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Confused about fertilization

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 21:39

Matt's Thanks.

I wonder what your Doctor Dimech would say to the fact we use Potassium in everything from making Nitric Acid to Toothpaste via food preservation and Gunpowder, Potassium Nitrate the stuff used in fertiliser is also called Salt Peter as any schoolboy worth his salt who made his own fireworks as we did knows.  At ICI the Potassium Nitrate was always kept in its own silo, kept dry and away from flame, it was dangerous stuff yet without it we would die. It is used to reduce blood pressure and kidney stones, in the fruit we eat although the humble white Potato has more potassium than a banana, good advertising will always raises a product above its station. I could go on all night as I loved Chemistry at school and working with it in all its many modes was great.

By the way Purple Mint is definitely supposed to be purple. Just keep doing what you do now, Air Water Light and a very light dose of fertiliser once every few weeks is all your plants need, that is from an old time gardener not the Chemical Engineer talking.


Confused about fertilization

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 14:22

N.P.K. it will be on the side of the box or bag of any make name or brand of fertiliser you buy and makes up 95% of the plants needs in varying amounts of the N.P.K. Nitrogen for green growth, Phosphorus for general health and Potassium for ripening fruit or flowering. The other five percent is made up of trace elements including iron sulphur calcium and magnesium plus many more infinitely smaller traces of many substances found in the ground they are grown in. In other words almost exactly the same we as humans need to exist and also overfeed them they will either die or become blowsy and listless. Lack of certain minerals caused crops to be small or fail though people learnt the hard way certain chemicals were needed at certain times, nothing mysterious just good old nous and experiment and then handed on.

These facts have been know since the first gardens came into existence and carried on from Father to Son or Daughter, natural animal fertiliser from the midden held those minerals remembering that even in my time human waste was often added to the midden. In time the soil is leached of those minerals hence the big effort in 1914 to start making organic fertilisers so more food could be grown on the same amount of land.

ICI came into being in 1926 and I worked for them (not that early of course) seeing what went into the Fertiliser asking the Labs why certain things were added or not. Being a maintenance group we saw it all and products being made up and bagged for almost every fertiliser brand in the Country and even abroad all coming out of the same particular mix, Lush lawns Nitrogen heavy, Tomato's Potassium heavy. The rest down to trial and error from a multitude of Farmers gardeners and General plant growers. Having seen some of the very obvious mistakes that so called Scientific experts have made in recent times I would treat their word with caution.


Ideas on what veg i can grown in a dust bin

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:29

Giddy,   Question,   Why, it needs a lot of infill either drainage, space saving broken pot, plastic, Pebbles, then a lot of soil to top it up. it will be heavy and with a narrow top not grow much. I have an old type bin and keep my potting compost in it as it has a lid, I use normal size pots and trays for growing Veg  and some fruit, my Tomato's go into pots and that way I am using the correct amount of growing medium. I know people use all kinds of containers but an old bin? Sorry, I had to ask as I do wonder why.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:16

Stockton, the mist has lifted from the valley and a rather watery sun has appeared, it is warm and the garden is blooming in the warm moist air. My DIL bought me an Orchid which seems to love this weather it has bloomed nonstop since I got it. Not really an orchid fan but this one has got me to take care of it, not that they need much.



Posted: 04/04/2017 at 10:07

Darren, Firstly that grass will need at least two years of TLC to get it back to a Green Sward, it is up to you whether you go the recovery road or re-turf, neither easy nor quick though re-turfing may be the quicker road if you remember you cannot walk on it for at least six weeks after laying and it will need a daily watering.

Two those flower borders are not too wide and could be planted up with shrubs, long living plants and or fruit bushes low growing fruit trees and or bedding plants. Make a plan, do it in sections you can finish say in a weekend and do just that bit, trying to do it all in one go usually means nothing gets finished and ends up looking like a builders yard. A well planted border with tall plants and shrubs becomes a mysterious jungle to small children, my lot often disappeared into the jungle and tiny feet keep the weeds down.

Three a children's garden as I learned with my own and my Grandchildren needs to be a raised bed and one they can walk around otherwise they tend to unintentionally walking on it and their Siblings plants (war). A wooden retaining frame four to six inches high is enough and just wide enough so they can reach the middle without stepping on it. Easy grow vegetables, cut and come again salad plants mixed with a few strawberry plants and Cherry Tomato is the way to go, it also shows them which are weeds and which Edible.

Four, I always tell people that gardens are places to relax, sit with a glass in hand in the sunniest spot and contemplate your navel or which ever part of your body that enthuses you. I did that first when I moved in here many years ago, it was lawn from fence to fence so an open canvass. We planned it then divided it into do-able sections as we both worked. then collected what we needed for each project started and completed that project working our way to what we wanted at the time, it took three years and we got what we had planned. There have been many plans and changes since, gardens never stop progressing a fact of life. What is in favour goes out the new comes in and we get older, just a thought.


Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 16:27

Climbing roses pruned back, late flowerers. Some weeding, thinned out a mass of Bluebell before they flower and seed even further. Sat in glorious sunshine topping up my vitamins, well at my age i am allowed a sit and ponder. "Oh" yes pond, cascade not working so out it will come and a still pond put in place with some aquatic plants, no frogs or spawn so OK to go ahead.


Help for a noob

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 16:17

can only agree Hogweed, it also applies to every walk of life, the fact that Politicians are suddenly waking up to the fact we are a right diverse lot us voters. long may it remain so. Diversity makes the world go round.


Help for a noob

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 11:32

Hogweed, you could say that of any plant, even bedding plants have a short life if you do not deadhead feed them and generally pamper them. My Rhododendron is in full bloom this morning and a glorious sight, certainly it will only be ten to fourteen days but not in the least leggy after nearly thirty years. My other love Peony's are also something you cherish for just two weeks bloom but what glorious blooms and as they flower at different times a continuous joy. One of those took seven years before I got one bloom you should see it now. You could just rake a patch throw seed down and wait, what would be the fun in that I ask. You plan nurture and set you stall out to have plants coming into their own in sequence Rhodo's and Peony are just part of the grand plan. Like a Sunday roast dinner, if part is missing no matter it be a sprout or slice of beef the whole is incomplete. My opinion only of course.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 10:23

Stockton and the Tees, Sunshine, clear sky and warm with it. The Rhododendron has burst into full bloom and the Forsythia a picture, all those years of planning and hard work do pay off in the end a hundred fold.


Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 03/04/2017 at 10:18

Verschieden we called it in BAOR, different, Chloe does not like Lichens well I do not like Curry having seen what went into it in the Middle East many moons ago, it needed all the spices believe me, though I do not pronounce it on here time and again. If Chloe was trying to stir it then she only succeeded in people posting more lovely pictures of what to many is the history of all living things, something we could not live without and in my mind beautiful organisms. Thank you for the pictures.

Mad Woman, Blonde, Who on earth could that be?? no one I have ever seen on GW. If it was a sly reference to our CAROL then wipe your mouth out, I would marry her tomorrow as long as she lived in the Garden Shed and kept the garden pristine, I would do the cooking, "oh" and the cats would have to live with her I am totally allergic to them but "Hey" as I said at the start Verschieden.


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