is it in full, partial or dappled shade? I have a golden Philadelphus in total shade. These shrubs will be OK with some shade - Hypericum Calycinum, Hydrangeas, Pyracantha, Fuschia Ricartonii, Abelia Grandiflora. There is more choice, I think of spring flowering shrubs.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:42

Morning all. Hello Stacey. Hello Tracey, Orchid Lady, now with a yellow dress. But I'll look silly if I've got it wrong!  Did you have a good Christmas, how is the business doing?

-8° again this morning - did you say +9° KEF???  Will do the flower count if the garden defrosts. All white at the moment. 

Happy new Year

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:35

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Happy New Year

 

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