Monday, June 2, 2014

Growing in pots

The robust nature of the courgette plants means we should be eating them in a couple of days, this is of course due to warm fine and occasional rainy weather, not forgetting the compost that half fills the pots. Tomatoes plants are already beginning to flower as well and the runner beans are growing tall. There is always a battle with the slugs and snails, never use slug pellets because of the birds and their young and also our hedgehog that lives under the shed.
Pots are the mainstay of the garden, not so many lilies this year, though I hanker after the great white scented ones, and would love a collection of penstemons but any more pots and I would be using the lawn! (just negotiated that one with LS over coffee)
Talking to my daughter yesterday and sadly the children do not have any interest in gardening, here they are living in Edible Todmorden and completely ignore the events going on around.  They are all going to the cottage in Whitby next weekend to visit school friends. Lillie will be 8 years this June, how they grow, both girls are like exotic blooms themselves, flowering away, as is their brother Ben, who quietly stands by, I wonder what the future holds for them?








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4 comments:

  1. Good to grow things in pots Thelma - especially courgettes - we never do well with these. I agree that one has to keep hedgehogs safe - there are enough dead ones on the road without us adding to the death toll with slug pellets.

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    1. I agree, growing things in pots you tend to be more protective, at the moment I have the red lily beetle on my lilies, which get dumped into the green recycling bin and for the greenfly that appear spray them with watered down washing up liquid.. Our hedgehog potters around in the garden leaving little scats everywhere, but he has the green in front for more adventorous outings.

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  2. Your courgettes are way ahead of mine, but then I only bought a couple of youngsters a fortnight ago and they only got PLANTED properly 2 days ago! They'll soon catch up.

    I only use pet and animal-safe slug bait as well. I was deliberating today whether I get the expanding sheep's-wool slug barrier pellets today or the one I did get (name escapes me).

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    1. Read an article yesterday in 'Permaculture' that went into the many ways of disposing slugs. Some people use nematodes but they displace the ecology of the garden apparently. The sheep's wool sounds fascinating, as LS is cooking tempura today, the courgette flowers might end up cooked...

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