I have got a strawberry barrel but unfortunately the instructions hav
got damaged. What should I fill it with ? A compost and grit mix ?
I have ericareous and normal compost what is best ?
BTW I live in London, UK and our tap water is quite hard
It's been at least 20 years since I helped build a strawberry barrel
and don't recall there any trick to filling it. We used black dirt
and manure on top of a 1" (25mm) bed of gravel. You should cut and
perforate a length of PVC pipe to put upright in the center of the
barrel for watering. The pipe should at least 2" (50mm) in diameter
and be cut to at least 1" (25mm) above the soil level. The
perforations I drilled were 1/8" (3mm) and 4 holes per inch. The
pipe was then filled with gravel.
I have never read or heard the word "ericareous" before.
Please take a moment to explain it.
The barrel I helped build was in Chicago which gets colder
than a mother-in-law's heart and was moved into a moderately
heated garage to protect it from January nights at -20C to
-30C (that's not a typo). My father moved it with a tractor.
But I have no idea of how cold a winter night in London can be.
As for the tap water: as long as it is outside, rain water
should be ok unless you have severe taxic rain.
I searched the web looking for 'ericareous' only to learn
that the woed is 'ericaceous'. Even more of a downer is
that it refers to a family of plants which include azaleas,
blueberries, and huckleberries. I was hoping to find a
specific compost mixture.
So what is the difference between compost used for acid
loving plants and 'normal' compost?
from email@example.com (Dick Adams) contains these words:
Commercial manufacturers do. The composts they sell are a recipe of
(say) loam, sand and grit, plus fertiliser. The lime element is in the
fertilisers. Have a look at "John Innes" at
http://www.bpfs.org.uk/en/fkb/compendium/j.htm . JI composts (bought or
home made) are used by many gardeners in the UK.
Some amateurs also sprinkle lime or chalk or potash (wood ash) as they
fill up their compost heaps, to counteract the natural acidity of
Not necessarily; it depends what goes into it and how you treat it.
For instance I don't seive what comes out of my compost heaps, so it's
much too coarse for seed sowing. In any case it doesn't contain enough
loam or grit for sowing seeds or rooting cuttings.
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