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#1 of 3 Old 09-18-2008, 09:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I planted some giant yellow scabiosa in the summer. I mulched around them with straw heavily saturated with manure. They never flowered but grew a lot of leaves. I have since learned that a lot of nitrogen will do this to perennials.

Without removing the mulch ('cause that would be too much work) what can I add to neutralize the effect of all that manure? Would wood ash do it? I'll have lots of that over the winter.

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I don't think you will have to neutralize it. A year in the ground should help even out the nitrogen level. You will probably be able to nourish it normally next year, with a little compost or a light organic fertilizer. Ime, a little extra leafy growth in the first year is probably a good thing, as opposed to flowering it's head off kwim? Good luck!
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thank you! that's what I wanted to hear

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