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Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:39

Winter, yuccas are not really garden friendly plants.  Dangerous.  Think twice about planting them esp if children around.  Down here they can be seen as huge plants quite commonly.  Nice foliage where  people don't walk.

ph in my soil

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:36

Bracken, I have lorry loads of mushroom compost delivered now and then.  I apply it in autumn prob 6" thick.

its as Edd says ....not very nutritious but adds bulk.  Fish blood and bone complements it very well.  Also the winter rains wash out the salts over winter to leave a nice compost come veg sowing time.

Last year's carrots

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:32

Yep.  Your  sense of humour is mine Edd.  Isn't that sad? 


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:30

I think you're right about Orion Chicky.  I have different blues but difficult to compare vigour as soil conditions vary quite a bit.

ann Folkhard is a brilliant magenta colour on yellowish foliage.  Flowers forever.


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:25

Hello forkers 

thick mist this morning.  Should lift.  Should be warm again 

wisteria?  Stunning in flower for such a short time.  Then it looks awful for 11 months of the year. 

A nearby cottage has a Wisteria covering whole wall and around the side. 


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:52

Down here most of my geraniums are already pretty big mounds.....Elke has flowers too

ph in my soil

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:49

Dont go overboard.  I would incorporate mushroom compost in the immediate area cultivated for crops......I.e. I grow veg in 4 row formations 3" apart so 12" width.  I would spread a few bags over this area and mix it into the top few inches. Make sure no lumps or any of it is too fresh (usually it is well broken down).  It should grow some decent crops for you this year.

how much compost can you get?  

I apply mushroom compost very thickly in autumn.  Come the spring it is perfect to cultivate

Last year's carrots

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:40

Or white.  

For me carrots are orange, tomatoes are red, radishes are red, lettuces are green, etc.  red lettuce is awful, yellow toms are too sweet.  

steephill,start again with fresh seed of a f1 hybrid carrot ......some of them do taste wonderful ......mix In some friable compost and fish blood and bone and enjoy edible and not novelty carrots

ph in my soil

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 23:30

Ok, got a better idea now what you want Bracken

once you have raised your ph level you cannot reduce it  again very easily.  However, for your veg patch you do need higher ph level.  Mushroom compost will very effectively do that now. Can you get hold of any?   liming in autumn too.  

decide where you want blueberries, etc and make sure you don't lime there.  If you are sure your ash is clean then incorporate it in your veg area.  

for this summer grow what you can with a view to lime later

Weed grass

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:00

Mowing with blades set lower will,help.  Raking before mowing to lift the grass too.  Slashing the thick grass with a knife too

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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