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What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:01

I've tried builder's buckets (about 15l) with holes drilled in the bottom and got a pretty reasonable crop from 1 tuber per bucket so you should do OK with about 5-6 tubers in containers of that size.

Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:51

Chicky   Lovely trees.  I have to keep them in containers due to the Honey fungus in my garden - have lost several after planting out.

Small container tree

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 18:43

A Japanese Acer palmatum dissectum should fit the bill.

Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 16:43

Have to agree with Welsh Onion.  Most brassicas are biennial and most of the growth comes in the first year after which we eat them.  If left for a second year they go to seed.  They hate being 'checked' by lack of nutrients/light/water so it's important to plant them out as soon as they need it which is (as a rule of thumb) when they have developed 5 true leaves.  Another 'rule of thumb' is to plant them deep so that the soil is level with the base of the lowest leaves.

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 18:57

The 'task' of poring over seed catalogues and deciding what to grow in the coming season closely followed by sowing and regular inspection of several dozen seed trays waiting for the first signs of life.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:00

A few from today.

The ubiquitous G. Rozanne (only a baby):

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63187.jpg?width=350

 

 

Clem. Hagley Hybrid, 2nd (or 3rd?) flush:

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63186.jpg?width=350

 

 

A random dahlia (lots of these still):

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63189.jpg?width=350

 

 

But the star has to be Arctotis Red Devil:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63188.jpg?width=350


  That has flowered non-stop from the spring!

Autumn Colour

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 14:49

My ancient (70ft+) grapevine is pretty spectacular right now: 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63182.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63183.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Other side of the fence (taken from bedroom window):

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63184.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Also some blueberries:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63185.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Excuse the pallets (always a few in my garden) and yes, I do have everything including a kitchen sink out there!

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:48

Hi viola man, are you sure you don't have celandine rather than creeping buttercup?  CB is perennial and definitely doesn't die-back but celandine disappears completely after flowering and the flowers do look almost identical to buttercups.

Nasty looking scale on Christmas Cactus

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:37

Difficult to tell really, but judging by some of the damage elsewhere, it may be due to grazing by slugs/snails which has healed or it may be a fungal infection.  Some slug protection would be advisable and you could try giving them a spray with a general fungicide in case it is the latter.  They are not hardy, so remember to put them somewhere frost-free with plenty of light before the first frost arrives. 

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:27

Hi Stagbeetle, I'd leave as much in the bottom of the roofbox as you and your helpers can lift (which may not be much as water is heavy!) and keep it aside until your new pond is in place, then tip it (or shovel it if a muddy layer) into the bottom of the new pond before filling.  This will give the new pond a massive head start as far as wildlife is concerned.  It will make the water very cloudy for a while of course but it will soon settle.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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