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What to grow in pots?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 00:29

Those size pots will be fine for tomatoes or strawberries.  The smaller the pot, the more you will have to keep an eye on watering, but they are certainly big enough for one plant per pot.  If you buy strawberry plants which are already growing well in smaller pots (garden centres often have these) they will bear some fruit this year but it's too late to plant bare-root strawberries.  Similarly, look for young tomato plants which are already about 15-20cm tall.  Both will need feeding (liquid tomato feed is good for both) about once a fortnight, but don't start feeding until the flowers appear.  Strawberries can be kept in the same pot for about 3 years with the best crop coming in the second year.  If growing tomatoes outdoors, they will need some protection from the cold nights we are having in the UK at the moment (eg bring indoors or cover with fleece each night.)

Propagating and Growing Bilberries

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 22:44

I have a couple of young bilberry plants I bought last year in large containers of ericaceous compost and which look to be doing well.  I understand their crop is per plant considerably less than a similarly sized blueberry plant, so will be trying to propagate more from cuttings.  Bilberry seeds need cold stratification and may take a long time to germinate, so don't give up if nothing appears.  I'd be tempted to sow them in a mixture of your acid soil and lime-free compost and then leave in a cold frame until something happens.  Some good info here:

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_bilberry.htm

My houseplants have scale - please help!!!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 22:32

As long as you spray the leaves when there is no-one in the room and don't touch the plants until the spray has dried I would say there is as close to zero danger as it is possible to get.

My houseplants have scale - please help!!!

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:59

Because it is an indoor plant you can use a systemic insecticide like Provado ultimate bug killer as there will be no chance of it affecting bees.  Systemics are taken up by the plant and go into the sap which the scale insects feed on.  It is the only guaranteed way to completely clear a bad infestation.

Talkback: 10 ways to deter carrot root fly

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 20:48

Hi stephaniejane, they are very small (4-5mm) and look like this:

http://www7.inra.fr/hyppz/IMAGES/7032840.jpg

 

cucumber and toms

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 19:54

Hi jen, what size pots are they in at the moment?

Mangetout seedlings: 'pinching' and dying

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 18:49

If the temperature in the greenhouse is getting very high, some seedlings will do this, particularly plants which don't need high temperatures like peas.  Make sure you have all of the vents and door open during the day - an unvented greenhouse can get extermely hot (over 50C with ease), even at this time of the year.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 00:33

Sungold every time for me.  It's a much stronger grower, crops earlier and heavier and is more disease resistant then GD, but perhaps only if your prefer sweeter tomatoes but still with that 'real' tomato flavour.  For a red, an improved cultivar over GD is available from Australian stock called 'Tommy Toe'.  It is less prone to splitting then GD and has better disease resistance.  I couldn't taste any difference in flavour when I tried it.

Weird cavity wall flower bed problem

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 00:19

You probably want 'topsoil' which you can buy in those large 'tonne' bags from builders merchants like Wickes.  Ask at your DIY centre as they may well supply them to order.  The tonne bags hold about a cubic metre.  Those sort of places will also deliver any quantity of large bags (eg 70l) of multi-purpose compost and I'd mix some of that with the topsoil (say, 5 parts topsoil to 1 part compost.)  Note that most MP compost is of low quality these days, so if you are happy with the stuff you get from the DIY centre, I'd stick with it!

Weird cavity wall flower bed problem

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 21:19

I'd dig the whole thing out and remove the breeze block 'inner wall'.  The blocks should break off fairly easily with a large hammer and chisel, especially once you remove the first few.  Alternatively, you could try planting some other things (like your saxifrage) which appreciate poor soil and good drainage in the outer part.  Thyme and other similar 'mediterranean' herbs would likely grow well there and the bees would love them.

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