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Spuds in containers help

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 18:56

Hi fellow Gardeners,

Due to busy job I am growing spuds, (Sharpes Express and Valor) in containers for the first time instead of growing in the ground . They are doing well but tips/suggestions would be most welcome!

Fertilization, watering, harvesting ect...there seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there on the web!

Super savvy ideas thread

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 20:29


Logan- good idea! Anything that can stop slugs and snails gets my vote, and making use of milk cartons is good as well- I only use them as emergency sowing pots when I've run out so nice idea to have something more useful out of them!

Are the light levels okay going through the plastic? I suppose I could use empty clear pop bottles as well?

Toms-- pot or growbag?

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:41

I always use pots as they take up less floor space used and pots allow for deeper root systems to grow. My father used to use growbags when he got elderly to save on digging and he always had good crops, so I guess there is little difference in end results.

Lemone, green house shopping, sounds fun I would love a wooden greenhouse, think they are more visually pleasing. That said I guess more expensive....mind you its something worth spending on!

Super savvy ideas thread

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:34

What interesting ideas;

I like the idea of saving scraps in a bag; My garden is too small to have a compost bin, and the waiting list for the local allotments is longer than the list of broken promises from politicians 

TC, I like what you have done with your strawberry planter- I was possibly looking at growing the "salad" items in something a little like that; plants which don't need massive amounts of space- lettuce, radishes what not.

New Allotmenteer- That looks like a good system; I was possibly thinking of one on a timer so it can water if I am working late ect...

Did the plants benefit and what was the set up cost?

Thanks for all the contributions!

I tried a "bottle tower" last year but it wasn't great to be truthful, really only good for lettuce...worth trying but didn't really work all that well.

Super savvy ideas thread

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 10:25

Hi Blue,

That's a super idea, especially with those that have little window sill space (or certain little gardeners who may knock them down- or badly behaved pets!)

Gillian, it's great to have someone's experience with these self-wicking/watering set-ups. I have had a look before but never made so i will give it a go if you have had good results.

Anyone have any luck with vertical set-ups? I watched a you-tube video a while ago where people had made a raised frame to maximise space to grow.

It was an interesting idea so would love any feedback from people who has tried them


Super savvy ideas thread

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 20:30

Hello fellow gardeners!

The last few years my job has been busier than ever and so I have been increasingly growing in containers ect. I have found you can grow most things if you use a bit of ingenuity!

However, I thought it would be great to have a thread to hear what other ideas and solutions people use?

DIY watering system, vertical growing ect ect- any fab ideas welcome!

Pea Mould

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 21:52


Italophile is right, peas (legume family) contain nitrogen fixing bacteria in their root nodules, so no real need to fertilise.

However, when they start to flower a weak solution of epsom salts (couple teaspoons in a watering can) will help flower formation and for them to set if they are pollinated- the epsom salts are a great source of magnesium. 

Powdery mildew spores are usually found on leaves so avoiding watering the peas supposedly helps stop any spores washing around and spreading theory!

Pea Mould

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 18:50


Too much moisture in the soil and Humidity are major mildew causes. Peas often are affected due to this.

Unlike most other seeds, Peas sometimes go sickly in greenhouses and cold frames, they like temps between 13-18C and good ventilation. 

My advise would be water the soil, ensuring no water gets onto the plant seedlings and go easy on the water amount. Don't "wet" the soil, just dampen. Also, where possible sow directly outside, (just watch them carefully; pigeons and mice love peas!)

If that means sowing a new batch, don't worry; they catch up FAST!

Best of luck.


Tomatoes for hanging baskets?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 21:12

For hanging baskets I would recommend one "tumbling tom" as plant to droop over the edges and then one "minibel" plant in the middle of the basket.

I have grown minibel for a few years now and the breed is still relatively unknown. It's a shame as they are hardy, good fruiters and pretty forgiving if you occasionally forget to water 


Are there any advantages of starting sweet peppers off now?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 21:07

Hi daisy100,

I always start my peppers and chillies late January. Mine are now small 1.5 inch seedlings, quite happily growing on a sunny south facing windowsill.

Actually, there are benefits from starting early. Whilst you may risk elongated seedlings if you don't provide enough light, an early start is recommended for many capsicums. They often need a long growing season so I have always started early.

It hasn't done me any harm, best of luck to you!

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