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magnolia

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 09:26

If you have alkaline soil then make sure the planting hole is deep with a good base of moisture holding organic matter. Magnolias prefer acid soil but most types will do fine in mildly alkaline soil provided they have plenty of moisture until they are well established. 

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 19:11

Sorry David -  pipped at the post! 

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 18:58

Next person to post will be the 100th posting! I reckon over 70 of us have made the journey so far, which is very heartening. And the more I see of the site the more I like it. I posted a query on this thread about uploading photos and the editor (no less!) replied within an hour, which was rather jaw dropping. I expect we'll see a lot more piccies of our favourite plants, problem pests etc than we did on the old Beeb site. I'm glad the Bee pulled the plug, otherwise We'd all still be stuck in the 19th century!

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 10:58

Many thanks, Alina and Daniel! 

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Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:43

Thanks Alina, but I have been able to do that ok. (My avatar is an image from 'Avatar' - thought I'd be clever - No?)  What I can't do is find a way of uploading directly into a message, and can't find the 'scrapbook' that I have seen mentioned. 

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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!! 

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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?

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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! 

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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!!!!!. 

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