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Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:59

Living in the south of England and receiving a fair amount of sun (usually) I've found that using water retaining crystals has made a huge , meaning that I water a lot less than before.Most of my plants are in containers. 

I prepare the compost by filling one of the large trugs( that seem to be everywhere these days) up to three quarter level with compost, mix in the crystals as stated on the packet then add lots of water, leave overnight to be absorbed. The next day I give it all a good stir round, add slow release fertiliser pellets, another good stir and then start potting up containers and baskets. Thinking ahead makes this an easy task, makes for plenty of compost on hand and avoids the overspill/ gel globule problem

Acer Palmatum - what size container

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:45

My acers do very well in pots with a mix of ericaceous and multi purpose soil. I know the advice is to use rainwater and I do make an effort with young plants but the established ones only get tap water and it all seems to work !. We live in a hard water area. I do find though that most damage is caused by cold winds.

Talkback: How to make willow plant supports

Posted: 29/03/2012 at 12:40
You can buy willow withies from based in Somerset. I managed to buy half a bundle and after several projects there is still plenty left.

The willow is much easier to manipulate if it is soaked overnight in a bath or pond.
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