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The gardeners 'skill'


. . . . . Or is it something else?

As gardeners we all have varying degrees of skill, experience, good fortune and location. But what if these also fail you?

When a sad-looking plant comes up for discussion in the garden my most quoted phrase is
“Well, it’s got two choices . . . .” The rest as they say, is in the hands of the Gods.

And if even this doesn’t work there is still one final encouragement I will give me plants and that is . . . "The BIG “C”.
It’s not cancer but C.O.M.P.O.S.T. Spell it out to your saddest-looking specimens and you’d be surprised just how often it works!

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I think it is the reasons I've had so many more blooms on both my magnolias than in previous years. I am in the process of again using compost on all my beds. So I agree with you, compost is great!

23 Mar, 2008


I agree with both of you. It does make a difference.

23 Mar, 2008


I always empty the old compost from containers, baskets, etc into my beds. It may be devoid of nutrients but at least makes the soil more friable. This was especially the case in our previous garden, which in 3 seasons transformed from heavy unworkable clay into quite good loam.

23 Mar, 2008


I also tip all my old Compost from Containers onto my boarders & its done it world of good David :D

24 Mar, 2008


Me too, it has made the world of difference to my heavy clay

24 Mar, 2008


I find a good old-fashioned threat will often cause a plant to buck its ideas up - "if you don't flower this year, you're coming out." Usually works :-)

25 Mar, 2008

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