Sucrologist No.12

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courgette seedlings

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:58

Its a wonderful year for climbing roses and passion flowers. Our dahlias aren't doing too badly either.   Its the weeds that get me everytime.  They're very prolific this year -

Our pond (with fish) has plastic rings around the edge to keep away the family of herons that frequent our area. But the birds (many varieties), love  bathing and splashing and returning to the many nests (provided by my hubby) in the greenery sited around the garden.  The problem is the greenery accumulating on the surface, the fish, newts and frogs seem to love it - its unsightly - but with treatment - not insurmountable.

courgette seedlings

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:51

My courgette plants (grown from seed) growing extremelywell in well rotted garden compost - around 8" deep, along with squash and pumkin plants grown from seed.

The peas and beans are wonderful - pods on peas and flowers on beans - runner and French. Growing outdoor cucumbers and hot chilli peppers ( in pots). I grow beetroot, spring onions, radishes, and Chantanay carrots  (in troughs). Worked last year so doing again this year.  Really its a flower garden  My veg plot is one metre square, but my pot plot is around 2 metres by 1 metre (slate covered), and the troughs put anywhere where there is room.

Pot Grown Potatoes

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:35

I grow some of my earliest salad potatoes in a dustbin and 'earth up' in layers of around 6" alternating between multipurpose and garden compost. The remainder are in the green bags special for the job. I also grew last year, and again this year, aubergines in a dustbin. What a great crop and saves plenty of money too.  I treat everything with Tomorite (tomato fertilizer).

Another tip: I empty the contents of my kettle (once cooled) into a 6pt milk bottle and use this for watering during hot spells. Helps to keep the plants 'ticking over'. Just think a whole 6 pts in just one week. Wow!

Talkback: What's new on

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:58
I am happy to watch Gardener's World on telly and take up tips from Monty. Also receive the GW mag each month - another helpful device.
Its good to get positive and negative feedback - that's how we learn.
If I want to know about a certain plant I visit "the College of Knowledge" in Pershore.
I agree Bindweed is a huge problem - we try new things all the time.
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