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Salads in Pots

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 09:56


don't know how many of you have tried the 6 pot salad garden idea in April's magazine.  I'm having a go with it and first impressions are very good, I have some really nice looking Little Gem and mixed leaves are growing well.  The rain may not be helping though but at least it saves watering .

Be interesting to see what anyone else has to say about this one.


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 09:51

You don't say what type they are so I'm guessing first early. If they are flowering leave them till they have finished. However, a gentle exploration careful not to break roots may be worth it .  I would not have thought a greenhouse would make much difference but water will, not enough small potatoes too much and they can rot.  If the tops are healthy and still growing they should be OK.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 11:08

Wall to wall  sunshine in Rochdale

Gardening newbie with loads of questions

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 08:54

Slabs for the floor anything else is hard work just spot treat the weeds as they come up. Also you can cool the house down in summer by wetting the floor which is not possible with anything else.

 Staging should stand the weight of the gravel so I would not worry, but Hortag may be a better bet long term cleaner and lighter. Gravel on the floor trays for toms is fine if you are using pots it's not needed if you use Gro bags. Personal choice is pots it's easier to control the watering.

Always refil your watering cans and leave them in thr greenhouse the water comes to the same temperature and is better for the plants (no sudden chill from cold tap water)

Shading will be needed in late spring / summer go for the best you can afford it's worth it, personally I don't like the paint on stuff too messy.

Good luck and have fun greenhouses are great

Clearing overgrown area

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 08:40

Glyphosate for the perennials spot treated with a hand sprayer, leave for a couple of week  for it to work .  Any ground that is not infested with perennials get a really strong  3or 5 point cultivator and rip the annuals out easier than digging Once it's clear dig it over and spot treat anything that returns. I've done that on an allotment cultivator cleared a 10x4 bed in about 30 mins.


Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 14:55

Cliff. ever tried courgettes on the sfg method or is it just not viable?

Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 08:19

Harder work but possible is a good strong axe and a mattock. Then work inwards splitting and cutting  as you go.

Work Trousers

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 22:02

Try Darcy Clothing they specialise in this type of clothing.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:30

Cliff, thanks for the encouragement It's good to know someone else has had a go and is happy with the results. I understand what you mean about having something to go in spaces always was a problem on the allotment. My plan was to start as much as I could in the greenhouse and planr the plugs out  when established.

I'm also very keen to try out the six pot salads idea from last months magazine when bags of salad leaves are 2 quid a go it's got to be a good idea.

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:10

Will do the silkies and pekins are very cute!

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