Allotments in Wales : Grow your own veg (Google / icWales)

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Grow your own veg – and a healthier heart

The demand for allotments is on the rise and in some cities waiting lists even exceed five years. Gardening and growing your own is back in fashion and rightly so. With the exercise involved and the nutritious food it yields, gardening can play a key role in a healthy heart lifestyle, as well as being therapeutic and personally satisfying. If you don’t have an allotment or garden space is limited, there are plenty of ways to veggify your garden – grow vegetables among flowers, include fruit bushes in a mixed hedge and encourage bean plants to clamber along an unsightly wall or fence. Try growing potatoes in buckets or black bin liners and let tomatoes and strawberries trail from hanging baskets that slugs can’t reach. Continue reading Allotments in Wales : Grow your own veg (Google / icWales)

Container gardening 101 (Google / Canada / Abbotsfordtimes)

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Container gardening 101

Anne Marrison, The Times

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Small space gardeners love container plantings, but gardeners in larger spaces also have situations where containers are indispensable – they can emphasize bends of a path, flank doorways and make maximum security jails for beautiful but invasive plants. Best of all, each potted mini-garden allows the gardener complete control. You can make your own soil mix, move your pot into sunny or shady conditions as required and know that any pests will be easy to see and remove.

Container plantings of most annual flowers need rich soil because the plants need to be put very closely together. Often people add a slow-release balanced fertilizer [all numbers the same] before planting, though this isn’t necessary where a mix already contains fertilizer. Close clusters of annuals usually need liquid fertilizer also, the frequency depending on solution strength. In order to keep blooms coming and ward off disease, there should be regular dead-heading and picking-off of dead of dying leaves. It is crucial containers don’t dry out. In hot summers, daily watering is needed for potted plantings in full sun. Continue reading Container gardening 101 (Google / Canada / Abbotsfordtimes)

Growing in Baskets (Paul DUXBURY)

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Growing in Baskets 

If you are growing plants in baskets there are a few things that you will need to take care of if the plants are to survive. Obviously you will need to start with the best and healthiest seeds or plants. It is important that you choose good quality container mix too. There are proprietary hanging basket mixes that you really should use as they have been developed to provide the best growing conditions in these unique situations. Continue reading Growing in Baskets (Paul DUXBURY)

Planting mix for containers (Google Alert / The Union)

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The Union – Nevada County Local News

Container gardening: Soil is king

By Carolyn Singer
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12:01 a.m. PT Aug 18, 2007

Early in the summer, the deer discovered the choice selection of plants on my porch. Gone was the beautiful white Impatiens in a blue container. In the same meal, my cherished red Begonia and scarlet pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) also disappeared. I should know better. This is not the first summer the deer have enjoyed my container gardening efforts in what I thought was my “safety zone.” But gardeners are ever optimistic, and I am no exception. Fortunately, this year I also decided to use hanging baskets for a few plants. So far, the deer have decided it is not worth it to climb onto the porch (three steps), climb up on my wicker chairs and stretch to reach those choice morsels hanging over the porch railing. Continue reading Planting mix for containers (Google Alert / The Union)

Inverted Indoor Gardening (OhCripes)

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Inverted Indoor Gardening

Like many people I enjoy gardening and growing houseplants. While my wife and I have a large garden during the summer months I have often thought about how it would be nice to grow things such as tomatoes and beans indoors during the winter months. Now I could have the floors lined with even more pots and planters than I do now but as much as my wife likes the movie I don’t think she would appreciate the house having that little shop of horrors decor. The logical choice for my indoor gardening is 1: container and 2: hanging. So after doing a few searches on the net I had come across a few options. There were of course the usual hanging planters that are really nothing more than a regular pot with strings tied to a ceiling hook. These really didn’t appeal to me due to previous experiences where the water of flowed down through the soil and filled the overflow basin at the bottom. Another option is hanging inverted planters which have been around for a very long time. Some in a much older design made from terra cotta in a traditional mexican style and a newer one made of plastic that had internal foam spacers for dirt/water containment. Continue reading Inverted Indoor Gardening (OhCripes)

Choosing containers for strawberry growing (RHS)

