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Im about to pot on some young plants-toms,courgettes,lettuce, i am putting the into large pots/tubs, can anyone tell me if i need a drainage layer(broken crocks) in bottom of each pot before compost?
many thanks :-)



make sure the pots have drainage holes in them then cover with crock!!

9 May, 2010


Brill! :-)
As youve guessed im a completely "green" at this.....seemed an obvious question but needed to double check lol.

ps....why do they need the drainage layer anyways?...would sand mixed in work as good?

9 May, 2010


Hi Greengrowing.......

You put crocks in to stop the soil from blocking the holes and sand would block them quicker than soil!

9 May, 2010


ahh got it now thanks (im not really thick honest lol)

i asked bout the sand cos someone suggested mixing it with compost for carrots grown in buckets?....

sooo many people with sooo many ideas its hard to know what to try.

9 May, 2010


Some one told me there are no thick questions if you don't know the answer and everyone here is really good at helping each other out.
You can mix sand with your soil for carrots in buckets, especially if your soil is clay based. Carrots like a very loose, stone free, soil so they can push down into it. If they meet stones they are likely to split into two or more roots.

9 May, 2010


thanks Ian and your right only way to learn is to ask..and ask...and ask

Im using potting compost for the carrots?
the root splitting in two...thats bad then?

Also just had quick nosey at your page, saw the garden of your new home!!!
Im new to all this (tho family had a plot when i was a kid|) but Im ever so slightly jelous of what youl have in the months/yrs to come!!!

Good luck :-)

9 May, 2010


I should imagine potting compost will be OK but you'll need an awful lot of it, at least 10 - 12 inches deep.
If your carrots do split they will taste the same (1000% better than shop bought) but will be more difficult to clean/peel as the roots can twine around each other.

We have been lucky to get the house we need AND an enormous garden to boot, I also have a full sized allotment as well so I'm going to be pretty busy this year! Lol

9 May, 2010


busy ...and very full up!

Must be great being able to walk onto a plot or wander in a garden and pick
veggies for your dinner lol....and pick flowers for the house....ah well i can dream lol..

ive got a fair bit of compost now and dont intend having too many buckets of carrots lol.....

thanks for the advice..the whole split root thing makes sense now :-)

9 May, 2010

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