Latest posts by Verdun

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 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:29

Local gc prices are sky high now keen.

luckily a large nursery is even more local to me.....walking around is a joy.  More plants, greater variety, and far, far cheaper 

shame about primary school 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 18:20

Heard Fairy is not well. get better soon 

lovely sunny quiet evening.  

Slug pellets

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 16:42

Claire, yes nematodes seem to be very effective....against slugs but not for snails. sorry, missed your post 

pellets around food in veg and fruit patch are not good, covered or not.  


Posted: 18/04/2016 at 16:39

Mrs-L, yes mushroom compost is perfect for hellebores.  Used to get lots of it but the mushroom farms down here have closed down.  You can apply it in bloom or not. Hellebores love the lime 

Onion fly

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 12:46

I alternate onions with carrots Anomander 

for control of onion fly/carrot fly I use nematodes.  I fleece carrots as well.  Sticky traps would be overkill .....not  necessary for anticipated attacks. 

I think you may well be over worrying though.  

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