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Grow Your Own / Re: Growing early garlic
« Last post by jambop on Today at 17:45 »
I find that garlic does best if you plant it around October time for a harvest in the following July. Theory is that the cold snap over the winter helps it grow and eventually split. For the ones you have at present just let them grow till they start to die back. Hopefully larger than they are now. Donít worry about this year itís an odd one! HH

I go along with that the draw back as far as I am concerned is rust. If I was growing under cover I would defo plant out in the autumn .
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Grow Your Own / Re: Bonemeal - useless?
« Last post by jambop on Today at 17:42 »
My opinion is that both the blog post and the article have a point of view that they are supporting; an agenda.  There is a grain of truth here and there but there are factual errors.  For example, the attached WSU article says that "Bone meal is primarily calcium and phosphorus, two elements which are usually adequate in nonagricultural soils."   In my state, almost no nonagricultural soils have adequate calcium except in areas underlain by limestone or marble. It is probably true that some of these same nonagricultural soils are phosphorus-deficient.  Is the statement incorrect?  It is correct for some people, but incorrect for others; an over-generalization. 


The factoid about Protea is maybe slightly interesting, but of no use to anyone growing tomatoes or zinnias.

That is why the paper actually states that "soils usually..."
As far as I can see these two articles are not related and I would like to know why any professor of a state University would want to be  making a point of view about bone meal as a fertiliser? It would be interesting to know the chronology of the paper and the bloggers piece. Has he used the paper to create his own point of view... his own revelation as it were?
What is clear is that the efficacy of bone meal as a fertiliser is very limited. And if your soil is calcium deficient is adding bone meal really a cost effective way of amending it? But most importantly the product bone meal is being sold primarily as a fertiliser when the chemical composition of the product clearly shows it has very limited capacity to enhance plant growth in the short or long term and is a relatively high cost item.
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Grow Your Own / Re: Bonemeal - useless?
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Today at 17:16 »
My opinion is that both the blog post and the article have a point of view that they are supporting; an agenda.  There is a grain of truth here and there but there are factual errors.  For example, the attached WSU article says that "Bone meal is primarily calcium and phosphorus, two elements which are usually adequate in nonagricultural soils."   In my state, almost no nonagricultural soils have adequate calcium except in areas underlain by limestone or marble. It is probably true that some of these same nonagricultural soils are phosphorus-deficient.  Is the statement incorrect?  It is correct for some people, but incorrect for others; an over-generalization. 

The factoid about Protea is maybe slightly interesting, but of no use to anyone growing tomatoes or zinnias.
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Our measly share of the rain yesterday was 2mm.  :nowink:

Cloudy day today, a bit humid but at 20C max it hasn't felt too bad.

Looking at the rain radar now - rain to the south of us, rain to the west - stuck in the middle with now't!  :(
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Grow Your Own / Re: Bonemeal - useless?
« Last post by jambop on Today at 16:44 »
Yes I did... I thought it more or less reinforces what the blogger has said what is your take on it? Just clickbait?
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: European Championship
« Last post by mrs bouquet on Today at 16:39 »
When is it all over -  Mrs Bouquet
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Grow Your Own / Re: Ants and blackfly
« Last post by Lardman on Today at 16:04 »
Both. Break the cycle, grease band to stop the ants playing about in the tree and thumb squish or spray with whatever you feel comfortable with - even water to knock them back. Once the ants stop guarding them the natural predators will arrive, the ladybird larvae have a field day on my trees  :)
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Grow Your Own / Re: Growing early garlic
« Last post by JayG on Today at 16:00 »
I usually plant my hardneck garlic in the last week of February, and it's usually ready by the middle of July.
Due mainly to the weather, I was 2 weeks late planting them this year, although it looks as if they still may be ready by the middle of July.
A clue is the production of scapes - my bulbs are usually ready about a fortnight after these have appeared (and been snipped off and eaten!)
That tip doesn't apply to softneck varieties though, almost none of which ever produce scapes.

The OP's garlic still looks very green and therefore not ready for harvesting - although garlic foliage doesn't turn brown and tend to collapse in the way that onion and shallot foliage does, by the time the foliage is looking a bit brown and generally knackered, you can safely assume the bulbs won't significantly increase in size so can be lifted, dried and stored (if you leave them too long the individual cloves could start sprouting - disaster!)
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Grow Your Own / Ants and blackfly
« Last post by Grubbypaws on Today at 15:51 »
When I see ants on the branches of my apple tree I know to go looking for blackfly. Question. Do they bring them to the tree from elsewhere or do they just re-arrange ones that are already on the tree? Can the blackfly flourish without the attention of the ants?

If it is that they bring them to the tree then I could maybe stop the ants from climbing the tree with a grease band or something sticky. However if the blackfly are already on the tree and just grouped by the ants stopping the ants would be a bad thing as I would never find the blackfly without them  :unsure:
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Grow Your Own / Re: Bonemeal - useless?
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Today at 14:59 »

Did anybody read the adjoining paper by the professor at WSU

Yes I did, did you?
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