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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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comment Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?
@J.Musser. There you go then, the all important bit is 'parts must die to build soil'...
Oct
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comment Pumpkins survive and continue to produce but fruit went rotten after some development
Did you raise the large pumpkins off the ground on a piece of card or something? Was the ground quite wet around the larger pumpkins?
Oct
4
comment Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?
@J.Musser: I bet you know the answer to that already, if you think for a minute - forests are allowed to retain the fallen leaves on the ground - they rot down and contribute to the soil. Equally, grasslands are left to their own devices and dead vegetation rots back down. Death does serve a very useful purpose in the world, to the still living, or at least, the decomposition process does.
Oct
4
comment Should I remove the suckers from the base of my new tree?
What tree is it, I mean the name of the plant, trying to work out if that's a sucker at the bottom or whether this tree isn't even grafted, though it looks suspiciously like it is. The name would help...
Oct
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revised What are the names of these two succulent plants?
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answered Do any plants add nutrients back into the soil as they grow?
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revised Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?
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answered Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?
Oct
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comment What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?
I'll echo Kevinsky's question - phosphorus shortage usually only occurs on agricultural land, but it might be that wherever you are, its naturally short in the soil.
Oct
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answered Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?
Oct
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revised Which is this plant with purple flowers and elongated, opposite leaves?
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answered Which is this plant with purple flowers and elongated, opposite leaves?
Oct
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comment What is this large plant with spikes of hot pink bracts and lavender, trumpet shaped flowers, that's growing in South Africa?
@J.Musser - I've got a phrase ringing round my head with the words 'grandma' 'eggs' and suck in it;-) I still don't know what it actually is though, would love to touch those bracts to see what they're like...
Oct
1
comment Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?
@J.Musser. No idea, be surprised if it is, that's been around for yonks and hasn't affected tree ferns in particular - so many new infectons and new forms of phytophthera though, more being discovered all the time.
Oct
1
comment Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?
OP says more than one fern affected, and that they've been where they are for a very long time, so unlikely to be merely weather damage, which would rarely cause sudden die back as described.
Oct
1
comment Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?
Erm, not relevant for this question really, is it, quoting a previous answer of mine? Excessive sun and wind usually only cause frazzling on the ends, not complete die back, which is why I don't mention the sun thing...
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