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Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:47

Chrissieinyeo - you need to post your question on a new thread in the fruit and veg section of the board so the plum experts see it.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:44

1 tbs/15ml of Epsom salts in one gallon/5litres of water for a foliar feed.

However, on Beechgrove this week, Jim was sprinkling a dessertspoon of the salts over the compost in the pot so it would go direct to teh roots when watered so you can choose. 

Ericaceous plants such as rhodos, azaleas, camellias, pieris etc are the ones most likely to suffer from chlorosis caused by magnesium deficiency as any alkalinity in teh soil or water will bind magnesium as well as iron and make it unavailable to their roots.


Seems a shame

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:03

Tulips are generally highly bred and do take a few years to recover their display strength but, if planted deep (9") in the right soil can go on for years.

Lillies do well for years anyway but do need feeding, whether in the ground or in tubs, and dead heading and checking for the demon lily beetle.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 18:47

Veggies like full sun to grow and ripen.   You could try herbs such as parsley and sweet cicely and chervil.  Lettuce like partial shade so coul dbe worth a try and redcurrants might do OK in the lighter spots but not in full shade.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:12

Crumbs.  You can tell I typed in a hurry.  Sorry about that.

Excellent advice form Bookertoo to use your verticals to grow climbers.  There's a clematis for every aspect, sun or shade and you don't need to buy trellis panels.  They'll be perfectly happy trained on wires attached to walls or fence posts using vine eyes so cheap to install.

A climbing rose will add colour an dperfume if you choose well.  try and get one of the modern bred roses from avid Austin or Peter beale as these are bred for perfume and disease resistance so are more likely to do well.  

Honeysuckle can get a bit rampant if allowed to but is also easy enough to train on wires and keep trimmed.  

Choose a couple of good evergreens to give your garden form and interest over winter and then fill the rest of the space with plants you like and that are suited to your soil and aspect and also how cold you get.   If you let us know which way your garden faces and what kind of soil you have - sandy, clay, loamy, alkaline, neutral or acid - we can suggest some.   have alook at what neighbouring gardens are ghrowing to see what plants do well - rhodoendrons, azaleas and heathers like acid soil.  Lavenders and clematis prefer it alkaline.

Another unknown in the garden :-/

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 14:02

Not hosta.  Persicaria?  If it is it will produuce spikes of fluffy pink flowers which insects love or maybe finer spikes of deep red depending on which form it is.

Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:59

First of all, can you remove a few of the lwoer branches of teh trrees to allow in more light and, more impirtantly, more rain as the ground will get very dry under trees.

Then have a look at forms of brunnera, lily of the valley, geranium macrorhizum, pachysandra, ferns such as Polystichum setiferum and the dryopteris group, pulmonarias and vinca minor, especially the alba form with white flowers that will show up.   bees will love teh geranium, lily of the valley and pulmonarias.

Variegated ivies can also be used as ground cover in full shade but will, when settled, head up thetrees to teh light as they mature.  They do make excellen hosts anf food for insects when they are mature.

Rat problem

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:52

No.  The quantities are far too small.   we're still here anyway and I've been doing this for years now.  When I can see them, I post sachets in the rat tunnels.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 11:32

I agree taht TV gadening is niot currently destined for peopple with small budgets or small plots although on Beechgrove they do occasionally do this and also do garden fixes for people witha  problem that needs a redesign.

If you google "small garden design" quite a lot of sites come up that should be able to help you.   for a setaing area, could you not leave some slabs in place for yur table and chairs and make tehrest of teh garden around taht?  If not, try levelling an area completely flat, covering with a weed proof membrane and then laying a thick layer of gravel.

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:48

I grow brassicas in the veg patch.  No need for nets as the tits and sparrows hoover up any caterpillars and they also take the aphids from roses and clematis.

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