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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:22

Help, Neatbush, Lorea, Geoff, or anyone else that knows the answer....

How did you upload your photo? I can't find anywhere on the site that allows you do this. I can't find my scrapbook either. I am probably being really dumb!! 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:59

HI Swedboy!

Gary, as far as I can see the direct upload facility is 'coming shortly' . Am I missing something?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 15:00

Hi Lisa,

On this site you can tell that for every reply there may be 50 or more views, so I guess there will be lots of boarders like you - friends we just haven't met yet! 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:49

Geoff, Goldilocks was already taken. I was offered Goldilocks2, but really!!!!!!!

clay soil

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 14:20

Several actions you can take, preferably doing all of them:

1. add lots of organic matter, such as well rotted manure. You will need a lot more than you will get from your compost heap. Not only is it a good fertilizer, but it also conditions your soil, which means it stops tiny clay particles from clagging together, which is important for drainage in winter and moisture retention in summer.

2. Add lots of sharp sand. Not builders sand, which has salts in it which can harm plants. This improves drainage and makes the soil more workable.

3. Add lime or gypsum. The chemistry is complicated, but this conditions the clay soil like organic matter, stopping clay particles from binding together. Lime will make your soil more alkaline, so if you don't want this then use gypsum, which has no effect on soil acidity. Buy builders plaster, which is practically 100% gypsum (except colouring) and is a lot cheaper than horticultural gypsum. 

You can get sharo sand and plaster from your local merchant. And whatever amount of manure, sand and gypsum you think you are going to need, treble it!! You can't add enough, and its a lot harder to work in more after you have planted up. 

I used a rough ratio of 6:3:1 manure, sand and gypsum. I have found a local horselover who collects horse manure from her paddock by hand (gloved!) so no straw - 50p a large bag!!!!!. 

leaves of gunners turning brown

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 10:56

When I grew them, 1000 feet up in the Welsh hills ( so cold!), I used to remove the leaves in autumn and pile them up over the crowns, and leave them covered until around now. As Obelixx says, the budding crowns are tender. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 10:36

And hey, there is no 3 minute wait between postings! And I like the options at the top - Latest posts, hot threads, etc.. I think I am going to like it here. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 10:34

Well over 30 of us have landed safely so far. And I notice that there have been nearly 20 postings to the Gardeners World board from 8 am until 10 am today, a lot busier than the BBC board - well, come to think of it, the Beeb board wouldn't have been open at all!!  But you know what I mean. 

Has anyone added extra to their public profile? Oooooh! I'll have to give that some careful thought. 

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 18:23

Using invisible ink, Sotongeoff?

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 16:39

Say no more, nudge, nudge. I have cracked the code!

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