Mike Allen


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Compost

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 21:21

Going back to the original post.  That certainly wasn't a bag of compost.  Sounds more like someone was sent out to sweep the yard up and put the waste in the wrong bag.  I'd certainly complain.

Regarding seed sowing compost.  John Innes is probably considered the best.  However.  Consider how long your seeds are going to be in that compost.  A very short time in fact.  So you have to ask yourself.  Why not simply sieve some soil or even some multi purpose compost.  When you have enough, then sow your seeds.  Basically there is no worry about pH etc until the seedling is pricked out and/or potted on.  Then the plant needs to be given the best.

Me.  I swear by J. Arthur Bowers general purpose compost.  I find it reliable and top class.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 23:30

Thanks Tracey.

I have tried to put it all together,but when posting .  It all came out wrong. Wellbeing.  At the mo.  Mike is having a few personal irrigation probs.  In short.  Not feeling too good.  However this one of life's problems.  Tips on growing!   DONT GET  OLD.  Love to all Mike.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:20

I do apologise for the many posts.  I had set out my work sheet, using three columns.  However whatever system is in use, my listing still came out as a terribly long list.  I cann reassure you.  I am a more proficient horticulturist than a computer geek. Should the Moderators be able to edit this post into something more presentable, I will be most grateful.  In the meantime, I do hope that the list will help my forum friends to understand the pH mystery.

I wish you all well.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:12

Page 4

 

Vegetables, Herbs, Fruit

 

Artichoke 6.5-7.5

Asparagus 6.0-8.0

Basil 5.5-6.5

Beans 6.0-7.5

Beetroot 6.0-7.5

Broccoli 6.0-7.0

Brussel Sprouts 6.0-7.5

Cabbage 6.0-7.5

Calabrese 6.5-7.5

Carrot 5.5-7.0

Cauliflower 5.5-7.5

Celery 6.0-7.0

Chicory 5.0-6.5

Chinese Cabbage 6.0-7.5

Chives 6.0-7.0

Corn-sweet 5.5-7.5

Cress 6.0-7.0

Courgettes 5.5-7.0

Cucumber 5.5-7.5

Fennel 5.0-6.0

Garlic 5.5-7.5

Ginger 6.0-8.0

Horseradish 6.0-7.0

Kale 6.0-7.5

Kohirabi 6.0-7.5

Leek 6.0-8.0

Lentil 5.5-7.0

Lettuce 6.0-7.0

Marjram 6.0-8.0

Marrow 6.0-7.5

Millet 6.0-6.5

Mint 7.0-8.0

Mushroom 6.5-7.5

Mustard 6.0-7.5

Olive 5.5-6.5

Onion 6.0-7.0

Paprika 7.0-8.5

Parsley 5.0-7.0

Parsnip 5.5-7.5

Pea 6.0-7.5

Peanut 5.0-6.5

Pepper 5.5-7.0

Peppermint 6.0-7.5

Pistacio 5.0-6.0

Potato 4.5-6.0

Potato-sweet 5.5-6.0

Pumpkin 5.5-7.5

Radish 6.0-7.0

Rice 5.0-6.5

Rosemary 5.0-6.0

Sage 5.5-6.5

Shallot 5.5-7.0

Sorghum 5.5-7.5

Soyabean 5.5-6.5

Spearmint 5.5-7.5

Spinach 6.0-7.5

Swede 5.5-7.0

Thyme 5.5-7.0

Tomato 5.5-7.5

Tunip 5.5-7.0

Water cress 6.0-8.0

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Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:10

Page 3.

 

 

