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(130 micron nominal)
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10 litre re-seal
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Diatomite is an organic product
mined locally in New Zealand and
is proven to improve moisture
retenton, act as a fertliser carrier
and improve Caton Ion Exchange
Diatoms are the fossilised bodies
of microscopic plankton. The voids
inside the hollow skeleton can hold
up to 2 tmes their own weight in
water. In additon the diatoms act
as a sponge for nutrients rather
than allowing rapid leaching from
It also provides macro nutrients
including amorphous (or plant
available) silicon, phosphorous,
sulphur, calcium, iron, zinc and is a
rich source of humic and fulvic acid.
Black DiatomiteTM also provides
carbon to the soil to build
microbiological acton and is a rich.
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By TRISH MACKENZIE
Daffodils grow perennially from bulbs and in
temperate climates they are amongst the
earliest flowers to bloom in spring.
Planting depth, as a general rule,
needs to be three times their
height. This means large bulbs
should have a depth of 6-8 inches, a
medium size 3-6 inches and a
smaller size 2-3 inches. Always
remember that the load of soil
proves helpful in protecting the
bulbs from breaking too easily and in
keeping them upright for a longer
If this fact is ignored and enough
depth is not given, the daffodil will
bend down very soon. Though
daffodil blooms will come in bigger
clumps, the bulbs and flowers will be
Handy steps to growing daffodils:
Choose a well-drained, sunny
place, with a slightly acidic soil.
Plant your Daffodils so that their
top (pointed end) is at least two
times as deep as the bulb is high
(top of a 2" bulb is 4" deep).
Plant bulbs deeper in sandy soil
than in clay.
High-nitrogen fertilisers should
Daffodils need lots of water while
they are growing.
After blooming, never cut the
foliage until it begins to turn
This is then the time to dig them.
Wash the bulbs thoroughly and
let them dry completely (at least
Put them in onion sacks (or
panty hose) and hang them in
the coolest place you can find
until they re ready to plant. Good
air circulation will keep the
storage rot at a minimum.
Daffodil plant care:
Like most perennials, Daffodils
will do well with regular watering
while they are actively growing
Mulch can be tremendously
helpful for Daffodils to conserve
The best thing you can do for
your Daffodil bulbs is to provide
them with rich, well-drained soil
with lots of organic matter in it.
Most organic bulb fertilisers can
be placed right into the planting
hole because they re very gentle
Since a Daffodil is a perennial,
every 5 to 10 years, divide the
clumps of bulbs in early summer.
Containing the joy of Spring
Spring is here, so the TV weatherman tells me, although as I look out of the
window at the grey clouds, driving rain, and the sight of the lady next door
picking her laundry up from the muddy ground yet again, before heading
indoors to start the cleaning cycle all over, - You could have fooled me!
By COLIN MORRISON
Spring is supposed to be a time when
the garden springs to life, when all
those colourful flowers spring up
from the warming soil.
However, as usual, our garden is bare
because I forgot to plan ahead, and buy
bulbs and seedlings to plant well ahead of
their show time.
But all is not lost; spring is an excellent
time to put together a container display
of stunning flowers.
Tables at nurseries are stacked high with
all sorts of seasonal spring flowers which
can be used in container planting,
including potted bulbs, such as tulips,
hyacinths and daffodils.
Decide what sort of plants you would like
and plan how your container will look
once everything is showing.
Next select your container, the larger the
container, the more likely it is that your
plants will live to tell the tale. You have to
water larger pots much less often,
because the more soil there is, the more
water it can retain.
Also, by using a larger pot, it will give you
a greater leeway in fertilising and
watering. Make sure that your container,
whatever shape or size, has drainage
holes in the bottom.
Next the container needs to be filled; it is
a great idea to carry this out where the
container is going to be placed as once
filled with potting mix etc, it can be
exceedingly heavy -- so plan ahead.
Most potting mixes have very few
nutrients included, which plants need to
grow well, so these nutrients will need to
be added to the soil. In container
gardening, nutrients included in the
original potting soil are either quickly
used by the plants, or else are washed out
of the container with repeated watering.
Fertilising container gardens regularly is
a key to their success. There are a whole
range of fertilisers available to choose
from, and garden centres will be pleased
to offer advice.
When planning a container garden, be
sure to consider the proportions of plants
A large container full of short plants can
look stunted, try to have at least one
plant that is as tall as the container, plant
long stemmed flowers in the centre and
also try plants which will spill over the
An added bonus of container gardens is
that the weeds are easier to control
which will give you more time for
planning next year s garden.
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