Posts Tagged ‘feeding’

Container Potatoes.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 20, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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There is nothing much better from the veg garden, than the first new potatoes. Served with butter and fresh mint, to me that is heaven. I dont have an allotment and I have only a moderate sized garden, so I grow potatoes in containers. I concentrate on growing first and second earlies only, but you can grow maincrops too. Containers. You can grow your potatoes in any container but the bigger the better. You can use pots, tubs, buckets, old compost sacks or specialist potato growing bags. You can even use old dustbins and stacked tyres. I have used the large sized reuseable bags bought from supermarkets for about 40p. They even have handles on for easy moving. Whatever container you use, you will need to make some drainage holes. I find drainage holes work best if made along the s

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The Freezing Weather.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 18, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment No Comments
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I know that it's January and it's winter, but bimey it's cold. At least there's no more mud, the ground has frozen solid and is as hard as iron. I have 5 outdoor cats, a stray that adopted me a couple of years ago, who then gave me a present of 4 kittens. Thankfully they are all neutered, so no more.  They have two nice warm 'cat houses' and I keep them well fed. When feeding them the last two mornings, their food was freezing before they could eat it all. I had to bring their bowls indoors, warm it up then let them finish breakfast. Thats cold. I was putting out water both for them and also some for the birds, that froze within minutes! Lots of birds are coming to the feeders. I have put out peanuts, fatballs, fruit and sunflower hearts. The birds that visit are, sparrows, blue tits,

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Feeding and Watering.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender July 11, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

I have always been suprised by the number of people who ask if they should feed their plants, and also by the number of people who never feed their plants. It doesn't matter what the plant is, from small potplant on a windowsill, to the largest oak tree in a forest, all need feed, and of course, water. If a plant or crop is growing in the open soil, in a bed or border, it will have access to a wide variety of minerals and nutrients, even so they will be flower and crop better if given extra feeding. In most normal seasons they will have access to sufficiant water in all but the hottest weather. The last few years have been been anything but normal. With our weather swinging from drought to floods, our plants need our help. We cant always do much about flooding, though improving drainage

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