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Posted: 29/05/2013 at 13:48
windowgardener wrote (see)

hi, i am a new gardener. i live in a flat so i don't have a garden but i decided to try grow tomatoes and peppers.
I stupidly planted the whole pack of seeds so now have 50 plants.

Just wondering how deep and wide an area of compost 1 plant  needs.

its just so i can figure out what size of pots/how many pots/how many plants per pot.

appreciate any help!

Usually one plant per pot, regardless. But the varieties dictate the sizes of the pots. Indeterminate varieties, those that can grow to 5-6' feet or more, need bigger pots than determinate varieties (otherwise known as "bush" varieties).

Tell us which variety/ies you have and we can give you a guide.

Growing melons in a greenhouse

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:31

Andy, you can let them sprawl if you have the space or grow them up something like a trellis. Melons are heavier than cukes so their suport will need to be strong enough. I wouldn't encourage too much humidity around them either. Could be asking for fungal troubles.


Posted: 29/05/2013 at 09:39

It's pretty simple, Bf. The healthiest- and strongest-looking make the cut. The runts get a one-way trip to the compost heap. Sad, but that's life. It sounds like you've already got a handle on it.

Those temps sound very good. They won't need a lot of hardening off.


Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:31

Andy, you're going to be suffocating under cherry tomatoes. And good on you for helping out grandad.

Will security lightning / street lighting upset my vegetable plot?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 07:18

The lighting won't have any effect, vp.

Watermelon in the UK?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 06:48

Seeds from a bought watermelon would only be worthwhile if it were an heirloom variety. Seeds from a hybrid variety won't produce true to type.

Watermelons also need a lot of space to grow in.


Posted: 27/05/2013 at 08:25

I usually plant my sweetcorn out later than the toms.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:47

They'll love you for it, Bf, and repay you!

The sweetcorn mightn't ...


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 10:24

Dang in-laws! The toms will be fine, Bf. They'll just take a little bit longer to get up to speed once they're planted out in better weather. In the meantime, do everything you can to help them along with bona fide sun and warmth.


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 10:00

Bf, put them outside during the day even if it's 10C. The sun will do them more good than the temp will harm them at this stage of their lives.

To help them along, invest in some bubble wrap. Put the pots in a crate or similar, erect props of some sort in each corner (higher than the tops of the plants) and use the bubble wrap over the top to create a mini greenhouse. It will add at least 5º to the temps inside the bubble wrap.

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