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strawberries courgette and cucumber

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:33

I use tomato food for my strawbs but not very often - they've only had one watering with it since they were put in the pot last month ( when fruits started forming as Steve says) having been in a raised bed for a few months.  In pots I just use MP compost, in the ground they'd get some FB&B sprinkled round them in spring. I've got 3 plants in an  18" diameter pot. 

Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:52

I'd agree with Verd - you're likely to lose both if they're together in the pot and well established. Trying to separate them successfully would be tricky 

Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:35

Is the honeysuckle in the ground Percy or in the same container?

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:25

Love your little pond area David. Really nicely done. Poppies are very pretty too 

Plant ID's please

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:22

My thoughts exactly doc 

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:01

There are lots of Clematis which will grow on a shady wall - Nellie Moser is one  -so it might be worth taking a look at some of the specialist clematis sites online - Taylor's is one which lots of us here recommend. They need a fair bit of care in pots but there are lots of varieties which will be fine as long as they have that care.  Ivy is the only other thing I can think of, but again, it likes a bit of room at the roots. The ordinary hibernica ivy gets very big in the ground so it might stay quite contained in a big pot and do the job well enough.  Not something I've tried, but I do have one in a narrow bed for covering an ugly fence. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:28

Steve - I have to agree with you. I've been on so many hill walks that have a long 'start' in wooded areas and they're swamped by Rhodo ponticum. 

I inherited a large rhodie here by the front door, and while it does look quite stunning when it's in flower and has lovely rusty red new growth, I really don't like them. I'm always thinking I might take it out. Can't decide.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:19

Verd - that's a shocker. Nearly as bad as my giraffe one the other day 

What's Abbeydore like Verd? Save me looking it up... I'll be replacing some Autumn joy ones later this year.

hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris dying

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:12

They really need to be in the ground Sharon. They're really not suited to being in a container for any length of time - even a big one. They need lots of room to do their thing.

strawberries courgette and cucumber

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:00

Don't grow cumbers or courgettes rosemummy but I do grow strawbs in big pots. I don't really do much with them at all - they've been fed and the fruits are forming now so I let them get on with it. I'll pot up runners to make more for next year. It's helpful to have something on the soil/compost to keep them from getting dirty and wet to avoid them rotting, which just attracts the dreaded slugs and snails. Straw is traditional but it can be gravel or grit or anything else suitable. Less of a problem in pots anyway. I take a few leaves off if the foliage is blocking light too much but that's usually later on. 

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