Mike Allen

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Soil type?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 00:29

In short. The general theory, of good or suitable loam is this. Take a handful of soli/loam etc. Squeeze it gently, release the presure. The content should remain somewaht compact. In scientific reality this holds fast to the fact that the substance contains sufficient moisture so enabling it to temororarily bond together. In reallity most compounds will do this. It relies upon a fomulae of mass plus moisture etc. However when considering the benefits of soil, dirt earth or whatever you wish to call it. For the pupose of growing plants in it, more is required. Here we enter the area of pH. This is a scientific grading of acidity and alkalinity values. Often rough soil will over time be affected by natural elements etc and thus become viable planting media for various subjects. I'd best leave it there.


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:59
I have been retired for quite some time now. I note that some other members have bowling green experience etc. I have to support their suggestions. The product you mention. In all honesty this is a new one for me. Your comment that somewhat negative reviews etc are listed. This to me tends to send out signals of perhaps adverse side effects. In what I might call, my day. Especially on bowling greens. Mowran meal was the product of the day. The problem that eventually came to lite was. Yes. It stopped the casts. WHY? Because it killed the worms. Taking into account the general makeup of the bowling green. This was a kind of holier than thou area. Compacted soil due to constant rolling. Grass virtually shaved. Good old Ransomed Certise, 16 bladed mower. So my friend. Alas. I feel that it is back to the drawing board on this one. I wish you well and hope you find an answer.


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 22:37
I must admit. Not all replies have been read by me. Speaking as a Pro. Bowing greens seem to be a target for worms and thier casts. The swishing sticks that we used were about twelve feet long and very fine and flexible toward the end. I doubt if these are still available. To get to the point. Don't try and dispose of the casts whilst they are wet. Let them dry out then even with a shorter cane, a quick decisive swish and the job is done. Please avoid using a broom etc.

Makes you Wonder!

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:32
So there you are in the garden, planting out bulbs and corms. As far as you are concerned. You are alone. However for those gardeners who fall victim of wild life. Are you really alone? Even a bit of digging. Stand the fork in the ground and retire. Robin redbreast soon perches and then surveys the fresh soil. Plant a shrub or even a border plant. Stand back and observe. Suddenly Toby decends from the tree top and sniffs around the site. Likewise but less obvious to us. Mr Mole and co, have picked up the vibes and have raced forward. Thanks Fishy 65. An underground feast of crocus. Likewise Toby from above says thanks. Just the right size to take back to the drey. So, what can be done. This might seem OTT but it works. Especially when one has spent out of some prized bulbs etc. Get yourself some half inch chicken wire. Make a ball shaped cage like thingy. Put some soil/compost in it and the include the bulbs/corms etc. Due to the size of the wire mesh,m only slugs and the like will be able to reach your valuable bulbs. Bury the the lot. In time the bulbs etc will sprout and flower. As my friend. Grandpa Meerkat would say. Simples.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 22:13
FOA Bob the gardener. Nice planters Bob. Clean and tidy. Did you make them yourself? I imagine you to be somewhat like myself. A dab hand at DIIY in the garden.

Dying variegated tree.

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:36
David. Might I say, I share your dilemma. Actually I am at present engaged in researching and compiling data of tree disasters etc. In short, many strange things are happening to, not only british trees, but trees across the world. I am wondering just how my item will be met with the forum members.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 21:26
As a result of 'supply & demand' Nowadays many bulbs are massed produced by means of cell culture. Tiny particles of originals are take. Then those particles are grown on in a chemical known as Agar. The cultures are then raised to a suitable point of development in laboratories. Then rapidly grown on from there. It has meant that vast numbers can be quickly raised and at a reduced marketable price. However, it does appear that this process has not yet been able to offer any guarantee asto flowering. Hope this helps.

Lawn weed

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:47
Are you sure it isn't trefoil?

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:44
Just do your best.
If I may. I have a couple of impressions regarding lawns. To many. A patch of grass out back...is the lawn. To me. A lawn, totally weed free etc, well tailored etc. Then going one further, an ornamental lawn would have to be a bowing green. Yes there are benefits even at the lower level. However whatever way you look a the lawn. It is the centrepiece and has, well it demands attentiona at all times.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:37
Oh! Ladies pleeeeeze. All these cakes and pasteries. You are making Mikes mouth to water. I have never been a sweet tooth but, I do miss Val's baking.

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Makes you Wonder!

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