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23/03/2009 at 21:11

Garlic in pots. Too late now for this year isn't it? When I grew it before it was autumn planting, needs the frost or something.

Now beetroot- I just was given some orange beetroot seeds so that's a plan!

24/03/2009 at 09:46
you can plant garlic in spring but you tend to get a better yield of planted in autumn....

I'm trying broad beans in pots this year - don't expect much but worth a try using some left over compost from last year with added nutrients
24/03/2009 at 09:50

Tomato hanging baskets,anyone tried them???

I am going to give them a go this year,I bought a pack of seeds that contained carrots & tomato's specifically for baskets.

24/03/2009 at 09:54

My next door neighbour does a variation on tomatoes in hanging baskets - she's got buckets with holes in the bottom that she hangs on the walls of her house.  The tomatoes are planted upside down so the plants grow through the bottom of the buckets.  Doesn't seem to work particularly better than conventional means, but they do take up a lot less space.

But if you've got varieties specifically aimed at hanging baskets you might get better results.  Never tried them myself though!

24/03/2009 at 10:06
tried toms in hanging baskets some years ago but they didn't work that well - waste of time in fact...........much like hanging baskets generally which tend to be more work than worth imho

24/03/2009 at 10:10

I planted all my garlics in early October of last year & they are totally flying now.

The elephant garlics have taken really well & are starting to look like large onions.

The Garlic Farm in the Isle of White provide an excellent mail order service for anyone wanting to get into growing different varieties.

Lady P space certainly is one problem with tomatoes,so I thought I would only do 4 or 5 grow bags this year & then try some hanging baskets.

24/03/2009 at 10:20

I've done toms in baskets, worked fine to be fair, until the entire lot went crashing to the floor cos of the weight!!

Last year was a bit of a disaster on tom front with disease.  Fingers crossed this year - I think a lot was down to the weather last year. 

24/03/2009 at 10:22
BRT - have u done the grow bag stuff before?  I have found that if the grow bag is for 3 plants say then only grow 2 as they will thrive much better
24/03/2009 at 10:25
I guess you had blight then stuart - the wet weather wouldn't have helped. some years ago when I had a greenhouse I came home from a September holiday to find that all my toms - inside and out - had been blighted. Something like 20+ plants went west,lost the whole crop bar what I'd already picked - made me want to cry when I saw it all. A friend (a gardener by trade) had been looking after them but there was nothing he could do as it had been raining a lot and as soon as blight starts, it spreads like wildfire.......he said they all went in 2 days.....

let's hope for a better summer this year - we could do with one
24/03/2009 at 12:31

I think I said previously 1 tomato last year from 50 odd plants due to blight,that probably makes me officially the shitest Gardner on RW.

Kinda makes you wonder what Mr Tesco has done to his toms???

Blisters    pirate
24/03/2009 at 19:26

Last year was particularly poor for toms where we are. Cool and wet. In fact, I normally compost the lot, but last year decided that it was too risky and they went to the green Local Authority wheelie. I'm not allowed to burn things here.

Our hanging baskets are managed by use of an automatic watering system based on a timer. Fairly easy and saves a lot of effort. Actually, I must re-rig it.

Edited: 24/03/2009 at 19:27
24/03/2009 at 22:37

Hello! I've just found this thread and hope you don't mind me joining in.

I bought some land off my next door neighbour last year with the plan of using the bulk of it to grow vegetables. I'm completely new to any of this so I hope it will be ok if I can use and abuse all your knowledge.

After clearing the land completely over the winter, I've now got a greenhouse and 2 fairly large raised beds and I'm hoping I'm ready to now start growing as many different things as possible. At the moment I've planted a lot of different seeds which are just starting to come through in seed trays in the greenhouse and I've got some first early/second early and main crop potatoes chitting in there too.

First quick question (I'll bombard you all with more another tiime), my first earlies don't seem to be doing as well as my second earlies. Have I don't something wrong? and if so, what can I do to 'jig things along a bit'? Also, when should I be thinking about planting them all out?

(ok, so that was 3 questions....told you I would be bombarding you!!)  

Thanks, all hints and tips gratefully accepted!

24/03/2009 at 22:39

Mr Kwilter will be planting our potatoes within the next week. I can't remember what type we've got, sorry!

He's off to the lottie to plant seeds and take the last few boxes of spuds and onions down tomorrow.

25/03/2009 at 07:25

Welcome along Mandie.  If you're superstitious like me, then Easter, but if they're going for it then get them in the ground now, especially the first earlies.   The important thing with spuds is to keep earthing them up so the frost doesn't get them.

25/03/2009 at 09:37

Thanks everyone.

hailunlikely - We can make all our mistakes together then. I realised my first one the other day. A friend of mine pointed out that I should have planted the cloves of garlic, not the full bulb like I did!! (the mouldy bulbs were dug up and replaced with cloves straight away! )

25/03/2009 at 14:49
haile - farmers market mate.......
25/03/2009 at 15:17

i love radishes
can you post them??

come down to brum for a visit when they are ready - you can come and see me and he who must not be named

25/03/2009 at 16:36

Today's tip:

Parsnips need to be thickly sown and are notoriously slow to germinate. To save hoeing them up, once you've sown them but before you cover them, sprinkle radish seeds (lightly, Haile!) along the top. Your radishes will have grown and been harvested before the parsnips will be through and the neat row of seedling will show you where not to hoe.

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 17:58
Stringless beans bought ready for next month, peas going in small pots at w/end and hopefully get some carrots bed in too.
Edited: 25/03/2009 at 17:58
25/03/2009 at 18:51
We've had a total of about 20 carrots in 8 years from our allotment. Bliddy carrot fly!! The plots were riddled with them even before they were renovated, looks like the little b*ggers have passed the knowledge down the generations.
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