Latest posts by Obelixx

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:20

Your questions have been answered with great patience.  If you have taken the time to research RHS advice, why question it on here?  And why be rude?

If, as you say, you are a cook, you surely know the only way to see if a recipe works or a flavour combination is good, is to try it so, for heaven's sake, go and try planting something and use the compost advised for the purpose.   In metaphor - don't try and use pasta flour to bake a light fluffy cake.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:16

Some wisteria can take a few years to get established and flower.   They also to be pruned twice a year to encourage the formation of flowering shoots.  There's some good advice on this RHS page - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 15:04

It is a holey fence with gaps big enough for kittens and, no doubt, hogs.  Trouble is we have a terrier cross who likes to "mother" hogs so I'd rather they stayed over there or hid where she is less likely to find them and try to pick them up and bring them home to me.   Much yelping from the dog mixed with squeals of "Mum, I've found a hog" and the hogs aren't too keen on the process either.

I'll keep an eye out and probably build them a shelter in a wild corner but otherwise not encourage them in the main garden.

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:53

It is, and doesn't go off as fast as wet food.  I have both for our cats but have yet to find any hogs in this new garden but I know there's one next door.

FInally seen my Hedgehog

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:37

Cat food is also good, especially if you find an underweight hog in autumn.  It will build up its reserves very nicely.

re-using soil

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:34

Soil, in and on the ground, gets re-used every year, for millennia.  Sensible gardeners and farmers rotate crops and improve the soil to maintain health and productivity of both soil organisms and crops.

Planting media - aka compost in pots and troughs and baskets - should be used once and then discarded as a soil conditioner or addition to a compost heap.

Your questions are becoming persistently repetitive and rather dumb now and you are consistently disregarding advice, freely and generously given by many.  Either you are a deliberate pest or you are all talk and no trousers and need to get your hands dirty and try things.  I, for one, will be using the Ignore button from now on.

Allium Leaves

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:26

Leaves are the food factory so I leave mine until they have turned brown and can be pulled off with ease.  I certainly wouldn't cut them back by half as this is a major wound and can invite infection as well as diverting energy to heal.

If you grow you alliums through other perennials their foliage is less unsightly.

Mossy lawn and weedy planting beds

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 13:30

Shade alone won't cause moss but it won't help and the trees will also be robbing the grass of nutrients so feed it.  Raising the canopy of your trees by removing lower branches and, maybe, thinning some of the rest will certainly help bring in extra light.

Enjoy.   It will be worth it.

Difference between potting mix and compost

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 12:23

Leaving aside the basic design shortcomings of female gardeners, the old adage is Feed the soil, not the plant.

If you have the correct growing medium, be it soil in beds or planting composts, your plants will thrive.   The trick is to know what growing conditions your plants like and that leads to another gardening adage - Right Plant, Right Place.

You can look up each individual plant in good gardening reference books - some of which have already been mentioned in other posts - or you can look at specialist sites such as the RHS or nurseries selling those plants.  Then, as has also been said, get stuck in and plant something and learn from experience.

Technically speaking, compost is the term for what comes out of a compost heap made by mixing nitrogenous and carboniferous material in the correct ratio with water and heat to get the process going.  However, compost is also used as a general term for planting medium which can be tailored to suit the needs of the plants eg ericaceous, loamy, moisture retentive, low nutrients for seeds and cutting, high nutrients for flowering and fruiting plants, nitrogenous for leafy plants and so on.

Plant today with frost likely?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 12:15

I would keep them safe because they will be coming form a sheltered environment and need time to acclimatise.  If they're plugs or bare roots, pot them up and grow them on.   Put them out by day and bring them in at night for at least a week until they're hardened off for life outdoors.

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