Moss Sphagnum

3.5-5.0

Myosotis

6.0-7.0

Narcissus

6.0-7.5

Nasturtium

5.5-7.5

Nicotiana

5.5-6.5

Pachysandra

5.0-8.0

Paeonia

6.0-7.5

Pansy

5.5-7.0

Passion Flower

6.0-8.0

Pasque Flower

5.0-6.0

Paulownia

6.0-8.0

Pea-sweet

6.0-7.5

Penstemon

5.5-7.0

Periwinkle

6.0-7.5

Petunia

6.0-7.5

Pinks

6.0-7.5

Polygonum

6.0-7.5

Polyanthus

6.0-7.5

Poppy

6.0-7.5

Portulaca

5.5-7.5

Primrose

5.5-6.5

Primula

6.0-7.5

Privet

6.0-7.0

Prunella

6.0-7.5

Prunus

6.5-7.5

Pyracantha

5.0-6.0

Pyrthrum

6.0-7.5

Red Hot Poker

6.0-7.5

Rhododendron

4.5-6.0

Ros: HT

5.5-7.0

Climbing

6.0-7.0

Rambling

5.5-7.0

Salvia

6.0-7.5

Sainpaulia

6.0-7.0

Scabiosa

5.0-7.5

Sea Grape

5.0-6.5

Sedum

6.0-8.0

Snapdragon

5.5-7.0

Snowdrop

6.0-8.0

Soapwort

6.0-7.5

Speedwell

5.5-6.5

Spirarea

6.0-7.5

Spruce

4.0-5.0

Stock

6.0-7.5

Stonecrop

6.5-7.5

Sumach

5.0-6.5

Sunflower

6.0-7.5

Sweet William

6.0-7.5

Syringa

6.0-8.0

Tamarix

6.5-8.0

Tobacco

5.5-7.5

Trillium

5.0-6.5

Tulip

6.0-7.0

Viburnum

5.0-7.5

Viola

5.5-6.5

Violet

5.0-7.5

Virginia Creeper

5.0-7.5

Wallflower

5.5-7.5

Water Lily

5.5-6.5

Weigela

6.0-7.0

Wisteria

6.0-8.0

Zinnia

5.5-7.5

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:04

OOps not all was visible.

 

 

Delphinium 6.0-7.5

Deutzia

6.0-7.5

 

Dianthus

6.0-7.5

Dogwood

5.0-7.0

Edelweiss

6.5-7.5

Elaeagnus

5.0-7.5

Enkianthus

5.0-6.0

Erica

4.5-6.0

Euphorbia

6.0-7.0

Everlasting Flowers

5.0-6.0

Firethorn

6.0-8.0

Forget-me-not

6.0-8.0

Forsythia

6.0-8.0

Foxglove

6.0-7.5

Fritillaria

6.0-7.5

Fuchsia

5.5-6.5

Gaillardia

6.0-7.5

Gazania

5.5-7.0

Gentana

5.0-7.5

Geum

6.0-7.5

Gladiolus

6.0-7.0

Globularia

5.5-7.0

Godetia

6.0-7.0

Golden Rod

5.0-7.0

Gourd

6.0-7.0

Grass Bent

5.5-6.5

Cover

6.0-7.0

Fescue

6.0-7.0

Meadow

6.0-7.0

Pampas

6.0-8.0

Rye

6.0-7.0

Gypsophila

6.0-7.5

Hawthorn

6.0-7.0

Helianthus

5.0-7.0

Helleborus

6.0-7.5

Holly

5.0-6.5

Hollyhock

6.0-7.5

Honeysuckle

6.0-7.5

Hyacinth

6.5-7.5

Hydrangea Blue

4.0-5.0

Hydrangea Pink

6.0-7.0

Hydrangea White

6.5-8.0

Hypericum

5.5-7.0

Iris

5.0-6.5

Ivy

6.0-7.5

Juniper

5.0-6.5

Kalmia

4.5-5.0

Kerrier

6.0-7.0

Laburnum

6.0-7.0

Laurel

5.0-6.0

Lavender

6.5-7.5

Liastris

5.5-7.5

Ligustrum

5.0-7.5

Lilac

6.0-7.5

Lily of the Valley

4.5-6.0

Lithospernum

5.0-6.5

Lobelia

6.0-7.5

Lupimus

5.5-7.0

Magnolia

5.0-6.0

Mahonia

6.0-7.0

Margaurite

6.0-7.5

Marigold

5.5-7.0

Molinia

4.0-5.0

Moraea

5.5-6.5

Morning Glory

6.0-7.5

Moss

6.0-8.0

Moss Sphagnum

3.5

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 22:00

The list is very extensive, so to save space I list the relative subjects that fit the bill. Followed by the accepted pH rating.

