Now is the time to plant your autumn seeds for flowers, vegetables and bulbs.
When the night temperatures drop to 16″c I recommend planting your winter and spring bulbs, flowers and vegetable seeds.
The best results can be acheived by preparing the soil first.
Depending on the varieties you want to plant you have to do a pH test of the soil. For acid loving plants the pH can be about 5.5 -6.5. This is for azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Ixoras and Gardenias.
If your plants are yellow all over you should check the pH as this may need adjusting to release the required nutrients.
I have already planted many varieties of vegetables and flowers. I bought some cheap garden soil thinking I will just mix it in with the existing soil and that will be okay.
Wrong Wrong wrong! Nothing happened. The seed leaves emerged straight away due to the moisture and growing medium; but then the plants just didn’t grow. My pH reading was 10.5 of the pH scale. Outside the limit for plant growth.
You get what you pay for and now I have more work on my hands. So much for short cuts. A highly alkaline soil of 10.5. This may suit Sweet Peas but not pansies.
The pH is stopping the plants receivng the nutrients they need.
Most plants prefer a neutral pH of 6-7 but Sweet Peas like highly alkaline soils and so they are growing well.
I will adjust the soil with some garden sulphur for the soil (Not the sulphur for spraying foliage) and add some nice acidic compost to adjust it slowly and keep testing weekly to check results.