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Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 23:30

Hi guys. Thank you very much for the replies.

Verdun, my garden soil is very clayish and as a result everytime I plant something I have to dig a fairly large hole which I then fill with a mixture of soil and compost (I get rid of the clayish soil that I dig out).

I intended to build two of those beds so there should be plenty of space I think. The plants are already in fairly large containers that have all been placed inside a large 12feet x 6feetx6feet cage. I thought using raised beds would give the roots more space to develop and also make the whole thing look neater. But by the sounds of it looks like I may be better leaving them in pots.

Blueberries and Ericaceous compost advice needed.

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 16:41

Currently I have around 16 middle sized blueberry bushes growing in tubs. I have been thinking of building a couple of raised beds in order to transfer all the blueberries into. The raised beds will be approximately 12 feet long x 2.5 feet wide and 2 feet high. However I am conscious of the fact that it's going to take a lot of ericaceous compost to fill the raised beds and that stuff doesnt come cheap.

Do the raised beds need to be filled with pure ericaceous compost or can it be a mixture of soil and ericaceous compost? Also is there a way to making ericaceous soil or compost myself?

Help with Hostas' location

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:00

I have recently ordered (Bowden's) around 25 varieties of Hostas which range from small to huge in terms of dimensions. I have planted them all in potts and am listing below all the varieties I have. I have done a bit of research on the internet and have read advice that suggests that some hostas prefer more of a sunny position than others. In fact some hostas will develop better in a sunny position. However I have no idea which of my hostas require a sunny position and which a shadier one. I thought to ask here in the hope that collective wisdom may be able to help. I have a front garden which is North to North-West facing and gets around 3-4 hours sunshine from April to October between 2pm - 7pm). I also have a South facing back garden which gets sunshine throughout the day (More specifically: the east facing wall in the morning, The West facing wall in the afternoon and the back wall throughout).I have about 50 medium and large pots planted with hostas so there's plenty to split between both gardens depending on their sun or shade needs. The pots have been filled with a mixture of peat free soil and compost (topped up with crushed egg shells, slug pellets and covered above with large holed chicken wire )

The hosta varieties are:

Big Daddy

Devon Green

Diana Remembered

First Frost

Mack the Knife


Little red joy

Lacey Belle

Purple Heart

George Smith

Gypsy Rose


Kiwi Full Monty

Lakeside Cha Cha


Paul's Glory

Rubies and Ruffles


Spartan Arrow

Mayan Moon

His Honor

Sum of All

Red Stepper

Mango Tango

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 17:07

Hi all. Due to unexpected events I have been away from the forum since September last year. (gardenjeannie, have sent you a PM with my apologies for not replying).

I never managed to buy the hostas last autumn so now that I am able to dedicate some of my time to gardening I am looking to buy some. Just wanted to check, am I still on time to buy them? I have noticed that Bowden's still sell them (they arrive barerooted or with little soil on them apparently).

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 20:10

I like blueberries and fruits of forest in general and this variety promised to combine a few of them. So I fell for the advertising "sweet words". lol

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:39

Yeah they were lifted just before being sent apparently. They were bought from The mould does brush off (in a few of the bulbs it had "eaten" into the top layer of the bulb (1 milimeter).

I have planted all of them today so fingers crossed. Snowdrops at about 6 inch deep and the bluebells at least 8 inches deep. I never though that planting 300 bulbs would be so painful. All watered nicely as well.

The soil in my front garden is quite clayish so I had to dig the holes and replace the soil with compost instead.

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:15

I bought a few hundred English bluebell bulbs which arrived a couple of weeks ago. I left them in an open cardboard box in the outhouse since then and today got them to plant them in my front garden. I did notice that the bulbs had small patches of greenish-bluish mould on them. the bulbs themselves were nice and firm and it seemed like the mould damage is only superficial.In the box there were also other bulbs such as crocus and snowdrops but they were not affected.

Is this a known problem with bluebell bulbs? Will they be ok?

I also read somewhere that snowdrop bulbs should not be left to dry. May I asl what does that mean? My snowdrop bulbs had white flesh underneath the brown membrane (a bit like an onion). Are they ok too?


Sorry about all the questions but am new to snowdrop and bluebell bulbs.

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:58

Dove, you are right, the only thing they're good for is wildlife gardening.


Sue, I did buy a couple of RedLove trees as well so I do sincerely hope that that experience turns out better than the fourberries.

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:00

I purchased a couple of Fourberry bushes earlier in the year and planted them in my garden. They have had a decent growth and a good amount of fruit and the flowers are pretty indeed (although I havent had the chance to see the bright red autumn foliage yet).

I waited patiently for the fruit to ripen nicely before starting to pick it. I was so diasppointed when I did though. They have a fairly long stalk on one end and a longer flower remnant on the other end. When trying to take them off they peel the ckin away already damaging the fruit. When trying the fruit it got worse. The skin of the fruit is horible and tough as hell (it's like eating leather) and the taste of the fruit is far from the sweet and juicy that it gets advertised as.

I am sincerely disappointed and the only reason I havent pulled the bushes out is simple curiosity and hope that things may improve as the plant matures.


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:48

I got a few hundred bulbs recently from eurobulbs. I believe they transplant them not long before sending them. The bulbs do not have any leaves on. Does this mean that they are going to fail if planted in the ground?

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