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Grow bags are widely used by commercial and home growers for strawberries. Each bag will take around six plants and grow bags previously planted with an unrelated crop can be reused. To help stabilise the microclimate and improve air circulation, position the grow bags on a wooden plank (preferably of treated timber) supported about 1m (3ft) above the ground, fixed to treated posts 7.5cm (3in) in diameter driven 45cm (18in) into the ground, or to a free-standing timber support, plastic crates or concrete blocks. Grow bags can also be placed directly onto upturned crates or boxes. A rail at each end with a 15-cm (6-in) wide, rigid, small-mesh net stretched along each side will support the fruit horizontally, which helps to improve the sugar content. Yields of around 0.5 kg (1 lb) of fruit per plant can be achieved. Continue reading Choosing containers for strawberry growing (RHS)

Strawberries in containers and grow bags (RHS)

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The Garden
January 2001

Pot the red

A handful of strawberry plants can yield a bumper crop of fruit. Jim Arbury recommends a variety of suitable containers

Jim Arbury is Superintendent of the Fruit Department at RHS Garden Wisley

Sweet and versatile, strawberries are the essence of a British summer and delicious when eaten freshly picked. Strawberry plants will yield good crops of fruit when grown in small spaces including a wide range of containers, and growbag cultivation is particularly economical and productive. The small, short-lived perennial plants are suitable for autumn or spring planting, and a little extra time spent now in caring for your autumn-planted runners and finding the right location to grow a container of cold-stored strawberry plants will help to improve your chances of a bumper summer harvest. Continue reading Strawberries in containers and grow bags (RHS)

Container gardening for all (selfsufficientish)

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So you live in a flat or a house with a small back yard and just don’t have room for gardening? Many people will take one look at this site and think, “I live in a small flat in Bristol (or wherever) I can’t be self sufficient”. This is true but you can be selfsufficientish. With a bit of lateral thinking you will surprised how much room you actually have. I was very impressed when I took a trip around Primrose Hill in London the other week. I saw an abundance of plants all growing in limited space. I also saw potential for many more. Whether it is just a window box, hanging basket or just a few pots on the patio you will soon find that you too could be self sufficientish. Continue reading Container gardening for all (selfsufficientish)

Vertical gardening – the sky is the limit (Google Alert / Bugdugle)

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Vertical gardening – the sky is the limit

2007-Jul-26 .. Posted in Other Gardening Topics


Ever seen a really nice fence? Me neither. So why not put up a ‘vertical garden’? Sounds weird huh? I know, but it can be done.

Vertical gardens are great for people who have ugly fences or limited space. Vertical gardens consist of hanging planters whether on porches, fence posts, or hanging from balconies. Wherever you live you can have vertical gardens. You can use a trellis, string, fishing line or a mesh fabric. The trellis can be wood or iron. The theory behind the vertical gardens is, if you provide a way for the vines to attach themselves to, you will have a wall of beauty.

Climbing roses are a favorite for these kinds of gardens, as is the Clematis. Other plants people love to see climb are morning glories, honeysuckle, ivy and in some areas grape vines. When you think about the different colors and varieties of these plant versions, you could add so much color to your outside area that will look elegant with color.

You can also add hanging basket plants such as carnations, petunias, dailies and geraniums to name a few. Making a hanging basket is easy and it gives you the opportunity to have a beautiful array of color anywhere.

Another type of vertical garden is the stacked box vertical gardens. These gardens are square boxes stacked on top up each other in a vertical direction. You then plant your plants inside with the flowers pointing out. This makes a box garden that can be use indoors or outdoors. Follow the link if you wanne know more about vertical gardening

Several methods for strawberry production (Tucson Gardener)

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The Strawberry Adventures

It’s easy to start new strawberry plants from the runners. Each small pot is the beginning of a new plant.

Last year’s impulse purchase of a dozen bare-root strawberry plants and two plastic grow bags turned into an adventure in search of a suitable method to grow strawberries in my garden. The plastic grow bags are long gone but the strawberry plants have multiplied and prospered. Whether it’s worth the few strawberries I picked this past spring is debatable but you can’t say I didn’t try several methods for strawberry production with varying degrees of success. Strawberry plants produce runners which in turn produce a plant at the end and then the new plant may send off another runner and so forth. The plants easily root whether it’s in the soil or small soil filled pots. The simplicity of strawberry plant propagation is what caused my troubles to begin. I rooted just about every plantlet I saw and by the end of last summer (2003) I had dozens and dozens of young strawberry plants. Continue reading Several methods for strawberry production (Tucson Gardener)