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Fertilising the Veg Garden

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 23:06

Hi, E,

Growing veg in pots, bags and small beds is not a complex science. What have you grown and what do you want to grow this year?

 

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 22:33

I took the advise given, thanks Dove.

My tree grew about 1/2 ft last year and was potted up in a mix of home grown compost and multi purpose compost, it was fed on liquid seaweed occassionally throughout the summer and kept by the house so wasn't exposed to too much sun and didn't dry out but had good light. It looked really healthy and still does.

Mine's still indoors, was going to put it out today but the weather was cold,wet and windy. I potted up last year into a clay pot, it was so heavy bringing indoors this time would advise a plastic pot and burying the pot in the garden,if you have the space,to reduce watering, the tree will take up water then,from the bed it's planted in.

I waited till March to pot up last year, will do the same this year but replant into a plastic pot the same size and scoop out compost from the sides and any loose compost round the roots, adding fresh stuff to give the tree some nutrients, primarily because I don't want it growing too tall and if potted up into a bigger pot it willl get taller.

Hope this is helpful..happy gardening...

 

Strange PM from unknown person.

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 21:47

Zoomer went off to check her PM 's and has one too, nice to hear there's such a lot of nice people on here.

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 23:21

I'm, with you on lavender. Only planted it a couple of years ago and it is so not worth the effort.

Rosemary may go to the GC in the sky this year, grown in pots, it grows woody very quickly and I seldom cook with it. The jury's still out on a further attempt at growing bulb fennel, may try one last time only because if the bulbs don't develop the leaves can still be cooked with. 

I've also a rambling rose whose days are numbered, it did not produce the desired growth last year and had black spot.  

Perlite or Vermiculite

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 22:17

I've had problems with damping off in the past so use vermisculite when sowing seeds and potting up seedlings. Perlite is mixed in the compost for hanging baskets, I won't be using it in pots around the garden this year unless permanent features as it doesn't decompose very quickly, my compost bin is currently full of tiny white balls from last years pots  

White fly in compost

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 21:38

Your compost may be to wet, a good breeding ground for pests, in which case take sufficient out to add a layer of shredded paper then cover with the compost you've taken out, this should help dry the compost a little and the layer on top will help the paper decompose.

Whitefly die in cold weather so something else to try would be to leave the lid off your darlek during the night when particularly cold weather is expected...ie... frost but when not expecting rain, this will expose the flies and larva to cold extremes. No rain means your compost isn't exposed to further moisture. 

As FG advises a fly trap hung inside the lid is also a good plan or spraying organically with a spray of garlic and olive oil may help. Aphids breath through their skin and this should kill them.

 Not sure how helpful this will be...others may be able to provide further advise

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:44

I agree to with punkdoc and Verdun. I'm so pleased I double dug veg and flower beds first before planting. It was so hard work but with a layer of compost, muck or mulch each Autumn the beds now have loads of worms in and look like black gold in all but the hottest summers and weeds pull out so easy...

Digging in Winter though isn't a good plan, best done in the Autumn or Spring.  

Tomatoes

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:30

I grow a slection of both and try a few new one's each year. Tumbling toms -in hanging baskets, last year, did well. Golden Sunrise do well but can sometimes be a little watery. Cerise is a good one. This year's new one's are tigerella - a stripped tom, prune noire - a black tom and Ildl - a yellow grape tom.      

I going to try not to sow until late March

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:59

If spuds did ok then the area must get some sun.

You may find, veggies you grow will mature later due to the shade, or the fence/wall creates a micro climate so you can grow stuff people on an allotment can't, for instance I've grown sweetcorn successfully, yet the allotment behind my home can't grow it because the ground is more open to the elements.  

I get sun from dawn till dusk but the veg beds are partially over shadowed by a fence, anything grown near the fence tends harvest a few weeks later. 

If you are thinking brassicas, cabbage takes up a lot growing space and unless you have an allotment there's little return. Broccoli, swede, turnip, radish (including mooli) take up less space, I grow kohl rabi which does well.   

Hope this has been helpful...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

I'm thinking possibly Tenerife next year KEF  rained most of the day here in this part of the NW and last year it was in the 30's over there

Happy gardening.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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GH tom bed...

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Saving bean seeds...

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