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Growing veg with little space

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:51

Don't forget the fruits... I grow tomatoes with my strawberries in an old round washing up bowl - holes in bottom for drainage and hung up in a lilac tree.  Also grow with nasturtiums, (I can't spell that either) and have had gr8 success with marrows in a 12" pot, need to feed regularly, I have bilberries in pots, and in a thin wedge of soil about 9" deep by 9" across, up against a east facing wall I have a peach, kiwi and cherry, plus summer green beans, oh and a passion fruit (also edible, but haven't had any fruit off that yet).  Radish did so well, I don't like them anymore - I grew cucumber in a pot in a shed converted into a greenhouse and although spindly it cropped really well.  Best thing about pots, if you have to you can move them and last year with all the rain, I kept taking them out of their trays in order to drain the water, also extended the season by dragging stuff into the shed!  I also store home made compost in a dustbin, and if I have any surplus compost not in use elsewhere, I just bung some spuds that have chitted in the cupboard, and get a few extra for no cost, they would have gone on the compost anyway!  I also grow strawberries in the cracks between the slabs on the patio, they sometimes get trodden on and then the birds eat them, but the presence of birds tends to keep the slugs and snails under control too.

Carrot Tops

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 14:18

Thanx all for the advice...don't know anyone with guinea pigs so I'll miss that bit out and bung the carrot tops in the compost instead!   I remember telling my nephew that you could eat ground elder and he just broke some off and ate it...he said that was bitter as I stood there with my mouth open!!!  I'v used that sort of thing to put kids off grabbing a poisonous leaf and devouring too.

Carrot Tops

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 23:20

Am I right in thinking I can eat carrot tops as a veggie?  If so any culinery geniuses out there who can tell me what to do with them please?

The same goes for japonica, can I use the ornamental japonica in quince recipes as a substitute for quince? 

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 15:05

You are very welcome - I just hope it works for you, pls don't blame me if it doesn't.  I didn't even turf off what I could see I just carried on as I said.  All's well at the moment...I have sunflowers, tomatoes (in flower), cucumbers, plus stacks of cuttings and all the overwintered plants, plus we have cropped cut and cum again lettuce etc etc.  Happy composting.  Did you notice lots of ants in the bin last year...I reckon they may be something to do with these white bits, but the jury is out on that.

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:37

Is there anyone there who can tell me which article in Gardeners World Mag that has the gen on slugs and snails, I have spent the last half an hour looking for said article, my sister-in-law wants to check it out - I rely on the birds...if I come across a snail I put in on the path under a certain tree and stamp on it - then kick it under the said tree, next day - all gone!  Fox maybe.  Slugs get chopped in half and put on the bird table!  I know, but I'm not violent in any other way, although I might be if I see a cat at 'my' birds!

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:26

HyppyByker, I'm in the same boat - exactly the same, and I garden organically too- the one difference is that I have used the compost - I just thought 'what the hell' and I've loads of ladybirds, although I haven't seen any lacewings yet, just thought they would have a feast.    I have two greenhouses, one heated and one not...I used the compost (mixed with leafmould and shreddings - both well composted) and there doesn't seem to be any problem in the unheated greenhouse, but I do have lots of greenfly (no whitefly) in the heated greenhouse, but I overwintered plants in there so I presume, the greenfly overwintered too.  Watch out using boiling water or you'll kill off the goodies in the compost bin too.  All those worms, slugs, woodlice and the trillions of good microscopic bodies that all help make the compost smell sooooo sweet and sooooo good in comparison with that we buy.

Talkback: Removing weeds

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 10:55
A few years ago our council tendered out the gardening to a company who are supposed to keep the grass verges etc clipped, but they don't and the majority of dandelion seedheads just blow in from these verges. It then takes me hours to dig them all up, both from the lawn and flower beds, meaning that I inevitably also dig some of my own planting as I believe in soil coverage to keep annual weeds and local unwanted cats at bay.

Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:03
Unfortunately many years ago I 'harpooned' a little frog, and it has stayed with me ever since...my point is don't use a fork or spade or anything metal, as I had been working my way down the compost for an hour or so before this had happened, so I hadn't "...plunge your fork straight in the heap..." in fact I never would do that, but I have found especially with toads, that they just sink further and further down into the middle of the pile in order to stay 'hidden' so this sort of accident is more likely to happen at the end rather than at the beginning. Oh for the weather to get on with my composting!! P.s. I use my hands now and it takes hours but I feel happier

if you could only have 2 pears...

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 14:19

What I did when I wanted to add to my pear 'orchard' - now up to three - was I waited until the other two were in flower, then rang the closest nursery to ask if they had any pear trees in blossom...it worked a treat, and each year all three are in blossom at the same time, and I just let the wild bees - resident somewhere in the garden - do the rest.  Result lots of pears to eat and cook with...short of recipes though!

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 14:13
Can I grow peppers and cucumbers the same? I grow them the same as tomatoes at the moment.

In answer to Townsend. I have started using string, which I feed through bottom of eventual pots and tie off, then tie to high rail in greenhouse. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, then can be tied onto individual string or wound up string. Advantage is that you don't have dangerous sticks to poke yourself with - disadvantage is that the pot is less 'mobile', but if you decide to move the pot outside you can tie it to the branch of a tall shrub, just need to be an octopus to do it. I use this method to grow beans up a fence, and last year tried it with pumpkins, and that worked a dream. Just used thin rope rather than string.
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