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A few of our bulbs.

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:23

WE grow vast amounts of evrything in pots, and find that bulbs are really very sucessful grown this way - but as with so many modern bulbs, they do not have long lives.  Miniature daffodils have come up year on year for about 7 years, but have now become overcrowded and split - good value as they were inexpensive.  Tulips do well, but I tend to agree with Minty, these daus treat them as annuals, though there are a few in the garden beds that do come back, it is not the rule for us.

You can gow anything in a pot as I have said many times on threads over many years, as long as you are willing to put in the effort it takes to supply all the plants needs - we have and do grow everything from tiny alpines to an oak tree in pots - but we don't go away all summer because of it!! 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:18

Ceanothus are always described as being short lived, but for us this has not been so.  About 12 years ago I bough one with variegated foliage and lovely blue flowers called 'Zanzibar', being assured I would get 2 or 3 years out of it.   It is still going strong, has never become a huge bush as some can do, but flowers beautifully each year.  I prune it very hard in autumn, which is why it has never become big I suppose, and off it goes.  Mind, having said this I have probably put the kiss of death now


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:11

It really depends upon the drainage you have added to the compost in which you sowed them.   If you added things like fine grit, vermiculite or similar, they should be OK, as long as the container also has good drainage holes.  Lifting it up is a good idea.  Covering carrots with horticultural fleece is always a good idea, as it keeps the dreaded carrot fly away - they can't find the carrots then.   If the seeds have got pushed too deeply into the soil by the rain, they may not be able to germinate - but there is plenty of time to resow if this does happen. 

sowing veg seed in plastic guttering

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:08

Never heard of doing things with tap roots in guttering, I imagine it will rapidly become too shallow, and tap rooted things don't much care to be transplanted on the whole.  Peas and probably some beans respond well to this as you can just slide the gutter full of seedlings and compost into a ready prepared trench. Let us know how you get on?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:06

It's pouring again, has been all morning, at least no hail thank goodness, soft hosta leaves did not respond well to that! Everything is green - including me - the robin has developed gills,  the grass is as high as an elephants eye, and there is not way to get out there to cut it.  On the other hand, the reservoir is filling, we never had a hose ban and surely won't now - now it is getting windy.  I can't swim, and hate water -  please let the sun come out. 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:02

They do need lots of good drainage so it sounds as if you have that right.  They need as much light and warmth as they can get, the harder you grow them the better the oils in the leaves and thus the better perfume and taste you get.

When we visit our friend in the very south Spain we walk among hot dry dunes and so forth, where the rosemary just is stunningly good - no soil to speak of, no rain for most of the year - the perfume is glorious.  Guess that is what they like then. 

Dieing seedling

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:53

If they were on the floor and water was getting into the greenhouse, they may also have got cold - young seedlings do not like this at all.  As evryone else has said, warmth, moisture not wetness, light - lots of light, were they getting that at floor level?  I know that greenhouses need elastic walls at this time of year, it gets difficult to give everything ideal conditions.   I tend to keep older larger plants on the floor (my g/h is paved all through) and the upper warmer areas for young things. 

french beans in tubs

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:50

The half & half  loam and general purpose mixture is what I use for beans in tubs or other containers, with a good handful of vermiculite to help drainage - this has been sucessful for many years - however, it does not keep the slugs nor the sparrows away from them!!

Montana wilt?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:48

It is almost unheard of for the montana group to suffer from clematis wilt, more likely to be wet feet or something nasty in the soil of which yoy are unaware.  Slugs love to lick the bark from clematis stems, once ringed they die down as you have described, certainly a good suspect. 


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:46

My magnolia stellata has not actually died, quite - but there is not a sign of a single flower thisy yar, and it is usually covered.   Will give it much TLC, feeeding etc as possible this year, but am beginning to have my doubts about its long term future having read these posts. 

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