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Soil Test Kit, advice please

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:27
That's what I thought. Might try one of those probes. But do I really need to know? Managed so far.


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 17:20

That idea didn't go well then did it MrsG?

Hydrangea paniculata grandiflolium (easy for you to say), was just sprwled out like a ground cover or weeping plant. Looked it up, saw one trained as a standard - oh that looks good though I. Straight back out to begin removing lower branches. How exciting. Snip. Swear word. Off with the main stem I wanted to train And the ONLy flower. Oooops.


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 16:49

Slap your hand Punkdoc ! That's another kettle of fish FG !


Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 16:47

My favourite plant (well one of them). mine has given a show of flowers from spring and is still flowering, although never a 'profusion, more a frothy display. I gather it up and tie loosely at the bottom which holds a better shape. Also have you tried cutting it back in stages, like the Chelsea Chop, but several throughout the spring and summer to help it keep producing more flowers.

Soil Test Kit, advice please

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 15:03

Farmergeddun, no water used at all. just measure soil then add test solution to require level. Shake, leave 10mins.


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:39

Glad your having a good day StarGL, thought it was beyond hope anyway!

Tina, so right, I keep reminding myself this is the attitude I need for them both - and me - we've had the same tactics as the bin bags (called it the six o'clock box, at 6pm it goes in the bin), problem whenOH did it to me as well! Not known for my tidyness.

Keep trying to put clean washing away but then find myself outside testing soil again, the tester doesn't seem right to me (like I know!)

Soil Test Kit, advice please

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:10

I've just bought a soil test kit from b&q, never tested before.

I've done 2 tests as per instructions, waited the require time.

Both times it tells me the soil is 8.0 as alkaline as the score goes up to.

Problem - soil taken from beside a flourishing well established rhododendrom, all neighbours gardens also grow rhododendrum, pieris, camellia etc...

I don't feel the result is right, has anyone else had problems with these testers?

The pack also says it will test nutrients (advice enclosed), there is a chart for these but no instuctions how to test, no separate bottle, or do I wait longer etc..

Does anyone know if these kits accurate? Are they easy to use 'incorrectly' ? Or are they just a waste fo time?

Secondly, is the test rod system any better?

Thank you


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 13:39

Thanks Star and tina. Clothes it may be - but he does say 'no thanks' and not interested in going to buy his own either. He's not into anything other than computer games so maybe take your experience Tina and leave him to it, he's only with us an average of 4days a fortnight. Blackberry is what he has at moment after much pleading last birthday. Maybe a new xbox, old one apparently 'died the ring of death'. Could be useful for all of us, they play DVDs ya know! By the way Tina your grandaughter is very lucky to have a food mixer, what a thoughtful present.


Posted: 08/10/2013 at 11:30

Hi all, just a quick catch up,

Decision made - bulb planter better arrive prompt on my b-day (that's birthday NOT bottom washer!)

monarda runners 'arranged' and covered with an inch of soil.

lavender finally cut back, but left the remaining flowers on, weel you just cant can you!

pack of aquilegea seeds (free in Garden Answers) to go back of newly done bit.

Dove, hope you treasure your Daniel Deronda and it reminds you how special YOU are.

Ggirl, love the Dome on Tv but no idea what is going on, drive OH mad as I keep asking and he doesnt know either.

Off work today, beef slow cooker on, mum for tea.

Step son's 16th birthday on present as yet, he's not allowed the new phone he wants as still in 18month contract he promised his dad he'd keep to! Not allowed computer etc games as spending too long on them and being quite defiant when asked to do something else....shot ourselves in the foot there then !         What else could a 'wanna be adult' want ?? No seriously, anyone got any ideas??

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:51
Thanks v.
Night all.

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