Thursday, September 07, 2006

Gardeners Question Time

When I first started living abroad, one of the things I missed most about Britain was the radio – especially Radio 4. But since the BBC started broadcasting over the Internet you can both listen live and catch up with programmes you missed by accessing the archive.

Yesterday I went into the
Gardener’s Question Time page and noticed that they had a list of vegetables recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society for growing in containers. I’ve never done much fruit or vegetable growing, mainly because the few miserable tomatoes and beans which I have tried have always failed miserably. But I might try and get hold of these for next year and have another go. They've all been given an Award of Garden Merit, and there are brief instructions given for sowing etc.

If you don't already know them, the BBC’s general gardening site is also one of the best I know and well worth checking out, as is the site of the RHS.

Despite my general failures however, this year’s melon experiment worked and the “babies” are growing visibly day by day – here’s the result so far. Definitely something to do again, starting much earlier, next year.


David (Snappy) said...

Can always try and see what grows on the balcony.I want to grow hollyhocks too.I have only one seedling growing, all the others have wilted.

Lynn said...

Hi...i'm new to your blog. I haven't read through all your posts yet, but I can tell you that I've successfully grown eggplant in containers.

Presently I'm growing:
Icheban - 57-59 days - hybrid, - 32 inches tall - soft, dark purple - slender cylindrical fruit.

I'll post a picture on my blog today.


roybe said...

Hello Sue there's a very interesting bog called Daleys fruit tree blog (there's a link from my blog) it has a short video on growing fruit trees in bags for balconies.

Sue Swift said...

Thanks for your messages and your ideas. Watch this space next year to see how things work out!

Anonymous said...

Well washing trees. That's a new one on me. And I thought that a balcony garden or patio might be less work! I guess it's work of a different kind

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