Turn Your Hydrangeas Blue
For bluer hydrangeas, work enough ammonium sulfate into the soil to achieve a pH of about 5.0. Prefer pink? Add lime to the soil to raise the pH.
Which End Is Up?
Confused about which end of your bulb is up? In most cases, the pointy end of a bulb should point up, and the rounded end should face downward.
Fireplace wood Ash
Wood ash is a valuable source of potash. If you were to buy it bagged as fertilizer, the bag would be marked 0-1-8. Remember that wood ash is very alkaline. Don't add it to soil used to grow acid-loving plants, and when using wood ash you do not need to add lime. About 10 pounds per 100 square feet is a good quantity. Work into the top 3 inches or so of soil. If storing wood ash for use in the garden, use a container so that rain will not leach away the potash. A metal trash can is a good choice -- never use a flammable container!
Bone Meal as a Bulb Fertilizer
Many gardeners swear by bone meal as a bulb fertilizer,
but did you know that the phosphorus in bone meal is
unavailable to the bulbs unless the soil temperature is
50F or higher? Save the bone meal for your summer
bulbs, and use a more soluble source of phosphorus for
your spring bulbs.
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