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My spinach in pots has two long leaves each at the moment. Any tips for what to do next?
I have bought a organic grow bag and I have cut x holes in the top and planted lettuce and herbs. I have tomatoe plants waiting to go in when the weather is warmer. I have also planted herbs and strawberries in a planter. I am going to try to remember to water them each day but I usually end up with half a dozen tiny strawberries and about 3 tomatoes per plant. I even manage to kill off the herbs however, chives is my 1 success. Any tips? If I am able to be slightly more successful I might venture to introduce another veg next year :)
Remember to place the grow bag in a sunny area and do need water them every day especially in the summer. Agree - Chieves are easy to grow and they can last for years.
I've got my broad beans in pots this year. I have grown tomatoes & cucumbers in pots as well as spring onions & salad leaves. I grew potatoes in bags last year & have got some on the go this year too. I have strawberries in a hanging basket & in pots too. Last year we were picking the strawberries every day throughout the summer. They were lovely. Coz my garden is small I try to make use of every available space. It is filled with pots. My husband & kids always take the mick out of me for having so many pots :) (mind, they all enjoy the produce that comes from them) Ramblingange, make sure you use good compost, especially if you are growing stuff in pots & make sure they gat watered even if it has been raining. IWhen I've planted my veg in my pots I water them then mulch them to keep the moisture in. Seems to work for me.Good luck with your strawberries & veg. I grow herbs in numerous pots & my chives were bought in Asda & I planted them in betweed the paving slabs.
I've not grown veg before but this year my wife who hasn't had any interest in gardening before decided that she would have a go! I have built her two raised beds out of wood offcuts from other projects around the garden. So far she has peas, carrots and spring onions planted. It will be interesting to see how she gets on with it. I have suggested to her that if she enjoys it she can takeover our front garden and design and plant it as she wants! Cheers Higgy


The dwarf runner bean, "Hestia" gives a great yield in a pot and looks lovely enough to grace any front door. Veg. that need more depth of soil like carrots can be grown successfully in the slatted wooden fruit boxes you can acquire for the taking away at your local fruit and Pots of herbs like parsley, basil, coriander from your grocers late in the season for half price ,when well watered and divided, will develop into huge plants to give you herbs for the rest of the year. Much cheaper than trying to grow from seed as those plants are well grown in heat and none will be lost to slugs. How do I know so much about growing in containers when I have such a large garden? I've had to share it for long spells with a "football pitch" or a badminton court or even an athletic track depending on whether my sons or daughters laid claim to it. But, despite using up my growing land to play on, I still managed to feed them fresh veg. and fruit from it with containers in every corner.
I have got my L plates on and need some help with growing potatoes in a bag. Can someone tell me do I cover the new shoots with more soil etc! I am enjoying reading all the blogs, but so far haven't found the one I need, ha ha
panlids - yes keep covering the new shoots with compost until you get near the top of the bag then let them grow and they will flower. I grew potatoes for the first time in bags last year and it was very easy.
I've grown potatos in bags this year but i've put shredded paper at the bottom to keep the compost moist with some fertilizer mixed in with the bottom layer of compost. I've didn't do that last year so we will see if it makes any difference even though i had a good crop last year but make sure you keep them well watered to get a good crop.
I have only 2 small vegetable plots in my garden [for broad beans, runner beans, courgettes,squash and marrow] so grow lots of things in containers. One of my water barrels split in all that cold weather - a friend cut it in half for me and now I am growing potatoes in the 2 halves. I have several old recycling boxes in which I am growing Meteor peas, sugar snap peas, beetroot, garlic and Swiss Chard. 2 of the deeper swing top kitchen bins now contain garlic and a smaller tub has dwarf purple bobby beans.In another square bin is spinach and more potatoes in sacks. Wooden half barrel is herb garden and more herbs in smaller tubs. Strawberries in hanging baskets do well. I keep my 2 small greenhouses for tomatoes, chillies and salad leaves so with all my containers I can grow much more.
i've a decent size garden but always feel i haven't enough space so i bought some decent size containers and have grown carrots, beetroot, onions, brocoli (need netting, to stop cabbage white's) with great success, they just need regular watering.
Great reading all your comments! I also have very small garden so mine is also covered in pots of diff sizes depending what im growing.Its my first time tho with spuds in bags..ive noted all comments and hopefully will have good yields!My water butt is dry now so having to use tap but add feed weekly,thank god ive a water meter!! Happy Gardening.
Nice to see all you budding growers making the most of the space. I have potatoes growing in compost bags. I empty 2/3rds of the compost out and roll down the top of the bag, plant potatoes in then water and keep banking up when the green growth shows through. Did this last year and had a lovely batch of spuds, saves buying specialist bags / planters too (I used a sharp knife to punch drain holes in the bags before planting the potatoes. Have also got 2 types of carrots, parsnips, lettuce, cabbage, peas, beans and strawberrys growing. As I said to my hubby, we have the makings of a Sunday lunch growing in the back garden, only need the meat to go with it! I have only had a garden for the last 3 years and I find it most rewarding to see your hard work come together and flourish. I planted a pear tree last year, but not sure when I will get any fruits, it is still quite small and young, looking forward to that yielding fruit.
Previously I grew tomatoes quite successfully, so this year I have decided to grow beetroot, spring onions and a pumpkin. So far all seedilings but the pumpkin have come through. Does anyone have any advice with things to look out for?


Lovely that the growing season is here once more, I have made a start on my veggie crops, like everyone else having to grow in pots and in amongst my flowers as I love the flowers to lift my mood, tulips have been wonderful, but vine weeval have been rampant so have purchased nematoads to deal with them so what ever you have in pots keep an eye for these evil beetles and their grubs.
I'm hoping someone can give me some advice and answer some rather stupid questions - but this is all new to me, so apologies in advance! I now have a couple of raised beds and I've sown lettuce, carrots, parnsips and beetroot. I've also planted onions (from sets) and garlic. How often do I water the seeds? I'm not sure whether I do it every day or every few days. And how often do I water the onions/garlic? Thank you
We have a small garden and I use everything I can get my hands on as a container!Morrisons shopping bags are ideal planters,hardwearing and come with handles to move easily.Just make holes in bottom for drainage,fill with compost and you are away.They come in 3 sizes,cheap and have pictures of leeks on!
I'm a first time vegetable grower and have planted some tomatoes in containers in my garden. Some of the leaves have yellowing spots on them, and wondered whether any one could explain what this is, and what I can do?
If the leaves are mottled it could be a virus called mosiac virus, if so there is nothing you can do but destroy the affected plant or if the leaves have purplish brown patches underneath the with the yellow spots on the top of the leafe it could be tomato leaf mould it can be treated by removing some of the lower leaves and prevent by ventilating the greenhouse at night. good luck and give up BobbyD68