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* Red Dahlia *

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Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 14:20
Well I Agree totally but we only had a concrete patch of 10ft square and the wood we had access to was this size. We put and across to access it! I wish I had more space but not at the back, we only have a small back garden but most of our space is at the front. I haven't yet look to change this to veg as I'm worried it will make the front of the house look messy. If I knew how to put a picture on here I would show you my garden.

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 12:01
Carrots I think, it's easy to fleece then fine net for carrot fly. Sorry for sounding like a non gardener but its really the first year that I will want to plant up 'properly' last year was all last minute as we didn't get my raised bed and tubs in till June!!!

What would you add for carrots?? It's a mixture of spent tomato and spend perenial compost that I used to start my plants while I was creating beds in my lawn.

I'm hoping that all the fibrous roots etc have composted over winter.

To hand I have sand that I used with seed soil. Could I use some of my raised bed soil with compost And sand?? How deep do you think for carrots like early Nantes.


Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 11:47
Fingers crossed then!!!!'

Any ideas for used compost would be great. I used some to mulch my perennials but have so much left. Could I improve it and use for any veg???

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 00:10
My soil is not sandy but not clay. We bought 6 tonnes of graded tip soil in. The fact my greens have loved it makes me think that it's a tad too heavy for carrots.

I know it sounds weird but I bought a dog bath, about 1.5ft wide by 4 ft and nearly 2 ft deep. I'm wondering if this could be a good carrot bed??

At the moment I have used compost stored in it. Do you think I could do anything with used compost to plant my carrots in or is this completely the wrong soil??

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 23:27
My dad has sworn by the dobbies varieties for the last 3 years in his raised beds and they have been amazing for him!

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 23:25
Ditto!! I tried dobbies carrots called Trevor and maestro as they are amazing and good resistance to fly. But mine looked amazing but put down not much root. I'm wondering if it was because my soil was new.

I have heard about giant flax or facks but wonder if anyone had grown these in raised beds.

I'm looking for a fast maturing carrot that is a good cropper.


Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 22:06
Thankyou Chica. I'm looking for a compact spring cabbage. Any ideas?? Sometimes I think when I buy 6/8 plants they are so expensive, seeds are economical but take more time!!!

Raised beds and pots

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 20:45
Hi Had a raised bed put in last year. Approx 8x8ft and 3ft deep. We planted carrots cabbage and leeks. The greens shot up but the carrots were all top and no root! Just wondered if anyone could suggest high yield compact veg for the raised beds or buckets and tubs around the garden. The only thing I know I want are climbing French beans, I have seed ready and hoping 2 builders buckets and canes will see an ok yield this year. Please feel free to suggest any veg or space saving ideas. Thankyou in anticipation.

Save my plant - Frost Damage

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 14:23
Thankyou!! Just looks so sorry for itself. Would post a picture but not sure how!!

Save my plant - Frost Damage

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 13:58
It's just that the leaves are drooping and as its only young I'm worried about it going too far. When its warmer what would you suggest to do. How much do I remove. Sorry it's about 1 ft tall by 2ft wide. I'm worried I will end up with a low wide plant and I actually wanted it taller than it is now.

It was a very proud purchase and wasn't cheap. I really want a variegated version too! Thanks

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