Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Watering November 25, 2008

Filed under: Watering,Weather — northernwindowgardener @ 12:42 pm
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Watering CanThis is probably the thing I’ve found hardest to get right and has contributed to the failures of  a few plants by getting this wrong.

The first couple of books I looked at that mentioned watering had some pretty ambigious advice on when to water – mainly saying that you should water when it looked like you needed to. They also said that it wasn’t an exact science and you couldn’t rely on watering to a schedule. Some help that was or so I thought.

At first this seemed wrong. Surely boxes that were in similar positions could be watered on a regular schedule? Well, very quickly that idea disappeared. Local conditions clearly played their part. The amount of sun, wind and rain affected things. The type of plant affected things. The size of the box, the quantity of plants and the boxes ability to drain well affected things.

The pictures in the books and online weren’t that much of a help either. Plants that were over-watered seemed to display the same characteristics as those that were under-watered!

Having been unsatisfied with the results of sticking a finger into the soil to check (having no frame of reference to judge how damp the soil was) and (more…)

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Aster – Victoria November 19, 2008

Filed under: Autumn,Flower,Watering,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 12:08 pm
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This was the first failure and it was really caused by trying to be too clever.

The original plant was quite big as it was the only Aster the shop had and it was a plant I wanted to try out. After reading a bit online it suggested that you could split the plant so that’s what I did. One half was immediately planted into Maggie and as you might see from the original pic, it was flowering well. Sadly this didn’t last and due to my inability to water properly (more some other time on this!) and the ham-fisted attempt at splitting the plant, it quickly started to lose flowers and stop growing.It had also developed a bit of mould which sadly appears to be something that I’ve managed to attract on other plants too.

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