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Fertiliser types

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 23:09

Plants need 3 major nutrients in varying degree's - nitrogen for growth and green foilage, phosphate for root growth and potash for flower colour and ripening of fruit.

Fertilizers are additions to compost. Nothing wrong with FBB for bulbs it contains all three nutrients, put a small hand full in the hole if there's a next time before planting and mix it in with the soil using a hand spade, that way you don't need to worry about the cat.  

Bone meal is also a good fertiliser for bulbs, shrubs, roses and strawberries. It contains phosphate and nitrogen and can be put in the hole before planting.

You can't beat home grown compost or fertilizer though but not everyone has the room to make either.

Happy gardening. ..

Runner Beans.

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 22:21

I've planted sweetpea with peas this year on canes which cross in the middle and noticed this evening the sweetpea are a tab bit confused as to which cane to grow up were the canes crossand needed a helping hand so have been tied in to the right one.

Advise please

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 22:06

I grow herbs which I'm likely to use in cooking...

...chives and garlic chives are grown in a bed with flowers and are perennials. 

Crully parsley grown as a biennial, sage, lemon balm and thyme make up the herb bed and are perennials.

Basil and coriander are sown each spring, basil is planted along side toms as it's supposed to improve the taste of the toms and coriander next to a path as I love the small when you brush past it.

Mint is in a pot as it's roots are invasive and rosemary in a pot which I'm intending to train into a one stemmed bush with a ball of rosemary at the top.  

I let most flower apart from basil, to attract insects and the coriander seeds can be saved for next year or put in a pepper grinder for cooking. 

I also grow bulb fennel and cut the leaves to use in dishes.

Which herbs do you want to grow? Most are quite easy although some can be tricky particularly the mediterranean ones. If you want only one plant it's also cheaper to buy the plant than sow from seed.

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:34

I found verve of poor quality last year but bought a large bag at the beginning of this year cut price as it was spilt, it looked good stuff and was.

Murphy's multi purpose compost has also been good this year. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:19

Rain here for most of the day but it was fine when I got home so tied in some plants which had gone a little droopy and I've put twine around the spuds to stop them flopping over. Spuds are looking good, planted out the last lot at the weekend.

Walked right past the mooli and not thinned it out.

All told perhaps it's not going to be a such a bad season for veg, everything's picked up after two days of rain.   

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:06

M2. Very nice.

I secure a cane in between the two poles and grow extra beans that way, two to a pole and two up the cane.

Santa brought 3 arches a couple of years ago

If you cement the legs into pop bottles and bury them down about 1ft it's a very stable structure, barely moves in the wind.

Is that a wiget in the bottom left hand corner, another good idea for the tops of canes.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:27

Hey, artjak.

...would you just believe this, just been out in the garden to close the GH and looked over the fence into the adjacent allotment and on one plot there is a bean frame like the one in my garden, they have either read the same.book, been on this website or peeped over my fence...... I'm making it my mission now to either find that lead to post pictures or going into town to buy one at the weekend.  

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 21:03

Jengil. I'd thought of something different this year to grow along side pea's and beans. My garden's like Dr Who's Tardis so every available space is used. I've sweetpea with  pea's this year and have nasturtiums and morning glory seedlings which could be planted along side the beans. It all add's colour and attracts the good guy's like bee's and ladybirds.    

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:05

I move indoor cacti in there when the weather warms up and sow biennials in the GH August/September time ready for planting out later in the season other than that it's mainly the usual veg... toms, peppers, chillies and aubergines. I'm going to grow yard long red noodles in there this year for a first  

Can't help with suggestions for a floral/foliage display, I'm sure another poster will be along to make suggestions though. 

Happy gardening...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 19:54

It's rained all day here. It was raining at 7am and still raining when I got in from work at 6pm.

Stuff hardened off outside has been brought back in as their trays are getting water logged. Can't complain, at least the ground has got a much needed soak, and mooli growing in a rasied bed, is loving this weather...makes a mental note to thin it out tomorrow if the rain stops...

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