Daisy Cottage

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Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 17:03

Thanks for the reply. I'll give this a try. I'm happy to buy some more runners next year if it doesn't work ! Only bought 12 runners this year and don't think that I'm going to have enough to make jam The strawberries so far are delicious, so would be good to have some more of the same.


Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:39

I'm growing strawberries in baskets in the greenhouse for the first time. The plants have just started producing runners. Do I cut them off ?? Can I propogate them somehow to give me a few extra plants for next year ??



Problems with dwarf beans

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 13:32

 Standard compost from The Range - new this year. Most of my veggie seeds planted in the same stuff - everything else is fine and growing well

Problems with dwarf beans

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 10:56

Thanks for the suggestion. Could be damping off - never experienced it before. The only thing I can think of is that OH keeps his carnivorous plants in a large tray filled with water - quite near my seedlings. Maybe that's the problem ?? Are dwarf beans particularly prone to it ? Otherwise I'm very careful not to overwater. I use bought compost for seedlings. Just waiting for warmer weather before planting out the surviving seedlings. I'll plant a few seeds out as well and hope that they take

Problems with dwarf beans

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 12:45

I'm having problems ths year with dwarf beans. I sowed 30 'Speedy' beans in individual 3" pots (haven't grown Speedy before). All my seeds are raised in a very large, heated garden room that has plenty of light. Of the 30 only 9 germinated. I realised that I hadn't soaked the beans first so I sowed another 15 or so after soaking first. Of the first 9 plants, I have only 1 left !! All the others, at different stages of growth, have died - some after the first couple of leaves appeared and a couple at around 4 inches tall with lots of leaf. Of the second batch of seeds, I have about 7 seedlings which mostly are OK - so far. I've not had problems with any of my other veg seeds. What is going on ? I've grown dwarf beans for years and apart from the odd germination problem, I've never had them die off like this.


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:50

What do you think is the minimum temperature for the greenhouse ?? I have 4 cucumbers minimum height 14 inches and well in flower/small cucumbers. My OH is decorating our garden room where I had them, so I've had to put them in my greenhouse today. Our garden room had a minimum temp. of 16c - will the greenhouse be too cold for them ?? I'm worried


Posted: 09/05/2012 at 14:45

Do you pinch the tops out ?? Mine are only about 6 inches tall ATM, but have buds already


Posted: 14/04/2012 at 17:44

Thank you so much for that - I have bookmarked the link and will now be able to refer to it when needed


Posted: 28/03/2012 at 14:09

I'm getting a bit confused about different types of fertilisers. I have liquid Growmore which is what I have always used before (I have garden compost, 6X and horse manure as well). Should I really be a little more serious and invest in tomato fertiliser etc ?? I am growing tomatoes, chillies, peppers, courgettes, onions, dwarf beans, lettuce, carrots, parsnips, spinach, physalis, strawberries ...... this year ??? What should I use on what ?? What is really essential ??

Plastic bags for seedlings

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 11:49

Lakeland do really nice large bags - size 8, I think. I use them to keep my homemade bread in, but they fit well over seed trays Probably too expensive to buy them just for seeds, but pinching a couple doesn't seem so extravagant  I've also used cling film over small pots.

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