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Ericaceous Compost Recommendations

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 23:23

I'm trying Humax, ericaceous compost this year, now I'm no expert on plants which like ericaceous compost as an azalea I've had for years, has never really grown much and neither have the two blueberry plants I have but I'm hopeful with Humax.

It's texture is just like any other 'good' compost, black and crumbly, previous ericaceous compost I've used has been very gritty and the plants haven't thrived, not knowing what ericaceous compost should look like I thought this the norm  but this year the azalea has loads of buds on as does the 'top hat' blueberry bush.

I'm hoping for blueberry muffins if I can get to them before the birds .      

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 00:28

I've found growing dahlias far easier to grow from seed rather than tubers.

The seed grown one's have produced cracking tubers after flowering, which stored well over winter but most have never grown again in spring. This year I bought two new tubers...and...only one sprouted.

The tubers which sprouted are in pots and romping away, seeded ones still fairly small, but outside in pots and I'm confident they'll produce some cracking flowers.

Excellent trial Ww. Pots in GH, seems like a good plan for my seed grown dahlias, or putting in a sheltered spot at the end of this year.

A Stroll in my garden

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 23:23

Thanks for sharing your pics, liked the tipsy pots, what a good idea, might work with strawberries too.

Best tasting early peas

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:36

My early sowings either didn't germinate or were slow. Before resigning myself to just growing beans this year I tried one more sowing about mid April and have a dozen or so, pea's early and sugar snap planted out. Mangetout have been dismal this year.

I would say it's been the cold weather. If you recall we had a warm Easter last year, I had pea's early planted out by then and they were romping away by June.     

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:20

 There I was thinknig how lucky am I just to have seen four beetles, so the rest must be hiding, it'll be gloves on and a full scale search over the weekend.  

Foxgloves

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 22:06

I've a few opening at the bottom of their spikes, most are in bud though. 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 21:37

I've had four adults on my lillies this year, never had them before, no damage to the leaves yet but where do look to find the  larvae, me thought they were in the compost. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 20:59

It's getting warmer here by the day, Friday is forcast the warmest day of the year.

Took the oportunity to sun bath during my lunch hour, went for a walk in the park and then just sat taking in the rays.

The garden pots got a good watering this evening.   

Fruit and veg for the greenhouse

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:54

Aubergines also do well in a GH.

You can force strawberries in the GH for earlier pickings but once fruited they need to go outside.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 21:29

Another sunny day. 

Spent a few hours in the garden this evening, only went out to water the plants.Ended up planting out geraniums and clearing the herb garden of weeds.

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 19:42

Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 10:04

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 09:32

A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 21:54

What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Last Post: 23/03/2014 at 21:57

Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 20:46

Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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Last Post: 19/02/2014 at 21:17

First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 20:54

Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41
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