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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Fat Controller, May 26, 2021.

  1. CanadianLori

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    How big are your herb pots @Fat Controller ? Looks like a nice way to get a crop.
     
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    They are upcycled bus shampoo barrels cut in half - each one will take around two bales of compost, so around 240-250 litres each.
     
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      Oh heavens @Fat Controller , I don't think I'll be doing that. Not got the space or the soil!
       
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        I'd forgotten how big your barrels are and how many. You have a good start there, they all look happy.
         
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          We sowed some squash seeds at the beginning of the week and they're 2" high now. This hot spell will help them germinate quickly. :blue thumb:
           
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            I am attempting to grow Melons for the first time in my greenhouse. I have already prepared myself for a complete failure:) but thought I would at least try something new. I have germinated seed in a heated propagator and intend to transfer them into the greenhouse. Would I be better to plant the seedlings in the soil bed or in large containers? not quite as big as Fat Controllers but about 30 ltr. The soil temperature will be higher I would imagine in containers so perhaps favourable?
             
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              @hailbopp I grow mine in large pots in the greenhouse. This year I've got Emir and I'll get them into their final pots this next week.
               
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                I tried them in the greenhouse last year and failed miserably, but then I even failed with cucumbers last year....
                 
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                  "Bus shampoo" went on my list of words I will never learn to pronounce. Guess "bus wash" would be even worse though. :noidea:

                  Anyways, looking very good @Fat Controller , keep us posted on the progress! :dbgrtmb:
                   
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                    Thank you Nigel. When you say large pots do you mean about 10 ltrs or much bigger? I have a good selection of pots to choose from. I too am growing Emir but I fear that is where the similarity ends. I live hundreds of miles north of you so my efforts are unlikely to enjoy the warm temperatures they like. I would be grateful if you could refrain from posting up too many photos of your successes:).
                     
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                      They are one of the joys of being in the trade - had them a lot of years now too. I was at a meeting years ago, and at the end was having a natter with colleagues (the usual, what are you doing this weekend, sort of conversation) and I mentioned that I was going to be looking for some large planters or big pots for the garden..... I was offered 'a couple' of those barrels if I wanted them, which were ideal. When I got home, 7 barrels had been delivered and were sitting in my driveway :biggrin:
                       
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                      @hailbopp Okay only one photo if they do well. I use 20 litre pots. I had more success with melons in Essex than here in Devon, you will probably need to help out on the pollination front.
                      @Fat Controller cucumbers are the easier of the two in my opinion.
                       
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                        I usually don't have any problem with cucumbers, but last year was a bit of a disaster for them. Tomatoes on the other hand, it was a great year.
                         
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                        Yes my Cucumbers were not good either for no apparent reason as usually have a great crop. It ‘s these “ mysteries” that make me glad I don’t try to produce vegetables for a living.
                         
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                          Been a busy day today, but at the other end of the garden. This is the area that once was grass that we turned into a sort of raised bed last year. We essentially ran out of money to put as much soil in as we wanted/needed, so for this year we are not going anything wild with it.

                          Here it is tidied up, but leaving the volunteer potatoes alone - no idea if they will come to anything, but they are looking good so far, so why not leave them be?

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                          To keep furry little paws off, at least until the plants themselves are big enough to deter him themselves, we had to put a net around it. Quite comical being in a corner under a tree with a bit of old loganberry poking at your bum and a dog intent on licking your ear as you try and tie on the netting...

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                          The brassicas will go over on this side, using the frame from an old sunbed to hold up the netting for those.

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                          There will be a smaller area of netting between the acer and the hydrangea (probably broccoli)
                           
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