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Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:55

Well---- have now carried out my soil test & to my surprise have discovered that whole of veg plot is 7.0-7.2  ie neutral & not alkaline as I'd thought----I tested 4 different parts of plot. So having read earlier advice to me re blueberries & raspberries, I'm thinking that I need to make the soil round the raspberries more acidic by adding fish blood & bone plus a mulch of multi purpose compost; & to grow my blueberries in separate pots with ericaceous compost---then I'll have cracked it!!!! Roll on summer!!!!!


And yes Forester2 I did only prune the brown canes that had fruited---thanks for concern!


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 16:02

Wow 500 snowdrops---you really are ambitious. I'm sure they'll be fine---enjoy & get better soon.


Posted: 31/01/2014 at 16:00

many thanks guys for the above information--will now get on to my soil test asap.


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:52

I divided mine last year when 'in the green' & am pleased to  ote this week that they're popping up everywhere---front garden which gets morning sun & in my woodland path area which gets dappled shade. I'd keep them out of the lawn for same reasons as above folk have said. Good luck.

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:48

I've also used a 'liquid' to water the area round the seedlings & that was quite successful. Also tried using small pieces of gravel as well as broken egg shells.

Its an ongoing battle---almost as bad as the cat poo!!!!!!!


Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:45

After all the helpful advice re successfully growing blueberries I'm now asking for help with my raspberries.

I have a chalky soil [but as yet haven't carried out a ph test altho' have just bought a test kit] & have grown a few raspberry canes for 2/3 years. They are in a sunny site, by a fence & seem to be growing quite happily but produce little fruit. I'm lucky if I get a cereal bowl full. I think they're summer fruiting & have pruned them annually after fruiting.

Would really be grateful for any advice suggesting ways in which I can increaase my crop.


Many thanks in hopeful anticipation. 


Posted: 24/01/2014 at 16:52

All the above is really useful--many thanks to everyone. Interesting about the raspberries as they aren't in actual fact producing  good crops. I've always presumed the soil is alkaline as I have lots of chalk around; but have never carried out a PH test. Certainly will do as it may explain reason for other failures.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 18:46

We're very keen on eating blueberries & are thinking of planting a few bushes near our raspberry canes. Are there any tips that readers can give me on the easiness of growing/type of crop/any special conditions needed?


Many thanks in advance.


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 16:35

Al my problems seem to e about the same issue---ie not flowering---this year I started a dahlia patch from some tubers bought on the cheap.

To my surprise they started shooting & are now fine healthy plants flowering a variety of colours---however I do notice that some buds fail to open & seem to go rotten instead of flowering---why is this???

Talkback: How to take lavender cuttings

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 16:25
I actually tried this last year but didnt use a rooting hormone---following Monty's tips---& I now have 4 little plants growing happily in the garden AND flowering; hopefully they'll grow larger over time.
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