Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
I would appreciate any information members can give me about some bags of compost that were supplied to me by one of the gardeners we have employed. It is called Bullrush Growing Excellence 'Crop Specific Substrate' and I initially used it as a mulch but found that it dried out on the surface and did not absorb water applied to the surface, by either rain or watering can. I was told by one of the gardeners that it probably contained peat, not suitable for using as a mulch but should be dug in.
Incidentally, our experience of using 'professional' gardeners has been quite depressing - out of the four we tried, only one could justify the name 'gardener' and unfortunately she has suffered a nervous breakdown and won't be available in the future for more work.
So, we've decided to go it alone by using the internet to select suitable species for our small woodand garden and doing the planting ourselves.
The question of the right procedure for planting seems to be to dig a hole larger than the pot and release the plant from the pot and tease out any roots that are following the outline of the pot. Prepare a planting mix consisting of 50% soil dug out from the hole, 50% compost and I wonder if this would be a good use for the Bullrush product I mentioned earlier. To the mix should be added some Bonemeal, and a general fertiliser such as Growmore.
After gently pressing down the planting mix, each plant should be watered with the entire contents of a 2 gallon watering can.
Judging by the methods used by the gardeners we employed, this is overkill as they seemed concerned only with the speed of the job and dug the minimum sized hole and popped the plant in straight away as it came from the pot and trod it in.
I'd be very interested to have your comments about the points I have raised about the Bullrush product and the planting technique as we now have upwards of 150 plants and bulbs to deal with and I'm hoping that our decison to go the DIY route will give us a better understanding of the plants and a greater interest in their welfare.
- 8 Oct, 2010