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Old 25-09-2007, 07:17 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Default is wood ericaceous?

On Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:19:08 +0100, Charlie Pridham

In article,

I want to fill in a small pond and plant blueberries, as suggested by El
Flowerdew. Thought of builders' rubble for filling but it's probably limey
and I don't know where to get any. Would it be a good idea to use the
branches that blew off the sycamore tree?



If you mean is the shredded composted wood acidic rather than alkaline
then yes it is.

Yes but...

I get the impression from the OP that she wants to use just the
branches, presumably shredded. That wouldn't be a particularly
satisfactory medium for growing anything. If it's only a small pond,
then her best bet would be to get some bags of ericaceous compost from
her local garden centre, and bulk it out with composted shredded wood
as you suggest. If the shreddings are relatively fresh, they will
deprive the compost of nitrogen and the blueberries won't thrive. They
must be well composted to break them down first.


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