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Yesterday at 14:15
February is the time to cut all the stems right back, but if you can get them in the ground asap when the ground isn't frozen as in a few weeks they'll be waking up
Some info here
2 days ago at 08:27
Maybe it was the variety.
I grew Akron for the 1st time last year. Slightly larger than a Shirley, but all of them had a hard core. Grown alongside were Suncherry, Sungold, Shirley and Rosella - none of them had hard cores
3 days ago at 16:02
Tap water contains all sorts of stuff. Local water authorities produce a 'list of ingredients' of their tap water. The ingredients list for my tap water runs to 2 pages.
The RO system is designed to remove most of these ingredients leaving very 'clean' water
The runoff contains the stuff that the RO membrane has removed.
It depends on the efficiency of the RO system, they use a lot of water - I think it's something like 10+gallons to produce 1 gallon of RO water.
So it's not really that different from tap water - it just contains the extra ingredients that are now missing from the pure RO water that has been produced.
I'd say if there are plants you'd use tap water on, you'll be ok with the RO runoff
PS I'd LOVE a marine tank, they are amazing - but I'll will stick with my tropical fish for an easy life ;)
Last edited: 20 January 2018 16:05:50
3 days ago at 09:38
Can you pH test the compost?See original post
It's the only way to be sure. But you may get different results from different areas in the compost
Initially your compost will be slightly acidic.
Over time the compost will become less acidic.
3 days ago at 09:20
The answer is - probably :)
As bacteria and fungi break down the matter their functions produce acidic waste. This helps break down some of the more difficult compounds (like cellulose) and bacteria thrive in an acidic environment which helps speed up the process.
A bit like yoghurt that starts off as milk and ends up a bit tart (acidic) due to the bacteria
3 days ago at 09:01
My soil is Essex clay and slightly acidic.
Soil will generally return to type due to its powerful buffering capabilities.
Generally what comes out of your compost bin will be slightly acidic.
3 days ago at 20:22
Superchili - small Thai style and hot. I grow on my patio against a south facing wall
I also always grow Jalapeno - Medium and with a good flavour
3 days ago at 18:57
They may do, they're buried in debt
3 days ago at 17:23
Once established they're very tough trees Andy.
The one in my garden a few years ago seemed almost invincible. The more I hacked off, the faster it grew.
Cost me £1.99 to buy and £1100 to get it removed 25yrs later and I've still got a 5ft round stump very slowly rotting
3 days ago at 15:39
Just spotted this on the BBC News site - couldn't help but smile (or should it be groan)
19 Jan 2018 13:26
Yup - now is a good time Andy, before it wakes up in the spring
19 Jan 2018 12:51
Cut it back as much as you like. Even if you leave just 6" of trunk out of the ground, it'll soon shoot up.
In the position yours is in where it's struggling for light, just chop it back to where you would like it. It'll then send out masses of shoots. You can trim off the ones you don't want and let 3-4 shoots develop into proper branches.
Last edited: 19 January 2018 12:52:43
19 Jan 2018 12:44
So they've got it wrong then....
19 Jan 2018 11:59
Who uses Glyphosphate for blanketweed????? That would kill all living creatures in the pond in minutes.
I've used Cloverleaf for many years. Works a treat
18 Jan 2018 12:55
Advertising can tempt us to buy all sorts of stuff that we're told will work wonders, but at the end of the day, a plant needs NPK and trace minerals.
So an appropriate plant food will supply NPK and some trace minerals and if used alongside seaweed extract (or whatever other tonic you choose) is all that's needed.
Too much of a good thing can cause imbalance in the soil.
18 Jan 2018 11:18
I agree Iain - I first used seaweed ex a few years ago and the results were impressive.
It provides a huge range of trace minerals etc that are very beneficial to plants and may not be available in the soil.
18 Jan 2018 10:30
Just been down the garden and the fence at the end has blown down onto my brassica cage. Only a slight dent and fortunately the rest of the fence is laying in their garden not mine. And it's their fence. I know she was planning on replacing it, hopefully it'll get done soon.
18 Jan 2018 09:54
Phenomenal winds last night.
I opened the kitchen blinds this morning and saw this
But sad to loose my arch with 2 lovely star jasmines :(
18 Jan 2018 08:40
Seaweed extract is an excellent tonic. I use it throughout the growing season.
It's not a food as such, so it's used alongside traditional feeds.
I start using it when seedlings are a few inches high then try to give most plants a weekly foliar drench, or water it into the soil.
Used in the greenhouse makes it smell like the sea-side :)
This is the one I use
16 Jan 2018 13:00
I'm guessing it's this one