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Firming compost.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:08


unlike soil compost does not need to be unduly firmed.  I pot up, lightly press fingers in the compost a couple of times and then tap the pot a couple of times on the ground then water.  Done this for a few years now 

Yes, It does help the roots to grow better.  Over- firmed compost does inhibit growth in my experience.

john innes is different.  You do need to firm this 

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:00

Linda, when you say similar what do you really mean?  Red grasses?  Imperata Red Baron is absolutely superb.....maroon red grass from mid summer into autumn.  I posted pictures last year. plant with tiarellas ....their frothy white/pink flowers look womderful with imperata.  Or anemone Wild Swan with pure whit flowers.

carex comans bronze has similar foliage colour to rubrum but very easy and hardy.  Uncinia unciniata rubra is evergreen with red leaves changing to maroon according to soil and temperature.  Carex buxhanii is similar but with erect taller foliage.  

If its the pennisetum flowers you want check out Villosum and Hamelyn. 

Careful Linda......grasses are addictive 


Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:52

Not yet though musher 

compcted soil

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:51

Also your peony will not flower if covered in soil.

dig it up with as generous rootball as possible allowing for long roots and either pot it up in john innes or mpc or plant out in an open sunny spot. dont plant too needs sun on top of those surface roots. 

There is a lot of misinformation about peonies not moving well....they can and do and, with a bit of luck, if done now,,may well flower this year 



Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:44

Sooty, no, dont water again until you see growth. and dont give them any extra heat now.  it is still early but temperatures are rising.

I have lots of dahlias in unheated gh as well as many outside in the garden....they will shoot soon enough 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:38

Greenfingers steve.......your post puts so much into perspective. you have your daughters and they have you.  Many of us here share your pain, empathise with it and question why things happen as they do.

this is a wonderful thread...thanks KEF.....prob the most important one here. 

Enjoy your daughters and your gardening 

Berries... Will any produce fruit this year if planted now?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:11

Max, a crop from the autumn raspberries from 2 or 3 litre pots if planted now.    Make sure the soil is not too alkaline by the way....tested it?

the remainder?  Dont go for 9 cm pots go, again, for the bjgger pots. i have no experience of wineberries though but same principles apply. 

Enjoy your crops 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:05

May I say Shrinking are brilliant.   someone saying as it is with honesty and fun 

No doubt this is a heated thread....important  on this thread but keep other threads sane and sensible.  Let's stop the malicious pming I believe is going on too 


Discount again ........

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:48

Oh,,excellent timing Jinxy 

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