Posted: 27/10/2012 at 18:27
over the last couple of years i have tried growing more and more things. it's been a fairly trial and error approach but we've managed to grow and eat most of what we've planted.
the difficulty i've found is in the small details. there is always an amount of assumed knowledge in the information available. and thats where i have questions
there's a few things i'm unsure on. overwintering strawberries: i've grown new plans in containers from my bought plants. first time i've done this. i've taken off all dead leaves and weeded the pots. i've bought some straw and added it to the plants. i am unsure how much straw to add and whether to cover the plants or have the leaves poking through. the small new plants aren't big enough for this really. the last question i have is around where to put the containers. i have a small garden, no conservatory or greenhouse sadly. i do have a leaky garage which is in a block not next to the warmth of the house. i've read advice saying to dig the pots into the soil. and another to store in the garage under a towl. i am really lost where to put them and also when. some articles say if you do it too soon they will not be dormant and will try and grow. how such a simple thing becomes a minefield i'm not sure!
this week i've also bought a olea europea olive tree - bargain £6 as end of the season. i've got a new big container and compost at the ready but i'm not completely sure whether i can keep it outside in the winter. here in Bournemouth we rarely get snow but it does get frosty and cold like anywhere in the uk. do i need to cover it somehow? perhaps one of those fleece covers i've seen for plants? last question. the tree has quite of olives on it. mostly green. what do i do with these? if i take them off will they ripen so we can eat them? i tried eating a purple one but it was definately not ripe- was horrid! there was a great article on this tree on this site. it implies i need to cure the olives somehow. any ideas?!
well, quite a lot to read here - sorry. any help you can give me will be very greatly appreciated.