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Covering a Railing

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 21:01

Thank you everyone!

Yes, I'm in Switzerland (sadly not Ticino) and it does get cold. That said, I've had a pretty good record with overwintering things in pots, with careful wrapping.


Covering a Railing

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 06:17

Hi Dove!

Ah yes, it faces South West, but sun is a bit limited due to a hill and upstairs. The bit I'm looking at gets five or six hours of sun per day in summer, mainly in the afternoon. The balcony is extremely strong. I have no worries on that score.


Olive tree

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 23:44

I have successfully overwintered a potted olive tree for three years outdoors in northern Switzerland, with some careful wrapping. But yes, though plenty of fruit form, they never get very far.

Covering a Railing

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 23:36

Hi All,

My balcony has a fairly ugly railing around it. I disguise it here and there with plants, but what I thought might be nice would be to grow some sort of climber twined through it, to soften the shape a bit. I'd need something that is happy growing from a pot and then more or less horizontally for at least three or four metres, ideally more, and that wouldn't be too dense, as I want some light to get though. It's also a rented flat, so I don't want anything too hard to remove.

For reference, I already use climbers on the walls. I have a clematis and a honeysuckle and am going to replace my sadly deceased climbing rose and try a passion flower this year.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Insects on Tomatoes

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:23

Hi all,

Apologies for the cross-post. I put this on "talkback" by mistake initially.

I saw these on my tomato plant this morning and wondered if I ought to squish them or not. Does anyone know what they are? They're just emerging from little white spherical eggs.


Small Dried-up Strawberries

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:53

Thanks Fairygirl. I am fertilising regularly, but maybe I'll up the dose and cut back a bit of the foliage.

Looking for a splash of colour

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:52

Hi All,

I have a fairly large balcony (30 square metres, 300 square feet). I have quite a lot going on out there, and I'm quite pleased with how it looks. I've tried to aim for a cottage garden kind of feel, with lots of smaller pots, a few climbers, plenty of foliage and herbs. Because of space constraints, I try for long flowering season. I always prefer perennials where feasible, and don't mind spending quite a bit of time wrapping things up in winter. I've had a good run with that, even keeping my olive tree going for quite a few years now.

I've noticed however that I'm leaning towards blues, mauves and pinks with all the lavender, violas, catmint, pinks, wallflower, sweet alyssum, campanulas and lobelias.

So what I'd like to add would be something really bold to offset all that. I'm thinking something orange or yellow, with a long flowering season. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

Thanks you.


Small Dried-up Strawberries

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:40

Hi All,

I have quite a few strawberry plants in pots on my balcony. They started cropping well, but recently most of the strawberries are much smaller an sort of dried out. Is it as obvious as under watering? Do they need to be kept pretty moist? Or could there be another issue? the plants seem otherwise healthy. 

Thanks a lot for any suggestions!

Beetroot Leaves Brown

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:46

Thanks yes.... I have an absolute nightmare with slugs and snails. Thanks for the info on the leaf miners!

Honeysuckles Browning Leaves

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:27

Thanks Blue Dragon. Good thought, but they only went into those pots when I bought them in the autumn. No more of the growth has gone brown, and the new growth looks healthy. So I am cautiously optimistic.

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