Chris 11

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Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:01

Grew my late-autumn planted garlic in patio tubs last year and it was very successful.

As long as the modules are deep enough to get some decent root development, I think it's a viable option.

Talkback: Elephant hawk moth

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 11:07

 Saw a lovely elephant hawkmoth sitting on one of my chilli plants back in mid-June.


Posted: 21/08/2014 at 11:04

Agree with Fairygirl. August so far has been colder and less sunny than would be ideal, just when the tomatoes (and chillies, courgettes etc) would have really benefited from it.

Probably explains lower yields, smaller tomatoes, slower and delayed ripening.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 10:56

Minipops just starting to show tassles, so will probably be ready soon, first time I've grown them.

Swifts are not ready and would have benefited from a sunnier August than we have had so far. Heavy rain and wind didn't help as the ground was already saturated during windy conditions which led to them toppling instead of staying strong and upright like previous years.

Can I use Tomorite to feed my lawn?

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 10:34

Lawn feed would have a higher nitrogen content than tomato feeder. Any basic lawn feed at the right concentration and spread will do the job, as would any suitable high nitrogen product at the right dilution.


spring onions

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:48

Growing in pots or containers will help with drainage.

I don't think onions are heavy feeders, so you could try stopping or reducing that.

The Onion family likes a pH environment closer to neutral, so you could try watering with tap water rather than more acidic rain water.

Potatoes in containers very poor yield

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:27

Also the pH environment the potatoes are growing in?

Potatoes prefer a lower, more acidic pH, ideally around 5.5, which is about the same as rain water, which is where ground grown potatoes will be getting most of their moisture from.

Tap water is much more neutral or slightly alkaline, so might have an effect, if that's what you've been using, or if the water butts have run dry.


Potatoes in containers very poor yield

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 11:17

Could be a variety of things.

Too much nitrogen if you've been feeding them with the wrong type of food would lead to lots of green growth and not many potatoes, similar to what happens with closely related tomatoes and chillies. Might have done better with some finely broken up garden soil mixed in with the multi purpose compost, and feeding with tomato type food to increase the P and K your potatoes have available.

The most likely reason could be lack of deep watering. It's been a pretty dry spring and summer, with only occasional heavy down pours that would have really soaked your containers. Unlike ground planted, potato bags or containers will dry out at the bottom through the drainage holes. I've put loads of water in the top of my potato bags without seeing any drainage out the bottom, so at least occasionally I keep watering until I'm sure they're really soaked.

Depending on the varieties, is there any chance it's still too early for lifting, especially for main crops?

Peppers/chillies or lack of

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:53

Your plants look very healthy, and that's a possible explanation.

If they were potted up while they still had plenty of room, and have had plenty of water and food, then the plants will be focusing all their energies on lush green growth and getting bigger. That might explain your plants being slightly later in flowering and fruiting.

Don't go too far the other way, I don't agree with some people thinking they should let the plants wilt and starve to provoke them into last ditch survival attempts to produce fruit and therefore seed. Get the right balance, no need for physiological damage that will harm the plant.

But possibly reduce the watering and stop the feeding until flowers and fruit start forming. One good watering will probably be better than both day and night. Apart from very hot days, it's ok to let the compost partly dry out in between.




worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:53

Phillipa....yes, same principle of course. And both count towards your five a day.

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