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Posted: 28/08/2013 at 07:13

Hi Darren,

I use a Rainwater Hub to fill 12 water butts that are dotted around the garden in various locations. Some are 120 feet away from the house. It fills them all automatically using no pumps, no electricity, and certainly no wheel barrows. I am not a million miles away from you (Burgess Hill) and would be happy to show you the setup if you are ever in the area.

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:35

No problem little-ann.

Whilst no expert myself, I agree with Bob that strawberries do pretty well most years outside and so I keep what little space I have in the greenhouse for those plants that really need it (chillies,peppers,cucumbers,aubergines etc). If your strawbs are running out of steam, it may well just be the fact that they are all the same variety with a short cropping season. It may be worth adding a couple of different varieties that are later cropping.

My poor lawn :(

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 06:05

Hi Spunko,

I agree that feeding is probably the first step. If you are reasonably weed free I would stear clear of any of the combined weed & feed products. If you are a bit sloppy with the application it is all too easy to end up with even more brown patches than you started with. I speak from bitter experience.

It is probably also worth top dressing the lawn. This is a great way to encourage new root growth.

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 05:53

Hi Alan,

All the plants were in a mixture of garden soil and New Horizon peat free compost. I can't remember the exact ratio. Weekly feeding with Tomatorite. I too have tried the idea of hanging baskets but without much success, probably due to the difficulty of ALWAYS keeping them moist.


Interesting Bob that we have had very similar results. There are so many different types of strawberry planters available and I am beginning to wonder whether any of them can really produce the same results as ground grown plants. I suspect not. 

When I bought my initial strawberry plants I went to a local nursery to try and get the best advice. I was told that pot size should not actually make a great deal of difference if you manage to keep on top of the irrigation, ie even if you have the plants in reasonably small pots where the roots may appear a bit restricted, it should not effect the outcome provided they are never allowed to dry out. NEVER being the key word. He intimated that if the growth of the plant is checked even once, the results will never be the same.

Like you, I have been watering twice a day but even this is sometimes not enough in the smaller pots. Next year I am going to set up some proper automatic irrigation and see if I can test this theory a bit more.

Identify this? Plant with blue top and yellow orange flowers

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:15

Did you take this picture yourself Tetricus? If you did and are therefore certain that it is not a fake, it may be worth taking a high resolution image down to a really good plant nursery. You appear to have stumped the forum.

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:53

This year I have been experimenting with growing strawberries in various sized pots.

I have about 40 plants in various pot sizes, ranging from a standard 6" pot up to large tomato pots, and I also have a group which I have grown in the ground as usual.

There did not seem to be a great deal of difference between them until fruiting time. Even though most of the plants were the same size, there was a significant difference in the size and quality of the fruit. The bigger the pot, the bigger the strawberry.

More importantly, the bigger the pot, the better tasting the strawberry. The ones grown in the ground were by far the biggest and were the strawberriest strawberries I have ever tasted. The large/middle size pots produced strawbs similar to the kind of stuff that we can all buy in the shops, and those in the 6" pots were small and positively tasteless.

Same variety, age, compost, location, feeding and watering regime. 

I am not quite sure what to make of this, but assume that it has something to do with the importance of never letting strawberries dry out. It would appear that if their growth is checked in the slightest way, the effects on cropping are really significant. However, that is just my guess.

Any strawberry growing experts out the who can shed some light?


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:23

Red Duke of York first earlies. They taste half potato, half chestnut. Absolutely delicious!

Pickling / Conserving Radish

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 11:35

Crikey Katiejane! That really is an answer and a half! All sounds brilliant and much more interesting than radish sauerkraut.  I will definitely give them a go.

Fidgetbones, 12" is small !! I am going to be completely over-run with them! 

Thanks to both of you for replying. Much appreciated.

Pickling / Conserving Radish

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 04:45

Does anyone have any suggestions for conserving radish?

I have never been a great fan of the usual firey radishes, but this year I have grown Mooli which are a lot milder and much larger than the standard french breakfast type.

I just threw some seed in the ground a few weeks ago and now have more carrot sized radishes than I am ever likely to get through. It seems a pity to consign 90% to the compost bin and so was thinking about grating/slicing them and then conserving with balsamic so that I end up with some kind of radish 'sauerkraut', but am not totally convinced it will be worth the effort.

Any ideas?

Gardeners World Live 2013

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:23

I think you will probably find that most shows/exhibitions in a wide range of industries are shrinking rapidly. It is a sign of the times.  Unfortunately, all it takes is one really bad year (which might have been this year for GWL) and visitors lose interest, exhibitors decide it no longer pays, and the whole thing spirals down the plug hole at a very alarming rate. 


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