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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

shade or sun

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:57

What plant Christine?


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:56

It probably is simply not shooting yet.  I think you will see it shooting very soon 


Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:51

aliesh, Rozanne meets your criteria well.  Johnsons Blue flowers over a shorter period, certainly not a summer long flowering plant.

did you buy Rozanne as a bare root or small plug?   if so it will take time to produce a flowering plant. I would buy a plant growimg in at least a 1 litre or garden centre. it will flower this  year.

purple pillow is good purple.  Orion a good blue. 

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:03

Well,,it DOES work for me.  

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:01

Hey primrose you're ok.    I know you meant well.  im only grumpy when I can't get my donut fix 

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