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Trees in Pots

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:02

Mary - What ever you decide to plant in a pot on your balcony if there are people living below be mindful when watering. 

The pot will need to stand in a tray if there are people living below so they don't get showered everyday. Gravel as a mulch in the top of your pot reduces evapouration meaning less watering.

Terracotta pots absorb water so better to use a pot which is unlikly to absorb water...plastic or similar might be better. 

I'd be inclined to mix water retaining jelly with the compost if the pot is in full sun, this helps to prevent the compost drying out and the need to water although on hot days you may still need to water daily.

Hope this is helpful, can't help with which tree to plant though...   

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 20:37

Think I'll join you guys watching allotments on Youtube, Gardeners World and Beechgrove finish in October.

Gg I've still more paths to put in so if we get a delivery of bark chippings it will be a bonus.

I'm currently making a list of to do jobs over winter.

Haven't heard anything about the top half of the plot yet but the guys either side seem to want me to get it which is encouraging.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 21:23

Great pics Gg, It looks like the plots are on flat land, most of ours are on a slope.

 Sowed a grass path over the weekend, it may not have been the best plan but I'm happy to live and learn. It's not covered with netting so the birds may well have made a feast of the seeds by now  ...and after sowing the guy on the neighbouring plot told me wood chips by the tonne were delivered on site last December...

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 19:34

I'm happy for my seeds to go to a good home, a swap is a bonus  

Vegetable Seed Swop

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:00

Thank you Forester for the seeds, sorry for not getting back sooner. I received them mid week. I haven't tried that variety before.

I had a good tidy through my seed box, alot went out of date this year so haven't got as many as I thought to swap.

Lettuce - little gem, Rocket and carrots - nantes 5, all good to 2017

Also cauliflower - all the year round and winter aalsmeer, it's probably to late to sow these this year but they are good to 2017/2016.

Will also have home saved chilli, toms and bean seeds later in the year.

 

cleaning greenhouse

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 19:16

I'm happy to be wrong but as long as you don't grow spuds in the raised bed it should  be ok.

Make sure you take out all the tomato plant though, this needs to be burned or taken to the council site.

Growing grass paths...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:29

Frank - nice to hear you are on the mend  - I'm thinking weed limitation with the grass and mowing seems alot easier than back breaking weeding

I started an allotment thread and a poster on there has suggested wood chip paths but there would be the expense of getting the wood chip and weed surpressent.

I've already purchased seed too. I was thinking to start with...grow grass around the fruit tree's which will be dwarf stock, so not too much shade and hopefully enough light to grow grass rather than watch weeds growing on bare soil....and as for the paths... experiment and sow seeds down one section of the plot for paths, I can always rethink if it gets too much.

Supernoodle, the paths will be level but on a slight slope and alittle wider than a wheel barrow.. me thinks I might need something a little bit more heavy duty than the argo mower but what do other posters think... 

  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:04

GWRS - you have been a busy beaver....

The raspberry canes growing across the top plot have been in fruit a couple of weeks does this make them autumn fruiting?

I'm happy to be wrong but was given to understand autumn one's are easier to grow as you can prune them right down.

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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:58

Good idea for a new thread.

I sowed my sweetpea at the weekend, as you know David here in the NW my October sowings haven't done to well in the past. We've already had some frost mornings and chilly evenings. 

I might need to pot them up before winter sets in though as the pots could be to shallow.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:50

Gg - grew nasturgum on plot 1 this year, pumper crop of seeds which I've pickled and the flowers were nice on salads.

I've saved seeds off dahlias and marigold from the back garden to grow on the allotment next year. Also planted dafs and tulips, sown sweet pea in the GH and plant up some Garlic in modules with more to plant.

The plan is to try and fill most of the new half plot with perienniel type stuff, like strawberries, globe artichokes, rubarb, fruit tree's and bushes, and herbs.

A triple plot must keep you busy Mel. How big are the plots?

 

  

 

Discussions started by Zoomer44

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Just signed up for a new allotment...OMG...  
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Re planting fruit tree's...

I planted a plum tree last year in what was the right spot.... 
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Shredded pine leaves....

Can they be used as a mulch round blueberry bushes. 
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Weed wands...

Do any posters use them... 
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Poorly dwarf apple tree

I uncovered a dwarf apple amongst brambles last year.... 
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Shed of the year...

Did anyone else watch the programme this evening... 
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Growing globe artichokes...

I'm growing them for the first time... 
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Currant bushes ...should I be worried...

New shoots on my currant bushes are bubbly. The bubbles are orange/brown making the leaves start to shrivel... 
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Growing lillies.

A Q about used compost...  
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Best compost for 2015

Thought I start as new compost thread. 2013 from what I recall wasn't a particularly good year for compost,  
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Replanting blueberry bushes...

I've a couple of bushes in pots.... 
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Advent calendar prize draw...

Has anyone won anything.... 
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Glode artichokes, over wintering..

Hadn't planned to grow these... 
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Anyone grow globe artichokes...

After saying I wasn't going to grow them several weeks ago I picked up 12 plants from the nearly dead section of a store.... 
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How to pollinate a Bramley apple tree...

I'd like to grow both dessert and culnary apple tree's...  
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