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SEAWEED IN THE GARDEN

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:26

......and here I am Hosta.  Ears burning,,tee hee hee 

not so easy now for various reasons....beach access not so easy, council regulations, etc., but seaweed is the very best compost, soil conditioner and plant tonic.

I used it in bulk.  trailer loads direct from the beach and applied thickly, several inches deep.  However, AUTUMN is the best time.  I applied it immediately, fresh, with no concerns whatsoever about salt etc.  By the following spring the seaweed had broken down to a fairly fine texture.

the best anti slug material....both texture and salt see to that. Plants never suffered from heavy mulching witb seaweed and vegetables and fruit thrived.  

I would not use in spring though around young plants.......

 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:14

Nice one Keen 

do plants other than roses get black spot?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:12

yes Keen.  Hellebores for a start suffer from a type of black spot.  However, I think they don't black spot on roses causes black spot on other plants.

my feeling is that good air flow is a deterrent to black spot as well as good hygiene. 

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:08

Aym, well what do YOU do? 

I kill slugs and snails.......there aren't really enough natural predators to control them; birds, hedgehogs, frogs/toads and, more aggressively, humans combined cannot keep up with slug/snail numbers. 

my feeling?  I don't like doing it.  For me everything has a right to live but they are my enemies....they are trying to destroy what I want to survive.  If someone tried to attack me I would do my utmost to stop him.  Survival 

Salt solution in a pot is quick and, hopefully, painless.  

As gardeners we don't help ourselves do we?  So many of us try to make our plants as lush as possible ....over feeding to produce bigger plants often makes for highly attractive (paradoxically weaker plants) slug bait.

I try to grow using less fertilisers ...prob why I don't yet find slugs and snails as damaging as many do 

Beware bark chippings!

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:51

Fresh msterials every year....I always use up compost, manure, fertilisers etc st the end of the year .....and I always open bags of compost in the open air.

Irene,  I think there are "issues" (recall someone having a "problem" with the use of this word ) with breathing in dust when opening bags of compost. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:42

Keen, acteas and veronicastrums are wonderful plants so pleased you have some too.  My acteas are already producing their rich purple/brown leaves 

applied nematodes on veg patch early this morning.....ones for carrot fly, onion fly and other soil pests.  Will apply again in mid June.  

in complete contrast to yesterday and recent days when it was so sunny and warm today it is overcast and damp.  Not rain just mizzle....heavy mist and drizzle.  Perfect for nematodes to settle in. 

Geraniums

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:35

Nice GD.  

My pelargoniums are outside too....been there for a few weeks now but some are always left outside over winter

Cornwall and Guernsey have an ongoing rivalry as to who has best weather.......of course!  .Cornwall wins hands down 

as a matter of info pelargoniums grown outside are much hardier and less affected by white fly and other pests.  And I have never seen a slug or snail on pelargoniums

Hosta help again

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 08:24

Pretty sure my hostas are clean but I do check for mottling or blurred variegation Hosta 

We will find viruses cropping up on all sorts of plants though.....my local nursery had a batch of infected cannas that she had to burn.  

Clean tools and being alert I think 

Blueberries and watering

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 19:10

Soft water here and I do use tap water.  Get excellent crops on healthy bushes with masses of buds already showing.

4 large bushes would take a lot of time to water ...hose is quick for me with no problems 

a personal judgement call I think 

Hosta help again

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 18:17

I know hosta. 

Tempted to get rid because as soon as I had it...impulse buy.....I learned it was one of the most susceptible to HostaX .  Loathe to part with it as I do like it.

I have it in a pot away from other hostas and check it every year....4 years now....for signs of virus.  I also will not divide it....virus seems to spread from cut wounds (?) 

still undecided about keeping it.........what would you do?  How did it affect your stock? 

My gold Standard shows no sign of virus......now about 30 cm high with clear defined solid colour and no mottling.  Of course, not all Gold Standards are infected.,

 

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