Latest posts by jatnikapyar

plant pots

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:38

The local Morrisons still does 5 deep pots for 99p and they are flimsy enough to put holes in. Very useful to grow on rose cuttings and any plants that have long tape roots. I use them as tomato pots and in the GH too with the bottoms cut off. The tomatoes in them seem to give a better than growbags. Though having said  that  lots of h2o and Potash helps too!

I have a few black buckets(builders aile) from B&Q which I got when they were selling  them BOGOF at  £1. They do this quite often, especially this time of the year. I grow lots of bulbs in them with holes made with a pair of securters. In the summer I grow annuals and veggies in them. I find that they are easy to move around as the 'lip' gives you a good grip. If I am feeling strong I bring them near the house in the winter for a shot of well needed colour

In some I have sunk Ivy cuttings in small pots around them to soften the edges replacing them with trailing annuals in the summer. All I have to do is add slow release fertilizer twice a year.

Even plastic pots have gone up in price alot and second hand shops often have them cheap from house clearances. Freecycle is good too and boot sales are a good alternative too. I hope it helps and gives you a few ideas.


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 09:06

Yes Alan, put  it in a large pot and leave it in a corner. It will grow there happily till you are ready for it. I grow it but it is not as strong in flavour as the smaller varieties.


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:49

I do the same as Verdun and take cuttings every other year.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:46

I usually plant both in July and give them protection in winter with added help of slug bait. They sit there doing nothing till March/April and then reward me with a good crop till June. So have a go as they demand little care.

Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 19:15

Well said Nutcutlet,our gardens are us, very special and unique. Coping shows seems a common fashion  as if we want to emulate EXACTLY the shows.There seem to be no indivuality. This is not just in gardens but in home decor and clothes too. So much so they all look like show homes/gardens/kitchens/bathrooms etc. Is it just me?

Over wintering

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 18:18

I know it is early GillyL, but it has been cold , windy and damp down here and the body is saying......wamth, fire, nice drink,a good book plants looking a bit sad !! I usually don't start till middle of October, but I have slowed down a bit and every thing takes twice as long! I thought that if I start now and clear the GH off summer plants, I can take the tender plants etc.in. I particularly don't want to lose the fountain pot as I lost a very special one in 2010 when the temp. suddenly dropped to minus 15c and was not here to rescue it.

Anyway, just planning.....I do enjoy the autumn colour too

Over wintering

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 09:18

OMG what a terrific response from you all, thank you Lizzie, Bookeroo and Fairygirl. Boy , what a relief !

I intend putting the garden to bed this week, such as drain the bubble fountain (it is in a large terracotta pot) and bringing the chilli plants into the leanto from the cold GH. I shall lag the Acer pots with lagging etc and hope for the best. Thank you again.

Gardeners world

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 09:06


Over wintering

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 10:41

Hi, I have several Acers in pots and I move them into the GH for the winter. I am finding it difficult to do so now and wondered If  I could leave them out this year,and wrapping the pots in fleece or bubble wrap. I could also cover the plants with fleese if it is below 5C. I live in the SE.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you



Posted: 15/09/2013 at 09:59

I like begonias as they are easy to grow and need little attention once they have started to grow in the spring. I generally grow them in pots or hanging baskets(depending on variety).I am able to protect them in this way from slugs as they feast on them!

I leave them out till frost is expected and then remove the top growth and store them in their containers( make sure they are dry, or they will rot).I leave them in the garage which is attached to the house and therefore are protected from the frost.

I do the same with the plugs although some of them may not shoot up again in the spring. I usually start checking them in March/April and water and repot them and put them in a unheated GH till danger of frost is over.

 I think that it is the frost and wet compost in winter that kills them.

It may seem like alot of work but they do flower their socks off till the frost arrives.


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