Latest posts by Palaisglide

Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 23:44

On this forum Redwing it has always been the case that one subject led to another, many lessons are learn't  by that diversity, so it comes down to freedom of speech, we all express our opinions as you have done on this thread. Let us now call it a day as ninety percent of the posters will not have wood ash therefore the discussion is irrelevant to most.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 20:41

Gardenviking, no argument there, I did say in the early post we put the ash in the compost mixing it well. Having lived through a time when every foot of land was needed to grow food which meant using fertiliser to maximise crops seeing land laid fallow for many years brought back to growing crops with the use of fertiliser we knew it worked. Fertilisers were used well into the eighties still are in fact only they are reduced and placed where needed instead of random scattering. In experiments on farm land with and without fertiliser you lose around one quarter of the crop when unfertilised so tell me how do we feed the rowing population of the world by going non chemical. I could not feed my extended family from my garden even if allowed to use the neighbours gardens after getting rid of lawns decking hard standing for cars etc.

There is no one answer to the problem of feeding the people though it would help if all of us did not waste the food we buy, if some wish to put wood ash on their plants they are free to do, my way is to use what I found works over many years of trial and error, making mistakes, some big ones, you live and learn, so good luck with your gardening, we all need that especially as Spring has not reached us in the NE of England as yet.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 15:17

Redwing, I worked for ICI, and know where granular comes from, mainly Anhydrite from mines and Ammonia water and air. Uria was first gathered from human waste water then a method found to produce it from the above products. As an Engineer all production plants came into my remit, being nosy the chemical mysteries became ingrained. In the Steam Reforming process oil certainly went into the furnace tubes then came out the other end NH3 being turned into granular fertiliser by more process, every bag has the exact make up printed on it so yes I do know what is in the product. Unless wood ash is anilysed you never know what is in it. My onlyargument is why risk your plants.

Once got given a bag of wood chips, it was the fad of the time so spread it as a mulch, big mistake, birds squirrels hedgehogs and goodness knows what other animals thought it a playground. The stuff with the help of the wind went everywhere, it got swept up and binned.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 13:58

Redwing, sorry not convinced. What is the chemical make up, how does it improve the soil, how do you know there is no contamination in the wood, do you see it cut at source transported watch it burn. We burnt wood cut on the farm in the boilers though on more than one occasion found the odd posts or fencing being tossed in and on one smelly occasion the tar blocks from the High Street that had lain for years between the tram rails. Years of gardening under first my Father then making my own mistakes taught me to be wary so I add it to the compost and mix it well knowing it will be there a while. I would not dose my Grandchildren with a substance of which I knew little and I do not feed my plants on such things either, I beg to differ.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 12:29

Hostafan, it always amazes me what people will put on their precious plants without prior knowledge of what it does. Years ago we had chimney's that needed sweeping usually in summer when fires were out. The bags of soot went into a brick holding area, the oldest weathered soot went in a circle round plants the slugs loved it worked, others would spread it on the garden and wonder why crops failed. I would much rather scatter a handfull of granular fertiliser round the plants, you know the make up and how much to use, hoeing in a handfull of bone meal works as well. Old wives tales do not produce good plants, hard work and knowledge will.


Wood ash

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:32

Wood ash can contain metal elements, we had lots of it when younger it went into an old sink and was allowed to weather then added to the compost. Dad a gardener supreme would say to kill the plants use wood ash to murder them use coal ash. At one time using saw dust as a mulch was the best thing since Christmas then the found it sucked all the Nitrogen out of the soil. I would mix it into the compost.


Woody Lavender

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 10:22

Must agree with Verdun you can get lots of varieties at a GC for £3-4 a pot. Saying that  my Daughter had one grown out of the pot and woody, I dug a deep hole and dropped it in covering most of the ugly bits and it thrived. Was it my magic touch? Probably the wet summer we had and being in the right place when the sun did shine.

I take cuttings all the time most take, lavender usually only lasts eight years so out it comes and a potted cutting goes in. After flowering trim lightly that is only trim green wood never brown you can get a nicely rounded bush that way.


peony coral sunset

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 15:20

Fairygirl, Paeonia are just like my daughters, beautiful to look at but oh so frustrating, even my patience is at times stretched. Cuttings drive me mad, they root then dawdle along until suddenly one year there will be one lovely flower then the sulk the next year, it took seven years with my last effort, last year it was glorious, you get there in the end. Then as with you near Inverness comes a late frost or strong wind, if not properly staked they get flattened. Again it is not frost that gets them but early sun defrosts them too quickly, mine face west and the Bungalow shades them from the rising sun. Why do we bother I ask, seeing the Rubra Pena bush in full bloom is heart stopping and for a short couple of weeks i can sit and enjoy, then like my daughters they leave, at least they come back more than once in the year.

That should read Rubra Plena.


peony coral sunset

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 11:26

Lily my various paeonia flower from early May to early July depending on type, the older varieties flower first and they have to be staked as we get March winds in May in the NE. Coral Sunset is May flowering. I grew up with them and love them frustrating though they are though in a larger garden once flowering is over other plants and shrubs bloom. The container plants could be ready to bloom in the pots as the grower will have spent five or more years nursing the plants, once flowered they can go in the ground. Dig a large hole then fill it with good compost mixed with well rotted manure if you can get it, if not granular fertiliser plus bone meal. Plant with the top of the plant in the pot level with the surface of the earth around. Mulch in a ring round the new planting but not on the root ball, water well and you should get some flower next year and more as the years go on. Paeonia is for life not just Mothers day.


It's official

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 10:13

"Err right" Wintersong. I will look out of the window, if I open the door all my soft bits will get frostbite. All my Daf's are closed up against the winter we still appear to be getting, other parts of the country are talking about Tulip's? Still under ground here and who can blame them. Still I will be eating my own tomato's and strawberries when yours are long gone.


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