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Planting a Rose ???

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Post by paulh on 28th February 2013, 12:40

Just a quickie, how much worm castings would one put into a say, 50 to 60 litre of mix. I can get the castings locally for $2 a kilo.
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Post by neptune on 28th February 2013, 13:34

if you are putting manure in the mix already, I would be careful of how I mix.......say you were putting 4kgs of cow manure into the mix....then I would halve this and put 2kg of cow and 2kg of worm castings...remember you are looking for a soil balance
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Post by paulh on 1st March 2013, 00:43

neptune wrote:if you are putting manure in the mix already, I would be careful of how I mix.......say you were putting 4kgs of cow manure into the mix....then I would halve this and put 2kg of cow and 2kg of worm castings...remember you are looking for a soil balance

Thanks Neptune... so if I half a 25lt bag of cow manure... say 12lt... I can add about 12lt of worm castings.
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Post by neptune on 1st March 2013, 02:11

sounds good
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Post by paulh on 6th March 2013, 23:56

Interesting find for me... going back some days ago I got the pitch fork out to see what sought of a mission it was going to be to loosen the terribly compacted soil. So I got did the ground to one side of a rose, well yesterday while removing that rose it was noticeable to see that the roots on the side where I loosened the soil had its side roots growing out 2-3 more than the side that was left compacted. Sought of confirms what everyone was saying, with the water not been able to reach where it was needed.
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Post by neptune on 7th March 2013, 00:22

that's why we try and make the soil friable....
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Post by paulh on 7th March 2013, 01:16

neptune wrote:that's why we try and make the soil friable....

thanks matee, I'm learning... all be it slowly

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Post by paulh on 10th March 2013, 01:27

You've got to be joking...I bought a new heavy duty garden fork
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would you believe it... the garden bed is so compacted I've actually bent some of the prongs... flipping unbelievable.. I should of done what roseman suggested and used a crow bar...
I thought my plants had soggy feet... turns out the water just couldn't penetrate the soil... Digger
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Post by neptune on 10th March 2013, 02:07

use water to make the soil soft
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Post by paulh on 10th March 2013, 02:10

neptune wrote:use water to make the soil soft

Now that's an idea
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 10th March 2013, 08:04

Throw your ideas here Paul, we can only try to help Thumbsup
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Post by paulh on 11th March 2013, 00:18

Thanks roseman... as I've posted the soil is so hard and the roots to the roses are so dry, there is virtually no root growth, no wonder things were going poorly. and no wonder my ph levels weren't coming down after I applied sulphur a couple of months ago, when digging out the soil all the sulphur is still visible to the eye, it hasn't broke down at all, I guess with water it couldn't break down. well my finger are crossed and I'm now hoping for a huge improvement.
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Post by AutumnDamask on 11th March 2013, 05:54

You're key will be organic matter. Smile
I need to add way more to my main rose beds too...
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