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Epson salt on Runner beans

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:22

I have a different's probably a magnesium deficiency and Epsom salts,is a perfect, cheap harmless way,to correct it.  I use it on my tomatoes, have used it on lupins ( sometimes in certain parts,of the garden they show a deficiency) and "saved" a neighbour's winter cherry trees  with Epsom salts.

A seaweed spray is an excellent general feed and tonic and I use it regularly.  Try,the Epsom salts Stephen and let us know how you got on.  It will work pretty quickly.  As part of a maintenance system Epsom salts is good practice. 

I use about 2 tablespoons in 10 litre can

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:12

Good luck Artjak.  You must complain or it will happen again.

Now and then I see,the council guys walking and spraying weedkiller on pavements etc.  some of them are,so "casual" and just uneducated about what they are using.  My front borders a pavement and a few years back I astounded one guy by taking his picture and stating I would sue both him and the coumcil for any plant losses.  The picture had the date and time on it too

Got to stand up for ourselves 


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:19

Agreed but I do mine as soon as the flower spike begins to go over.  It seems a waste when there's colour still there but the secondary spikes respond more quickly and bigger.

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:17

Epsom salts is cheap and effective.  A neighbour had problems with her winter cherry trees and I suggested Epsom salts every year.  Not much.  I add 2 dessertspoons to 2 gallon, 10 litre watering can and water it on.  I'm going to spray my tomato plants with light dilution this weekend.....

Cultivar ID

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:11

I grow blauhuge and it looks much like yours In Depth.  I grow Caraddona too but it's bit darker.  There are so many varieties now of hardy salvias but looking at my Blauhuge the  lower flowers are lighter, almost verging on white.

Maybe others have opinions but I would suggest Blauhuge


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:54

I think variety is the prerequisite.  Choose those described as having large flower heads. 

If me, I would feed with high nitrogen until bud formation and then switch to high potash feed


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:47

Morning everybody

Wet overnight but already looking good.

No gardening today..may cut grass and pull some weeds but mostly everything is in place.  So tempted to call again at the nursery I visited yesterday but, really, I don't need's that gardeners' disorder I guess??

Efolks the day folks


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:41

Morning everyone

Wet overnight but drying up already.  Is it just me, but plants have grown hugely over past few days and everything seeBud to be in bud or flower

Faorygirl hope you manage to get your fence done today.  Eating my own carrots now......I eat loads of 'em.  My niece calls me "orange face"....could be the carrots!

So tempted nursery I visited yet but Why?  I have so many unplanted things already. Is this a disorder of gardeners?

No real gardening today...grass may be cut.  A few weeds may be 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 01:02

Classy looking pots Fairygirl and nice planting.  I think, if you have a nice plant you need at least as good a pot to display it.

Time for the land of nod I think........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

scented bedding plants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 00:53

Ceri, heliotrope is fantastic.  The cherry pie plant.  I have them individually placed around the garden, door, path etc and the scent wafts beautifully.  The annual one, Marine, is freely available.

Grow a few Regale lilies.....mine are soon to open and for a month the scent is intoxicating. ....I know lilies aren't bedding plants but.....

Nicotiana, the tobacco plants, are,heavily scented too.

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