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bush tomatoes

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 19:43

Thanks .... my friend bought this planter from Wyevale - already planted up with the 3 plants .. it is only 25cm in diameter !   I intend to use baskets 36cm in diameter. Bless him, he thought I would be pleased.

All the plants are Tumbling Tom Red ... - the only ones I saw in my local nursery too. I am hopeless at growing stuff from seed ,

thanks for the idea of growing basil alongside them .

bush tomatoes

Posted: 10/05/2017 at 09:40

Good morning ..

I have tried several times unsuccessfully to grow tomatoes in my garden, but they always succumb to blight. :( Then I heard (on GQT ?) that bush/trailing tomatoes in a hanging basket may be successful. As I have 3 large baskets never used, I thought I would try this method. However yesterday my friend thought he would surprise me with a gift of a hanging basked pre planted .. with 3 plants. The basket is quite small (in fact smaller than the ones I was planning to use) and I think that it will at least require copious watering. Will they survive, or should I re-plant them (or even buy 3 plants from my local nursery as they are very reasonably priced ? ;) and compare the crop ? 

Iris ID please

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:51

Thank you both ... I think I will split this plant up as it has grown bigger somewhat from when I first planted it - and see if I get the seed heads - I must admit I haven't noticed them before.. I wonder now if some 'uninvited' plants that have popped up in other places in my garden would be seedlings .. and as you say not coming through variegated .. 

Iris ID please

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 17:26

Lol .... yes, when I tried to ID it yesterday I knew it would be difficult... the leaves are up to 60cm high, yellow and cream striped and the flowers quite insignificant .. not even showing above the leaves, small and dull ... that's as much as I can remember from when it bloomed last year ..  


Iris ID please

Posted: 31/03/2016 at 12:13

I have had a variegated Iris in my garden that is now starting to look very untidy, It is variegated, so the leaves are quite nice, but the flowers, then they appear are quite insignificant. There are lots of dead/dried leaves amongst those that are still healthy - does it need splitting?, would this improve the flowering ? Should I just lift and bin it ?

Any advice very welcome

Getting Iris Reticulata to flower again

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 18:44

Ah thanks everyone... It's a comfort to know that I'm not alone with this problem ... I will get some potash and see what happens next year

Getting Iris Reticulata to flower again

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:48

Is there a secret to getting Iris Reticulata to flower again after the first year? I have bought several pots of growing bulbs that soon flower, but what do I do afterwards? Leave them in the pots, plant in open ground (if so how deep) or throw them away and buy new the following year?

I have tried replanting into bigger pots, but only get very long then leaves - no sign of re-flowering ...


Help !!!


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:19

Hi, I found out about this forum last week and joined up immediately as I have been wondering about a pruning a Robinia Frisia - or not......

My thread has disappeared (or so it seems), so wondering if I am in moderation.....


Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 06/08/2013 at 14:12

Hi everyone, I am a newbie too  - I am also on a foodie forum where one of the members recommended this forum to another poster who had a problem with his apple tree. This prompted me to join too as I have (potentially a major) problem with a Robinia Frisia overtaking my garden  

I think you lot seem about as mad as us foodies ! LOL



Posted: 06/08/2013 at 12:33

About 12 years ago, in the excitement of having my own garden, I planted a Robinia Frisia - firstly in the wrong place, but it survived the move.

Then about 5 years ago, I thought it would benefit from being pruned .... as it was growing a bit taller than I thought. BIG MISTAKE as what has happened ever since is that the canopy has grown denser and denser until it now blocks out most of the sun from the rest of the garden. 

Is there hope for this tree, or should it be totally removed while it is still manageable ?

Thank you




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bush tomatoes

tomatoes for hanging baskets 
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Iris ID please

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Last Post: 01/04/2016 at 13:51

Getting Iris Reticulata to flower again

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am I in moderation? 
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Pruning or not? 
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