Rainwater Fanatic

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Good nice looking water butt advice?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:25

When it comes to diverters, cheap is not always the best. Some are really inefficient and a lot of the water diappears down the drain anyway. As you may guess, I am an avid collector of rainwater and survive each year with only the rainwater that I collect. (At least the garden does, not me personally!) 

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:13

I haven't tested the tap water but probably should do. I suspect that a combination of PH, nutrients, ambient water temp etc may have all have something to do with the outcome. Most people would probably agree that rainwater is better than tap water and I am curious to see what the actually differences will be. Better growth? More crops? Better diease resistence? Better taste?

I am doing the same with sweet pepper and cucumbers as well.

It is all very amateur, as there is only so much that can be done in a Sussex back garden.

Tulip Bulbs

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:01

On GW last week Monty talked about Tulips in pots and how to deal with them once they die back. You can pull and dry them for next year, but he made it sound a bit of a pfaff and as if the chances of getting a similar display the following year would be really small. Reading between the lines, unless you are really committed and patient, I think he was suggesting that we should start afresh each year. 

I am not sure if the same advice is true for those in the ground, but am sure a tulip expert will soon advise.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:51

I have 8 Toms in pots this year and am using rainwater on 4 and tap water on the other half to see if there will be any difference at all in their performance. It is hardly laboratory conditions but I am curious. I clearly have a bit too much time on my hands.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:44

On www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk website they recommend stopping watering at least a couple of weeks before harvesting to prevent the bulbs rotting. The problem for us amateurs is knowing when 'a couple of weeks before harvesting' actually is. My crystal ball is on the blink again and so winging it as usual.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:19

I agree, it seems a bit odd. Perhaps they are leaving it until next week once it is all finished and will give us a recap?  General comments from some of the other posts would suggest that it is not that impressive this year anyway.

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:53

I seem to remember reading a recent article by Mark Diacono in one of the monthly magazines where he said that when he was involved with River Cottage, they tried never to water anything once it was in the ground. 

I thought at the time that this did not seem practical, but does lend strength to the argument that we can all overdo the watering occasionally.  


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:48

Hi Alan,

I would try Mooli. They are the long white ones that get really big and are used a lot in oriental cookery. They are generally much milder that the standard little red demons and just as easy to grow.

can carrots be transplanted

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:13

A variation on figrat's suggestion - I sow some of mine in 2" peat pots. As soon as they show through the soil I put them in the ground with the pots almost touching. This eliminates any very early thinning out. I then pull every second carrot when big enough to use and leave the rest in the ground to grow on. It seems to work for me.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:58

Lokelani, That is interesting. This year I have grown Albigensian Wight, Iberian Wight, Early Purple WIght and Solent Wight. Out of all of them the Solent White is the definitely the weakest performer for me.

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