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Posted: 30/08/2013 at 20:30

Lupins are due to be potted up tomorrow, I have about 30 and I'm wondering what size pots to overwinter, any ideas. 

Also my pansies have true leaves so they are going to be potted for winter, what size pots???

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 20:25

Thanks verdun. Yes only carrots and they did Well and didn't suffer with pests. I really hoped I could use this for my carrots again but maybe not you think??

I know I want potatos carrots tomato and climbing French beans in tubs next year. Can any of those go back into this compost if I mix together and fertilise with ??????



Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:43

Love dahlias, my cuttings rooted easily this spring, i managed to pot on 357 self collected seed for my parents and they have an incredible mixed show. Def a must for next Year. Do cheap when you save tubers or set your own seed. I hope I keep my mini dahlia and we bought a new red one this year I am in love with, I hope I keep it through the winter. See pictures...

large ball red one


small red one(hence my name)


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:32

I stole one from my dads bed, oops!!! It was self sown and his looked Doo good enmass. No idea of variety but its a purple/lilac

Revitalise spent compost - how??

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 23:28

Hi all I am thinking ahead for next year.... This year I had tubs with potato, some French beans, carrots, tomato. 


what I need to know is how to revitalise this for next year???? The carot bed was a big cement tub 4ft x2ft by 2.5ft deep. This was spent compost, new compost and sand. I dont really want to waste this mix especially as the sand sealant cheap. What should I do??

the beans, potato and soon I will have tomato spent, how can I revitalise???


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 19:09

I seem to get blight so before I hachange ce I chopped off my tops and left the tatties In the ground blight didn't hit us this year!!! Yay!!! I would burn or bin tops and keep compost away from veg or tomatoes. I try not to water my tops I water soil to stop the humidity issue that people says brings on blight!!


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 22:55

All sowed recently. Lupins showing signs of second leaf, pansies will be ready to prick in a week. Nothing else has germinated yet As they were sown on day of the post. My grand ideas are bigger than my 5ft x3ft plastic greenhouse!!!

i have cuttings and baby plants of more astrantia, fuschia, gayser, lythrum,scabious, coreopsis too. Hope they will overwinter as baby plants!!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:37

In my pop up greenhouse I now have seed trays of 

verbena rigida


coreopsis sunrise

Green wizard rudbeckia 



scabiosa Beaujolais bbonnets 


and poss something else. Am

i mad to sow now, I was bored and I love pottering. I had deadheaded, weeded and edged and with nothing left I hit the 2012 collected seeds. Will I regret my actions or love it. Bearing in mind I have cuttings on the go and 3 trays of pansies germinated. (Looking like a green carpet but only seed leaves not true leaf yet!!)



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:25

oooh interesting!!!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:06

If the tuber is squashy next year then don't set it. Just keep frost free and dark. Then pray they make it through! 

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