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Growing organically from seed & container gardening

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 18:47
Deano's "Diggin It" wrote (see)

Slight contradiction to "Addicts" advise!



They take up a lot of room!




Um... that was the point Deano. He only has a tiny veg patch. If he grows them in the veg patch there will be no room for anything else and they take a long time before they are ready to harvest which means he can't plant anything else in there. Better to have a few in big containers so crops in veg patch can be harvested and other veg or more of the same planted.

BTW love your veg garden 

red spider mite

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 16:29

The easiest thing to do is put the plants outside for the summer. The predators can get at them then. Spraying anything on them in the conservatory would undoubtably scorch the leaves and affect the flowers because of the heat.

Wait for a rainy day. It will freshen them up too. 

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 15:34

OUCH!  From the pic it looks like light coming in enough to get flowers lower down and this one does about 12 ft. Much pettier than the Hagley hybrid or Nelly Moser that grow in shade. They always look a bit wishwashy to me. You planning on any shrubs  there?   Weigela white knight would grow. You could have a mini Sissinghurst going on  White with a hint of....

Require some help identifying a tree.

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:33

Ginko biloba. Not too keen on being pruned and wants to be 100ft!

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:25

Not sure if holly tall enough for Clematis montana Elizabeth. If not what about this one

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:10

Yes. Have to say a bit weedy. Looks better climbing in amongst something else. You thinking up the trellis or up a tree?

My muse has deserted me ...

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 11:32

How about Lamium white nancy and tiarella for the bank



 Was just looking for a pic of white nancy to post but this one with the tiarella caught my eye and it too thrives in dry shade. There are also Astrantia and Epimediums both will grow in those conditions and don't forget Hostas too!

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 21:04

Tried to dig some out once and they had disappeared under the foundations of the house!!!! But they are  beautiful even if they are thugs. 

Growing organically from seed & container gardening

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:34

Carrots do really well in containers because there are no stones/lumps/debris to grow round or get in the way. They will be lush, long and straight. Spinach will last longer as potting compost holds more water so they will be less likely to run to seed. Kale and broccoli will be easier to protect from cabbage white caterpillars if grown in pots so invest in some fleece to cover them to keep butterflies off.

I would put your quick croppers in the ground...raddishes, salad leaves etc. Then you can keep planting as you harvest. 

Beetroot either or.

Japanese Anemone

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:19

If they have been in a while Daisy the roots go well deep. Takes some digging to get them out which is why you may end up with them still growing where they are.

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