Latest posts by Verdun

Seaweed mulch questions

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:41

Chris, only used fresh seaweed as a very thick mulch.  Several inches thick in autumn ......excellent for all soils (alginic acid) , totally weed free and slugs n snails cannot cope with it. (Texture and salt) 

i would say 3" is good.  

Seaweed has never caused me any problems but you need to read the label on fhe stuff you purchased.  Does it contain additives, for example? 

A tomato question

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:09

Fleece by night will help even temps.  However sun is strong now during the day but nights can get very cold ( for toms)

can you keep toms at home DiSteve?  Or are there too many? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:35


Check the good guys thead keen 

horses for courses though.....decide what you really want and compare who supplies at best price and size. Many of us here can recommend accordingly 

propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:08

Yes and the possibility of something special I guess 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:02

Keen, but I buy a lot online.  Some superb growers out there.  Best from autumn to late winter though for economy 

propagating astrantia

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:59

Agree with you Nut.

daisy doo, let your astrantia grow well this year....feed, water (very important not to let it dry out) and mulch and then divide in late August.  

However, I am a fan of named varieties so division is preferable to me.  You know exactly what you will get and some of the named varieties are first class plants.  Seed raised ones are likely to be inferior methinks 

sulpher tonic

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:54

You should be able to google this info but I know its a process best done slowly.  I have read somewhere about quantiy of sulphur to lower ph by fractions.  

Determine your ph level and info is available how to lower alkalinity to required level by degrees.   A high alkaline soil would be expensive to lower dramatically requiring high doses of sulphur so I would only consider this a practical option if neutral or lower soil PH.

To maintain acidity for my blueberries I used half a mug full of chips to a large container.  Sorry I was not scientific about this but I did look at simply maintaining acidity levels. 


Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:44

Agree but, for me, 2 treatments will be sufficient.  If soil temp is 5 degrees plus....mine is....nematodes will work and do so for a few weeks.  first application done and I will repeat in late summer.  Slugs, here anyway,,are more of a problem early and late summer and a warm dry summer sees less damage.

I only use nematodes in veg patch......too expensive to cover the rest of the garden where torch and salt solution takes care of business 

Espalier not throwing out enough side branches

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:38

Ian,,you should have started to bend those side branches down during the summer and to finally pull and tie to horizontal in August.  Spurs would then form on those laterals.

your vertical main shoot will then produce buds and these....two, one each side,....are,allowed to grow vertically at first but then to duplicate as before.

each tier is made one per year 

I grew mine as maidens.   You can bespoke your espalier to fif your framework exactly and fruit production is heavy.

Is there anything missing from this home made compost?

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:32

Superior quality 

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