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Best Plant Food

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 22:56

You have just encountered one of the drawbacks to using membrane janet. You can neither mulch nor feed ideally, viz., adding fertiliser around the roots.

your only option is to liquid feed once a week, at least once a fortnight.  

I have removed so many membranes for various reasons and plants have responded with renewed vigour.  Instead of looking pale and starved they take on better size and condition.  membrane replaced with organic mulches control weeds equally as well.  i cannot imagine not being able to apply thick mulches to my plants as I have been doing these past few weeks.  

Annual weeds tend to root into membrane material and mosses too tend to populate it.

many will disagree with me ...gardeners do that others will possibly offer an alternative to liquid feeding 


Fatsia Japonica issues help required

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:24

I have a feeling this is canker Donna.

if mine I would leave it and see how it goes.  Hopefully in the late spring it will send up new shoots. 


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:14

Lie, fierce cut back there. Too fierce 

Can I suggest in future you don't cut back any grasses in January. Wait until April. 

Your grass looks like a miscanthus...does the name ring a bell?  do you know the other varieties?  Different grasses need different treatment. 

Your heavy clay is not ideal either...sorry. try to mix in mushroom compost when planting. 

I cannot see any sign of new growth there but hang fire a while yet.  Give it another 3 weeks.  

Good obviously have excellent taste in choosing grasses  a favourite of mine

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:05

If well rotted mix manure with dry compost to break up any lumps. I think horse manure on the surface could create fumes in hot sunshine.  Lost tomatoes one year doing this....although I did overdo the manure big time.  

Wood chips on fhe surface GD?  I think they would rob nitrogen from the soil so would not use them.

good idea ...greenhouse with open door; perfect 

seedling help

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 21:00

Rosemummy carrots are supposed not to be able to transplant.....if they do take they are supposed to fork 

however, I have done it successfully.  I once tried to sort out carrots sown erratically so I dug up seedlings and replanted to fill out the rows. I warned they would prob fail. but they grew well.  The "secret" is to use very small seedlings, to water in well and to fleece them.

rosemummy best  though to throw carrot seedlings onto the compost heap. 

your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:42

Have a few varieties myself darren and they divide so easily. after their first flowering I lift and divide and replant. they resume flowering again in 4 weeks or so.  Looking to add to my collection. 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:38

Thanks Emma Lou.   will get one during the week 



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:36

Aym, I always talk sense....sometimes .  actually, I grow good looking veg too so must be doing something right 

veggie newby, you will notice the difference with nematodes.  Although average temps are not great right now the soil is warmer than the required 5 degrees.  you will need a special coarse watering can rose to apply them though so get this first,

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:29

Very warm again. . Should be reasonable tomorrow too 

Beware. Very cold arctic winds (hopefully we here will just miss them) heavy rain, snow and severe frosts expected this week.....all week 


your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:25

Agree about tiarellas darren.  I have them in flower now and with a little care will flower all summer 

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