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Pots or Trough

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:17

You can grow most things in pots or troughs or bags, as long as you feed and water them well, apples or fruit trees in pots brassicas in bags or pots root veg salad, stuffs, your'e only limited by space really. The only thing to remember is they'll all need feeding and watering regularly.

Rust on strawberries

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 11:09

I'd cut off the affected leaves and burn them hopefully the new growth will be free of rust. If not, I'd dig them up and start again in a different place.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:59

Shade won't do it any harm rosemummy, they do well in shade part sun or full sun. They do like a bit of moisture at the roots so I'd mulch it feed it well. Prune out the flowered shoots next spring and feed it again and you should have few if any problems.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:32

Honeysuckle is a woodland plant so it needs moisture and shade at the roots. Mulch it heavily and keep the soil moist. In spring you can prune it down quite hard, you'll get plenty of new growth if you keep up the regime of moisture food and shade. It'll be less prone to black spot and powdery mildew as well.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 10:28

Nibbling will be snails, not a lot you can do, I'd feed it well and mulch it heavily and keep the soil moist over the summer. The new growth will shoot away and should do better next year. Some shrubs just take time to settle down especially if they've had a poor start so some patience and tlc is all that's required.

time to take cuttings

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:21

Too hot Ritchard and yes cooler is better than the oven in the greenhouse.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:13

Is it dry at the roots rosemummy?

One last plant ID thread!

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:10

Could be one of the leucanthemums though which one is hard to tell without the flower. 

Beginner gardener's query

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 00:05

Container gardening is different to planting in beds raised or otherwise. Many gardeners plant pots to come at different times of the year coordinating foliage with bulbs or early flowering half hardy annuals with bulbs which are then emptied and replanted for the summer with summer flowering annuals or perennials. With beds you have the opportunity to mix up all sorts, with bulbs underneath perennials which hide the dying foliage of the spring bulbs. They will nearly always find their way through plants planted above them, unless they are densely rooted perennials. So choose your perennials carefully.

Daffodils and crocus are easy bulbs which don't mind being planted over, tulips unless planted deeply usually require lifting after the foliage dies down, so are sometimes planted in trays and lifted and stored.

The key I find is plenty of organic manure or compost homemade or bought in and then spread on beds during the year.

There are a host of books on container gardening and you will get suggestions from others on here as to their personal favourites'.

Perceived wisdom's can be ignored or taken on board, but containers do limit your choices as food and water need to be added to get the best results.

I'm happy for you that you now have the bug and can only say the knowledge you will get from this forum is worth a thousand books. No question is silly, the only question which is is the one you don't ask.

When best to remove a leylandii hedge?

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 23:35

Quite a few birds nest in leyllandi, including blackbirds and the goldcrest. 

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