Zoomer44


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 23:28

It's not going to be a white Christmas here in this part of the NW, more wet and windy.

The Christmas Tree was brought indoors last week, Zoomer makes a mental note to repot in a plastic pot and use lighter croc's next time. 

Leeks

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 23:13

Happy growing

Have a nice Christmas and look forward to hearing how you fair in the New Year.  

Leeks

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 22:57

You can't grow many in a pot, leeks do need some space to produce a good harvest and economically speaking you won't get many for the effort, time and care you put in. Cabbage, cauliflower, turnip and swede are best not grown in pots and vegs which have a tappered root need deep soil to grow well. 

Some vegs don't need much spacing to grow for instance spinach, chad, spring onions, radish, salad leaves, these have all grown well and produced good harvests for me in pots.  

Some veg grows upwards for instance beans and peas, dwarf varieties do well in pots.

Then stuff like toms and chillies which produce their fruit above ground, depending on the variety can do well in pots. Some of the cherry tom varieties grow really well even in hanging baskets.

Herbs grow well in pots as one plant is usually sufficent for most families.

Hope this is helpful, I could go on but your Q was about leeks   

hyacinth flowers

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:48

Know what you mean about the challenge but I've thrown in the towel for indoor winter flowering hyacinth and point setters.

Since posting yesterday mine are beginning to open, really don't think they will flower by Wendesday but a good show for the weekend and New Year.   

Leeks

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:28

Can't advise about manure either but some veg's are good for growing in containers and some veg isn't. Leeks would be a no for me.

 

Winter Equinox

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 22:11

Mark, I feel a New Year resolution coming on, mine will be to sit on my hands and not sow veg/GH stuff till after the Spring Equinox.

 

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 21:37

Just checked out the Paperwhite and it would probably suit what I want to use it for. 

Someone at work today though, suggested a kindle Fire HD.

Mark, I'm not going to get it wet or lose it  say's she who had a mobile phone dropped in a cup of coffee by a child and lost an ipod (although it was only the size of a match box)

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 22:40

I prefer books too KT but was thinking of getting a kindle, only because I feel I'm falling behind with tecnology and a kindle is alot lighter to travel with, I wouldn't dream of taking a gardening book on my jollies but do take a couple of novels to read whilst relaxing. 

A bit off topic but does anyone rate Kindles? Can you purchase Dr H's books for them?... and do you get the pictures on a kindle as you would in a book!.      

hyacinth flowers

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 22:20

After much debate as to whether they'd flower on Christmas Day, I bought some hyacinth bulbs from a local nursery, in tiny starter pots, last weekend, bearly 2-3 inches tall but with buds showing, and potted them up. They've doubled in size and coming on like real troopers, and the buds are looking like they may well flower in the next week.

My point is, is it worth growing your own from bulbs when you can get them already established, these I bought were about £1 each.

Winter Equinox

Posted: 22/12/2013 at 21:49

Hi, Jane,

It cheered me up passing the Winter Equinox. I'm told the days get longer each end now by 1.5mins, not alot, but when you do alot of driving, the change is noticable after a few weeks, it's so much nicer leaving and arriving home in daylight

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