Gardener Eve

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Plants to grow in 4.5 cm diameter & 3.5 -4 cm deep pots

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:04
Thanks everyone - I'll have a think. I was looking at
Maybe gypsophila or lobelia... But I'll have a look at
Your suggestions too.
Yes I think it would only be a seasonal display that'd
Need refreshing every year but I'll let you know how it goes!

Plants to grow in 4.5 cm diameter & 3.5 -4 cm deep pots

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 13:17


I was given an xmas gift of potted herbs/ spices set  in a love heart shaped base on a stand. The spice mixes were awful so I've emptied the pots but thought I could make a small plant display but putting little plants inside the pots. We can drill a hole in each pot for drainage but they're only 4.5 cm diameter& 3.5 -4 cm deep.

I'd like something that flowers and maybe spills/ trails out of the little pots (6 in total).

I don't know what could grow happily in such a small pot- does anyone know of anything?



Issues with strawberry plants/ well rotted manure

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 15:26
That's great thanks- I'll get some grow more.
I suppose the tomato feed goes on after it flowers or after it fruits?

Thanks again!!

Issues with strawberry plants/ well rotted manure

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 14:21
Oh dear! What should I have planted them in?

I've spent quite a bit on plants & bed etc so really want them to
Grow tasty fruit!

What about tomato feed-- high potash? Is that good for

Thanks for your reply!

Issues with strawberry plants/ well rotted manure

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 13:41

Hi Everyone!

I planted up loads of bare root strawberry plants in 2014 in 2 different varieties -Malwina and Sonata from pomona fruits.

They are in a raised bed but open to the earth below. I used budget homebase compost to fill.

The crop last year was plentiful & looked good but tasted awful so I was disappointed to say the least!

It wasnt warm last spring so Im hoping it was the weather.

However I've bought some bags of well rotted manure from the garden centre for my sweet peas and tiny veggy patch to dig in before planting.

Does anyone know if I can or should add a layer- like a mulch to my existing strawberry beds? I thought that might improve the flavour but wasnt sure about it sitting on top and being close to the fruit as might have unfriendly bacteria?

I havent used straw ( I heard it adds weeds) or matts (I avoid plastic at all costs) before and have been content with low level of splash back on fruits.


If not this has anyone else had this issue? and how did they solve it?


Compost system for smallish garden - recommendations please

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 09:47


We have a nice size garden in South East London- but not big enough to have a compost area with large open containers like Monty Don has! 

I'd love to compost our waste as at the moment the council is taking our waste away and I am buying compost!

I don't know anyone with one so I'd be grateful to hear  peoples opinions about which models/ brands of compost bins (that are enclosed) are good?

Ease of use is important - plus for the smell to be contained.



Sweet peas have succumbed to powdery mildew again

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 09:46


Thanks for the advice. I didn't realise that nutrients would be an issue when in the ground. I've been meaning to put some rotted manure down anyway so Ill do that this autumn.

I guess I'd been trying not to water them overly as I thought thats what caused the powdery mildew!

Ill have a little rethink for next year. I also noticed that Sarah Raven does a comfrey feed apparently especially good for sweet peas so Ill try that too next year.

Thanks again!

Sweet peas have succumbed to powdery mildew again

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 16:54


for 3 years I have grown sweet peas from seed and every year by July/ August the plants have died off from this powdery mildew (I think that's what it is).

The first year I got great healthy plants and even they succumbed. I haven't managed as well the last 2 years but regardless by July August I'm looking at dried up plants- not because they havent got water but due to this mildew thing.

I only water them at the base if its really dry...

Can anyone advise? Im in S.E London and they have a nice sunny spot but tried some in shadier spot and same thing happened....I do love these blooms and have been buying good quality seed...



Strawberry problems!

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 19:24

As a strawberry lover I decided to make a strawberry patch.

I got a selection from Pomona fruits- sonata, malwina and mara de bois.

Most recent issue is with the malwina. The first few fruits that came up were nice but then despite lots of flowers hardly any fruit and those that grew sort of went a funny drab reddish colour and didn't continue to grow  - but definitely were not ripe. Now I found some weird growth out of some of these un developed strawberries... see pics. Its very weird.

anyone have any clues?


Also the earlier variety, sonata, came up with absolutely tonnes of fruit.... BUT  a lot of it was just rank.

Tough - strange texture for a strawberry and lacking any sweetness or taste- some were ok.

I spoke to pomona about the Sonata's and they said it was due to the lack of sunny weather maybe. They thought next year would be good and that the malwina's would make up for it. As it transpires they certainly haven't!!

these were bare roots planted last spring....

Have I been sold some dud plants or dud varieties??

I live in south east london with a very sunny garden.


I'm so disappointed!!!





Talkback: 10 zinnias

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 15:43

Thanks everyone- thought I was the only one! Mine look very sorry for themselves - planted out 25th May and not really growing plus brown leaves. 2 eaten by a greedy slug!

When I think about it it seems it must be the cooler spring we've been having- its really affected my tomatos too 

Kinda had to start planting out though as the windowsills and cold frame were looking like jungles.

We're just having a terrible spring...

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