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Carrots in tubs

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 15:34

Thanks everyone, though Jeannie has now given me the perfect idea of what to do with my grandaughter when she's being cheeky!

verbena bonariensis

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 16:32

Mine usually get through the winter here (in the East Midlands).  I always take cuttings but often find that the seedlings that seed themselves around the garden look a lot healthier than mine once they get going in the spring.  My best ones are the ones that self-seeded outside the dining room window, right by the wall and in fact over the edge of the concrete 'raft' the house stands on, so ultra dry and very shallow soil - makes you wonder why you bother to garden, just let Mother Nature sort it out!

Carrots in tubs

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 16:27

I'm not normally a veg grower but am planning to grow carrots in tubs with my little grandaughter this year.  I know that in the ground carrots don't like newly manured soil, but what would be the best growing medium to put them in?  I produce my own compost and leaf mould and use peat free composts, but do I need something a bit more hefty? I'm planning to use a variety of shorter carrot but wonder what is the minimum pot size I need.  I've read up about carrot root fly and think I can protect thenm ok but just need this bit of extra advice.  Thanks

violas versus pansies

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 12:20

Haven't posted for ages but just wanted to say well done Monty Don for suggesting violas in winter pots as an alternative to winter pansies.  He was right, loads more flowers (even though smaller) and much longer flowering period.  They have reappeared each time from all the ice and snow that winter threw at us and are still going strong.  Will have to steel myself to take them out when ready to put new stuff in!

Ailing hibiscus

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 19:02

I have a well established hibiscus oiseau bleu but for the past two or three years it's leaves have yellowed as the summer has progressed.  I have used seaweed feed with a bit of success (new leaves forming nearer the base come out in with a healthy green) and it flowers as well as usual.  I wondered if it is getting too much competition from my neighbours nearby large shrubs.  My soil is slightly alkaline clay, which I have improved over the years.  I mulch the shrub with leaf mould each autumn and with my own compost in spring.  I don't want to get rid of my hibiscus but it doesn't look very attractive.  I also can't decide wether it is getting too much or too little water.  It's south facing 

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Carrots in tubs

What to use for soil 
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Ailing hibiscus

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