I'm a novice gardener very keen to grow a lot more of my own veg
Unfortunately, I only have a small and quite windy roof space - abou
nine feet by five.
I grew tomatoes and bell peppers quite successfully last summer, an
have some squash and courgettes on the go this year, but what I reall
want is to grow near-year-round, like a real allotment.
Does anyone know any good books specifically for balcony/rooftop/potte
gardening, or should I just get a general allotment book? What I need t
know is the the best plants for the conditions (I'll eat anything...
and the best times to plant etc. - a real guidebook.
All tips and recommendations gratefully received - Cheers
As you can grow these I guess your climate is something like warm-temperate
which gives you some choice. Your biggest problems will be wind damage and
drying out due to wind, heat absorbtion by bricks/concrete and limited sized
containers. Try to erect partitions or windbreaks if possible, provided you
leave enough sun. Also try to have few large tubs rather than many small ones
and remember to water religiously in hot or windy weather.
As for species try growing a cool season crop with low veges like mizuna and
other smaller/dwarfed brassicas. Soft leafed greens like lettuce and spinach
(if you can keep them mainly out of the wind) and tougher leafy greens like
silver beet, kale etc if you cannot remedy the wind, these have a chance of
going all year. Kale is a brassica too but I like it so it gets mentioned
David - Thanks very much for those tips. Sorry, should have said - I'
in London, England.
I think windbreaks are probably going to be necessary, and thanks fo
the cool climate sugegstions. I like kale too so that's going on th
list. Shall look into a range of pots too.
Still looking for a good book recommendation if anyone has one. I'
aware of Google, but I've always found personal recommendations mor
I don't recognize Les as a poster in this newsgroup. The book was
published May 25, 2008. It hasn't been reviewed by anyone yet. Amazon
tersely describes it as "a simple, practical guide to planting in pots."
Curiously, Les didn't recommend the book. He didn't say he found it
useful or well written. He only said, "try "Plants in Pots"". I'd wait
for a warmer recommendation.
On the other hand. If you are looking for a mean/maudlin, pretentious,
foul mouth, I think we have just the boy for you;-)
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