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Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:45

Bit prettier than I'd have expected, TBH.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:42
WillDB wrote (see)

Please do!


Okay, here we go:

2 parts by weight Sulphate of Ammonia

3 parts       "          Superphosphates

2 parts      "          Sulphate of Potash

Dose: one teaspoonful per plant every 7/10 days after first truss of flowers have set fruit.

Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:34

Can't stand cheeky kids!!

They're quite scary when you first see them.

Talkback: Chickweed

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:14

 One that visited me last year.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:02
WillDB wrote (see)

Are there any other good free sources of potash? I'm too tight to buy tomato feed. I read that coffee grounds might be OK?


Will, I did devise a tomato fertilizer recipe using straight fertilizers many years ago that worked quite well & very economical.

Could post that recipe if you're interested.  


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:57
Katherine W wrote (see)

I am not sure it does nothing, David... I only use wood ashes to fertilize toms and Lemon trees in summer and they practically flop under the weight of the fruit. Sure it's not a teaspoon that does it, but you don't need massive amounts either.


I agree, Katherine....perhaps I did overstate my case.  Whenever I've used wood ash as a potash source, it's been on open borders and I always thought an application rate of about 1/2lb per square yard to be about right. I will admit it is an excellent soil improver.

Apols for not doing metric.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 11:41

Wonky - Just to clarify where I am with SP scent.

Of course, like everyone I love the smell they bring to a room as cut flowers, but generally speaking, those grown for exhibition (although perfect specimens & stunning to the eye) are often less fragrant.

Maybe worth saying that in a survey carried out a few years ago, sweet peas were voted the nations second favourite flower. after the rose....I love growing both.


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:54

Awwww.....sorry, primrose, I have to tell it how it is. 


Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:45

Not sure if it's always understood that wood-ash contains very little potash and for it to have any significant effect, it would need to be added in quite large amounts to make any difference.....sulphate of potash is far more useful.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:33

Hi, Wonky

Yes, I did know Dove is your ma...I think I acknowledged that in my welcome post when you joined the she's a top mum!   

Love your pink sweet pea.  

Generally the dark coloured  sweet peas have the strongest scent and the best of all  (and still available) is a variety named 'Cupani', named after a Sicilian monk by the name of Cupani who sent the seed of the wild sweet pea to Robert Uvedale of Enfield more than 300 years ago, and from this all our modern varieties are descended.

Sadly, as with many other flowers, hybridisation has resulted in some loss of scent, but most growers will recommend and supply varieties with scent as a priority.

Personally my own preference is for them to look good and scent is a secondary consideration.....this is from a show bench point of view, rather than for cut flowers, of course.  

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