Latest posts by Obelixx

Blueberry problem

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 23:09

Try a foliar feed of Epsom salts which will boost magnesium levels.  Dissolve 15ml of salts in 5 litres of water and water over the plants suing a spray rose on your can.   Use rain water or distilled water if your water is hard.

This will act as a tonic for all ericaceous plants and any others exhibiting pale or yellowing leaves.

Jasminum offininalis Fiona Sunrise

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 20:37

It's supposed to be hardy and like fertile, well drained soil.  Try potting it in John Innes no 3 compost and see if that perks it up.  Some microrhzal fungae sprinkled on the root ball may help it grow some decent roots.   If it does, keep it in the pot till it's good and sturdy and then try planting out again in a sunny spot in good soil. 

Why have these leaves gone brown?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 20:25

Probably frost damage.  They will recover.   If it's been dry lately, make sure you water them, especially the hydrangea.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 19:42

TB - organise a picnic and a BBQ and plan to hang out lots of washing.

Can't bear the thought of being eaten by midges or mosquitoes or anything else itchy making.

Which geranium?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 18:02

Looks like geranium macrorhizum Ingwerson's variety - see here for more info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/search-results?form-mode=false&query=Geranium%20macrorrhizum

You can confirm it if the leaves are scented.  Good in dry shade but also copes in sun and is fully hardy, unlike pelargoniums which are sometimes, and incorrectly, still called geraniums.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 16:18

That must be a relief!

We are just in from walkies in a mostly dry patch between showers.  Tipped it down fo rthe last couple of mins tho.   Back to teh sewing then.

OH is reading destructions for the polytunnel which, he says, requires hi  to dig a trench o bury the ends of the cover.........  And did I know it had a door at either end?  Yes.  ordered deliberately for ventilation.  Sometimes I do wonder which ear all this info escapes thru or does it never enter in the first place?

Olive tree

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:27

Olives send down deep roots to seek water in their usually dry environment.   That teeny pot will be strangling them and also it will be starving and probably thirsty.   The best way for it to thrive is to plant it out in the ground but be sure to shelter it from cold winds and hard frosts as it will like neither.

Prune any obvious dead branches then give the whole pot a good soak to help loosen the rootball and then tease the roots so they can unwind and spread in a new planting home dug a little deeper but two or three times as wide as the pot.  Pierce the base deeply with a garden fork to allow for drainage and mix the original soil with some good MPC or garden compost to allow you to plant the tree at its original depth.  Fill the rest of the hole the same way, firm the roots gently with your foot and water generously. 

Mulch with some more MPC or chipped bark and keep watered this summer until the autumn rains so it can get established without a check.   

If you can't plant it out or need to be able to wheel it under shelter for winter, at least give it a pot 2 or 3 times as wide and deep and decent John Innes no 3 compost.  You will need to loosen the roots as described and it will be entirely dependent on you for all watering - rain is not enough in a pot in spring and summer - and for an annual spring feed.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 14:17

Raining already here and proper downpours forecast for tomorrow.  Best laid plants etc.....

How soon can I turn over turf treated with Weedol?

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 12:18

It should be indicated on the packet.   I'm afraid there are nos hort cuts to good soil preparation other than piling on a generous layer for compost and/or manure in autumn and leaving it over winter for the worms and other organisms to work in.

If you just make pits without working some of the compost into the surrounding soil you will end up with sumps where water collects and rots your plant roots.   You really need to fork it all over to loosen up the soil and then I would top dress with a generous layer of cheap multi-purpose compost and, if you can, some well rotted manure and fork it all over again.

You can then add soil conditioner to the soil you use to back fill your planting holes.  You can also use some microrhizal fungae sprinkled on plant roots to help them establish well.   Make sure your clematis is planted several inches lower than it was in the pot and that it gets a good soaking before and after planting.   Feed every spring with a slow release clematis food and give occasional drinks of liquid tomato food to promote good flowering.

Last edited: 10 May 2017 12:20:05

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 12:10

Would love to visit Anglesey Abbey Busy.  Pics please.

We have been to see the village mayor this morning - introduce ourselves and offer the old cooker and sink units form the "before" kitchen.  perfectly good but not for the new kitchen.   Nice chap and very pleased that we're happy to get involved in village life.

Lunch next and then walkies cos , at the mo, by the time OH has finished his garden projects and wants to take them out I need to be cooking dinner so a change of timetable has been suggested.

Re our plans for the garden - in my head it's all done but actually getting things off the ground takes a lot longer.  I shall do a thread when I have something to shout about.   Hoping that this pm we can get membrane down and edging so I can spread MPC on the new rose borders for OH to work in with his to while I do a windbreak.   With any luck I'll get some planting done by the weekend.

OH did suggest lunch out after seeing the mayor but I'd rather get on.

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