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Blueberries...

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 17:21

Thanks MMP, I must live in a soft water area

free plants/bulbs/seeds from mag

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 16:56

Amateur Gardening mag also has free seeds every week, I only buy it if I want the seeds and at £1.99 you would pay that for the seeds alone. It's also one of the cheapest gardening mags at present and as it come out weekly, you have something to read whilst waiting for the next GW mag to drop through the door. .

Containers - specialist compost or from the garden?

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 16:49

I agree with Dove.

And....GC/store bought compost has been fairly unreliable for the past couple of years. With home grow stuff at least you know whats in it. As for introducing pests, this can also happen with new plants bought for the garden, you take your chances.

Try making more of your own stuff, I have leaf mould, muck and a dalek on the go for next year. It all gets mixed together in a wheel barrow along with bought compost...if you fill big pots it can work out expensive to buy.

Try recycling some of your old compost. I save the compost from my spud bags, mix it with fertilser to add nutrients and either put it on flower beds as a mulch or use it for plants which need re-potting. You need to make sure all the spuds are out though, other wise you get random spud plants popping up everywhere          

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 16:23

Wet and windy... 

Talkback: Lily beetles

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 16:13

Most of my lilies are grown in pots and this year was the first sighting of lily beetles, not many but enough to know they are there.

My Q is would it get rid of the larvea if the bulbs were lifted after flowering and die back, washed off compost and then repoted in fresh compost for next year?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 23:31

Rained most of the day here in the NW.

Cut some sweet pea and foxglove to bring indoors this afternoon,  I didn't expect foxglove to grow so tall, some are over 5ft and bee's are drawn to them like a magnet. I've lots of bee's in the garden but no ladybirds.

Blueberries...

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:58

Mattbeer87. 

I collect rain water for blueberry watering but you can use tap water. Depending where you live, tap water can be hard or soft, I don't know what makes water hard or soft, it's possible lime, I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell us though, but blueberries prefer one to the other although neither is harmful to us.

Rain water is the same where ever you live and blueberries are happy being watered with it. As most do not know whether they have hard or soft tap water, or to what degree, the best advise is to use rain water but if your blueberries are happy with tap water no need to fix something which isn't broken, carry on watering.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 01:12

You've been taking aerial views of my garden, NOT,  but that would be perfect for the patio...

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 20:11

Hi, Rodgy-dodge. Beachgrove isn't on every night...we should be so lucky. It's produced in Scotland and for years wasn't broadcast in England but you could watch it on Iplayer, it's broadcast twice a week, as it's repeated on a Sunday morning, 

Laying turf over hardcore

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 23:10

I would advise he hired a skip to get rid of the rubble and large stones, then re-leveled the ground before laying new turf.

I'm happy to be wrong but the section of new lawn where the rubble is will never  look the same in terms of growth and greenness as the area where the old lawn was, due to the drainage being different.    

I was advised before removing a concrete garage base, a lawn would grow in 6'  of soil on top of the concrete or 3' of soil on top of rubble. 

It's hard work but I opted to remove both concrete and rubble before laying new turf and it was well worth the effort.       

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