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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.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:17

Apples have particularly healthy and life-affirming properties when consumed in the form of cider.



Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 12:27

Roma are a bush variety, but most 'Roma' around now are likely to be the 'Roma VF' variety.

They are indeterminate or more accurately semi-determinate, which means they are stocky plants growing to around 4ft tall. They will be self-limiting, so probably won't need you to pinch out the top shoot. Will probably still need support.


Growing chilies

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 12:51

Good advice from KevinM, and my experience is very similar.

Biggest problem for me in the greenhouse has been aphids, and I've found this very helpful:

I have a Numex Twilight which overwintered, but aphids are holding it back from really getting going again this year. I try to avoid chemicals, but the squishing is time-consuming and fiddly, especially because the aphids hide in the smallest leaves at the top, not just the easier to squish ones on the bigger leaves.

Just about keeping them in check though, and hopefully this years new chillies will not get too affected. But you have to be vigilante and deal with them regularly, on greenhouse plants in particular, they can reproduce very quickly!

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:41

Jim Macd, very good explanation.

Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 10:27

Yellow Stuffer and Tigerella have both done well outdoors.

Last year when we had some very hot spells, the ones outside did as well as the ones in the greenhouse.

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