Container gardening

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Moorland Prepper
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Container gardening

Post by Moorland Prepper » Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:24 pm

We usually go away two or three times during the summer and leave the garden in the hands of two very capable gardeners. We are going no-where this year and so have decided to have a go at vegetable gardening

We have several large garden pots/planters and have just ordered a variety of plants - tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, lettuce, and a couple of other that I can’t remember. A pack of three-foot canes are on their way from Amazon.

Just spoke to a neighbour today, over his garden wall, and noticed a new greenhouse he was erecting.

More and more people seem to be doing this over the summer, so order your plants early as I think that there will be a rush.

If anyone can point me to a site, book or video where we can get more information on this, I would be most grateful. There are a lot available (too many really) but getting a recommendation is always best. My OH has green fingers but not me I’m afraid, so a bit of education in this area is needed.

GillyBee
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Re: Container gardening

Post by GillyBee » Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:50 am

For container gardening you could take a look at the vertical veg website.I also like Charles Dowding's no dig website monthly update for vegetables in general and there is always the RHS and Gardeners World websites.

https://verticalveg.org.uk/
https://charlesdowding.co.uk
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice
https://www.gardenersworld.com/

Many garden centres sell their veg plants too early. They know that if you plant outside too soon, you will be back to buy a second lot if there is a cold snap. They also sell things that are better grown from seed so it is worth learning to do some of this yourself.
Tomatoes and beans can be started in April/May on a windowsill. (Zero cost tomatoes can be sown from seeds in supermarket toms but may not give identical fruit). Pea shoots make a fun quick crop staright into a container outdoors. https://verticalveg.org.uk/how-to-grow-pea-shoots/

featherstick
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Re: Container gardening

Post by featherstick » Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:52 am

I did a write-up of a container gardening course I attended with Mark Ridsdill Smith of vertical veg - search the site for it.

Watering is key - containers warm up and lose water very quickly and the foliage prevents rainwater from filling the pots. You'll find yourself watering even when it's raining.

Moorland Prepper
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Re: Container gardening

Post by Moorland Prepper » Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:36 am

Thanks GillyBee and featherstick, the links are just what I'm after. Mrs M want to look at these as well as neither of us have done this before.

Mrs M has already explained that the plants will need to go into the greenhouse first, so over Easter I've got the job of clearing it out!

No problem about watering. We have three small natural ponds in the garden which require regular attention as does Mrs M's collection of bonsai trees. I'm quite adept at watering things.

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