SUBJECT pH

 

Abelia

6.0-8.0

Acacia

6.0-8.0

Acanthus

6.0-7.0

Aconitum

5.0-6.0

Adonis

6.0-8.0

Ageraratum

6.0-7.5

Ailanthus

6.0-7.5

Ajuga

4.0-6.0

Althea

6.0-7.5

Alyssum

6.0-7.5

Amaranthus

6.0-7.5

Anchusa

6.0-7.5

Androsace

5.0-6.0

Anemone

6.0-7.5

Anthyllis

5.0-6.0

Arbutus

4.0-6.0

Arenaria

6.0-8.0

Aristea

6.0-7.5

Armeria

6.0-7.5

Arnica

5.0-6.5

Asperula

6.0-8.0

Asphodoline

6.0-8.0

Aster

5.5-7.5

Aubreta

6.0-7.5

Avena

6.0-7.5

Azalea

4.5-6.0

Beauty Bush

6.0-7.5

Bergenia

6.0-7.5

Bleeding Heart

6.0-7.5

Bluebell

6.0-7.5

Broom

5.0-6.0

Buddleia

6.0-7.0

Buphthalum

6.0-8.0

Calendula

5.5-7.0

Camassia

6.0-8.0

Candytuft

6.0-7.5

Canna

6.0-8.0

Canterbury Bells

6.0-7.5

Carnation

6.0-7.5

Catalpa

6.0-8.0

Celosia

6.0-7.0

Centaurea

5.0-6.5

Cerastium

6.0-7.0

Chrysanthemum

6.0-7.0

Cissus

6.0-7.5

Cistus

6.0-7.5

Clarkia

6.0-6.5

Clianthus

6.0-7.5

Clematis

5.5-7.0

Colchicum

5.5-6.5

Columbine

6.0-7,0

Convolvus

6.0-8.0

Coreopsis

5.0-6.0

Coronilla

6.5-7.5

Corydalis

6.0-8.0

Cosmos

5.0-8.0

Cotoneaster

6.0-8.0

Crab Apple

6.0-7.5

Crocus

6.0-8.0

Cynoglossum

6.0-7.5

Daffodil

6.0-6.5

Dahlia

6.0-7.5

Day Lily

6.0-8.0

D

looking for prunus!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 20:44

Hi Denise.

I have done an extensive search for thi subject.  Are you certain that you have the correct name.  There are well over 400 vars/cultivars for Prunus.  RHS search..zilch.  Even Hellyer's don't list it.

Greenhouse Virgin

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 22:49

OK friends.  Where do I start.  So here goes.  My profile must say much about me.  When it comes down to all this clinical cleaneness etc.  Now simply maaging my garden greenhouse.  No.  I don't go around attempting to create a sterile arear. Please friends and fellow gardeners.  Believe me.  All this washing down , scrubbing etc. You are wasting your time and energy.  If you don't believe me.  Then take a day out.  Go and visityour local nursery.  Have a chat. on the subjectof greenhouse sterility.  Be prepared.  They will laugh at you.  To the extent that the average gardener sows seed, propogates etc in his/hers tiny greenhouse.  For the length of time seedlings, plants etc remain in the greenhouse./  Comparetis al to the time that your established plants are planted out.  Victims, stalwarts to the weather.  Please get your act together.  For the average gardener. Having a greenhouse simply means. You have an oversized propogator..  That's all.  Your aim basically is to.  Sow seeds under cover.  To prick them out, to pot on and eventually plant the results in the garden.  Might I suggest with the greatestes respect.  Well done all of you gardeners.  Now take a look at yourself.  Ask yourself.  What am I.  Am I just a keen lover of gardening.  Am I a professional, or am I perhaps more than the basic pro?

So.   Is your tiny backyard greenhous an enlarged prorgator, is it a minature plant factory, or is it a kind of scientific outpost?

Trees

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 21:39

Mike is scratching his head.  Why oh why would anyone wish to prune this tree?  Yes as atree person, The English Oak, the Giant Redwood, and all of the tress.  The silver birch.  To me this is the most graceful and most attractive of all the trees.  Plus, it can be found across the world.  So my friend.  Why do you feel it necessary to prune it.?

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