Rainwater Fanatic

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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. 


What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:29

Very nice looking border CP. It looks like you are a dab hand with the lawn edger. 


Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:06

Hi Lesley,

Unfortunately, I think that the general advice will always be to dig it out. I had to do this myself last year and ended up breaking my spade in half. The only way I could do it was to get what I believe is called a 'fencer's grafter'. It is an indestructable 'spade' that looks more like a piece of scaffolding with a blade welded onto the end. It doubles up as a spade/crowbar.

I think you will struggle finding one in the usual DIY stores but it worth it if you want to keep your other garden tools in one piece.

It was still incredibly hard work and so you may want to resort to the classifieds in the local paper and get someone with a strong back. That might also solve the problem of getting rid of the roots. There will be masses of the stuff.

Good Luck.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 14:43

NickyB, I have done a similar thing with my brassicas this year. I wanted to plant them out in the same spot as the garlic once it had been harvested, but got my timing all wrong. I have therefore planted them in between the rows of garlic in the hope that the smell will confuse the cabbage whites for another couple of weeks until I can get the garlic harvested and put a net over everything.

I have absolutely no reason to think that it will work, but it seemed a good idea at the time.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:44

Our long term weather forecast is pretty unsettled and so those of us growing Toms outdoors may be struggling unless things change. Do you get blight in Italy, Italophile? I suspect less so with the warmer conditions.

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Should I remove the netting? 
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