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Latest posts by Verdun

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 18:22

you are correct Simon.  Artificial fertilisers like Gromore do harm worms when they come into contact with it.  Years back I noticed this and stopped using Gromore.  Fish blood and bone is more gentle, feeds soil and encourages life in it.  The only proviso is where foxes, badgers are present...they smell the fertiliser and dig for it.  agree again with Simon about seaweed ...the best of all fertilisers if you can get hold of it in bulk 

will my perennials flower this year

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:08

Sam, no don't cut them back.  They are babies . Pot on into small pots and try to pot on regularly this growimg season.  By September or next March/April you can put them in your garden to dazzle you in 2016

Photinia Red Robin pruning?

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 12:05

Yes post a picture please Wilko

photinias are fickle plants...they can regenerate or die back.  In theory you can cut them back hard but in reality I find they usually don't 


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 11:59

To count everything in flower would take ages.  To include things just budding with the early flower would be longer.  I think this applies to most everybody here

Outside container plants, beginner help required

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 11:56

Hiya Gregzillla

apart from being windy is it sunny or shady?

do you want evergreen shrubs ...permanent planting.....or lots of flowers?  Foliage shapes?

what size containers do you have?

will my perennials flower this year

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 08:59

Sam, no I don't expect any of your plugs to flower this year least those you have mentioned.  had they been potted up a few weeks back things like lupins and delphiniums could flower in late summer.

look to build those plugs up for next year Sam 


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 08:54

Happy Easter folks 

sunny and quiet morning

envious of your acreage and lake Hostafan.  No wonder you need a ride on mower 

busy day...Easter eggs to eat.,,they will all be gone in a day . It's what Easter is about is't it?  Chocolate indulgence !


Posted: 05/04/2015 at 08:49

Morning Nadia

I pinch out when seedlings are probably about 3" tall.   makes for bushier sturdier growth.  Not sure it's critical but I pinch most everything 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 19:33

Not your day today Charlie ? 

Did a lot of physical work in the garden today.........think I needed that too. Few things on my mind so it got rid of a few frustrations.  Now?  much better 


Posted: 04/04/2015 at 17:38

Agree about using best possible compost.....mpc is not really ideal for me.  I mix dried manure, John innes, mpc and fish blood and bone and water well regularly 

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