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Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:25

 Not a big deal really, but I do appreciate honesty and I would like him to be more open about who actually does the nuts & bolts gardening at Longmeadow.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:52

"Although there are several types in there chemical form"......I wouldn't believe I penned that...so sorry! 

Gardeners World 2014 BBC2

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:23

Tonight, Monty gives every reason under the sun to explain the demise of his beloved box hedging. The fact remains that it has been a disaster area ever since the program was first broadcast from Longmeadow two years ago.......The reason - he confessed to stupidly cutting it back hard in October.

That's when you invited in box blight, Mr Don!

Top Dressings

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:05

Gary, I would just say that business people starting threads and posting links advertising their business are often treated with some suspicion.

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:47
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Summer 2013.

 

 

 

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:41

As promised, I’m starting this thread to compliment Mike’s excellent ‘The mystery of pH’ thread. I’ll keep it as simple as possible, otherwise it with develop into a chemistry class.

 Basically NPK is:  N=nitrogen P=phosphorous and K=potash, the three main food elements necessary for plant life. Nitrogen is required for foliage growth, phosphorous for root growth and potash for growth of flowers and fruit.

 These elements can be applied in chemical or organic form…..the latter being preferred by most gardeners and the former mainly used by commercial growers.

 Although there are several types in there chemical form, the most common available to us gardeners being, Sulphate of Ammonia = N (nitrogen) Superphosphates = P (phosphorus) and Sulphate of Potash = K (potash)

 For an example, blood, fish & bonemeal  (a favorite amongst gardeners) offers these properties.  

 Dried blood is a slaughter house by-product and is an excellent source of quickly available organic nitrogen, when used as a top dressing or watered in. Dried blood completely soluble and can be mixed with water and used as a liquid fertilizer.

 Fish meal is a great natural fertilizer, high in phosphorous and high in organic nitrogen. Fish meal is quick acting, offering a sustained supply of nutrients.

Bone meal is used as a long-lasting source of phosphorous as well as low levels of nitrogen, potassium and calcium. The extremely slow availability of nutrients from bone meal makes it a very safe fertilizer, especially when planting of potting very young or new plants.

 

 

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:01

Okay....will do that later.

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:43

I wouldn't mind starting a similar thread about NPK, if there was any interest.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:48
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 ....further to my previous post, I'm posting this pic to show how the pinching-out process has encouraged new shoots to grow from the base, thus bushier plants.

PS. Two plants in the pot and the new shoots are the paler green ones either side.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:25

Morning, Tracy & Louise.

Louise - Tracy is quite right, I posted pictures of the nipping-out process on page 24 of this thread.

Please don't worry about me having to repeat myself.....it really doesn't bother me.

Book/leaflet, not sure about that.....there people in the sweet pea growing fraternity far more able & qualified than me.

 

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