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How can I make ericaceous compost more solid?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 22:46

Ericaceous compost is usually very high in peat. Peat holds water you simply can't harden it up. If you mix it thoroughly with garden soil  you shouldn't have a problem.

Problems will arise if you put too much compost in. Then it will be as you have described. You only need to put pure compost into containers not in the ground. Anyway it's wasteful as the subsoil probably won't have a high acid content anyway. Your'e better off feeding acid lovers with suitable feeds and top dressing with the compost.

From your description I think you've over done the compost.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:32

Do it now Emma, there is still time for it to recover, I'd take a few cuttings as well, they root very easily, feed and mulch it as well, it will be fine. They are fairly tough although not very long lived, about 8 - 10 years is average.

A few random questions...

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:15

Tootles, your climber doesn't need pruning in it's first year. Mdme Alfred Carrie is a rampant climber growing to 20ft or more. The most important thing you can do is wait for winter and create a frame for it with wire's Mine has a 5 metre wide climbing frame behind it and wires every 2 ft. Training it onto those wires will give you the best display in subsequent years. 

This link to you tube is a great lesson for those who are learning. If you follow it you'll get it right first time.

After doing the training, usually in early spring, only minor pruning is required afterwards.

Best of luck.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:40

Had a thought bekkie, salvia's or agastache would make good additions doesn't matter what variety they are.

Plant recognition

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 12:21

It's a Salix, could be flamingo but I can't enlarge it enough to see properly. There are several variegated varieties. 

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:41

I've got so much waiting to go in at the moment in sept, I'll have to see, thanks for the offer though. What colour phlox would you like, I have pink, white and a dark pink?

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:33

bekkie, I have some phlox growing in the garden, they are best from root cuttings which you take in the autumn. I'll be doing cuttings then, I can do a few more for you if you want.

Garden Process

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 10:14

Can't agree more dove. Trying to clear a garden in the more inclement months makes the task more arduous than ever. Started now, by the end of september you can look to either plant or have designs well planned. The winter months can be used for plant hunting, tweek's to plans and just watching the conditions change in the garden. Watching your conditions change can be more important than ever in a new garden, as water levels will change and previous thoughts may change radically. Patience, and the winter months give you that opportunity, can be vital, as good planning reduces the probability of costly failures. As Dove says, post some picture's, we all like to see gardens develop, and the free advice you will get here is worth a thousand books.

How to Seed big kelsae Onions

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 09:56

Try this link Chris, it may help. Not a grower of show veg, but there are organisations and groups about who will be able to help.

Plant ID

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:36

It is the potentilla I have it in the garden.

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