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Tall dahlias in pots for slug protection?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 19:35

I grew a 'Sir Alf Ramsey' in a trough last year with other plants. The trough was possibly 30cm deep, it reached a height of about 4ft and needed support but produced a couple of huge flower heads. 

Agree with Bilje, they do need alot of water. I fed mine on home made seaweed feed. When dug up at the end of the summer the roots had taken over most of the trough and the tuber, as one would expect, was very large. 

Slugs shouldn't be a problem once the plant is well established. Copper is a well known slug/snail deterent, putting gravel as a mulch around potted plants acts as a further deterent and will help retain moisture in the compost.     

With the correct care and attention, most things can be grown in pots... I'm sure someone will be long now with a list of stuff which can't

Lidl fruit tree's....

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:46

Does anyone know the root stock for the apple and pear tree's being sold at Lidl. It wasn't clear on the label and I've e-mailed Lidl but not had a reply.

Has anyone bought their fruit tree's and noticed how tall they grow, I want dwarf or very dwarfing tree's.

The one's in our local Lidl are two tree's grafted onto one root and a really good price.  

Garlic bulbs for winter or spring?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:41

It's only my opinion but I don't think spring planted garlic does as well. I usually plant in autumn but started to grow extra in March for the allotment and it's looking very tiny, with little growth compared to the autumn planted garlic which should be ready for harvest soon. 

..and yes, garlic needs frost to divide.  

Calling all Caterpillar experts . . .

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:22

LOL.

I saw a lovely blue butterfly in the garden a few days ago,almost the colour of my t-shirt. 

Is this chilli too light green?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:16

Sounds like you are well ahead. Mine don't have flowers yet and this year decided not to grow peppers, there just isn't enough room in the GH.

Apache dry well too, I've still a jar full from last year and I'm convinced they are even hotter when dried.

 

Is this chilli too light green?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 21:53

Not sure about banana chillies but like peppers, chillies change colour, they maybe pale green now but if left will possibly go a black colour before yellow.

I'm no expert but have a couple of different chilli varieties growing this season, without going out to the GH one is apache from saved seeds, they start off green, go black, then red. You can pick when green but you get less heat from them, chillies are hotter if left to mature.    

If the leaves on the plant are healthy and yours look fine, wait and see what grows from the other chilli plants, a mixed variety is likely to produce some pleasant suprises

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:56

Nutcutlet - Maybe a pile of stones and black plastic in a sunny corner, what do you think.  

gourds

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:36

Sounds a good plan, look upon it as a learning curve...happy growing.   

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:52

Herbgarden2 - no haven't made one yet but it's on my 'to do list'. I've dug over the main growing area on the plot now and seen more slow worms at the bottom of the plot so have aquired more pallets and one is destined to be a 'bug hotel'.

Slow worms seem to like living in between the folds of black plastic and stones so the first storey's already planned. 

gourds

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:11

They were eaten by slugs and snails, outside last year..

This year they were sown on 8th April and have been in the GH since Easter. They have about 3 to 4 big leaves on them. On the packets, March through to May is the window for sowing...but we are only in the first week of June. The mixed packet says they can be harvested in October, whilst the dolls can be harvested in November and snakes picked from August.

As philippa talks from growing experience, you could be too late to sow for a harvest. I'd still try a few seeds though, see how far they get and save some seeds for next year.

The first time I tried aubergines they were sown to late...but they flowered and I gained some tips about how to grow them. The following year I sowed early and had a bumper crop.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Growing grass paths...

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Td immunisations...

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

I've taken over another half plot on the allotment...  
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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

I've about a dozen Little gem lettuce plants growing in pots.... 
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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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It's a tab bit early to ask but...

Whose growing Christmas spuds... 
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Sweet corn problems...

Seedlings dying.... 
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Sowing parsnips....

Is it too late to try again.... 
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Lidl fruit tree's....

Does anyone know the root stock... 
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Last Post: 01/07/2014 at 22:42

Apples and pears....

Thinking of purchasing a tree or two... 
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