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Using little peat plant pots
by Annik • Fri 25 May 2012 09:02

Has anyone any experience of using the little peat plant pots that are supposed to allow the plant's roots to come through and to eventually rot away when planted in the soil?

For the first time, I planted tomatoes, sweet corn, dwarf beans and runner beans in them and brought them over from England when we came at Easter. Then because we had a lot of problems with the ravages of the winter on the house, the garden didn't get rotavated and manured for three weeks and they had to sit in their pots.

Since planting out, the beans and corn haven't got significantly bigger and don't look very happy. Do you think they are pot-bound or just suffering from the effects of the move and not being planted straight away? I am a bit reluctant to dig them up to check. The tomatoes are fine.

Annik

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Re: Using little peat plant pots
by lestroisours • Fri 25 May 2012 12:07

Anne bought some and they were not very good. You have to keep them wet enough for the roots to penetrate, at risk of making them so wet they rot.

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Re: Using little peat plant pots
by Annik • Sat 26 May 2012 09:19

Thanks, lestroisours. Yes, that's what I was afraid of. I dug up the least-flourishing bean yesterday and found that the pot was still intact after about 4 weeks in the soil, though, to be fair, the roots weren't very big either.

I found the pots in Lidl and Wilkinsons and thought they were the answer to transporting seedlings from home. However, I won't use them again. Occasionally in the past I have used cardboard loo rolls for the same purpose. They were OK because they sort of unravelled in the soil.

I have noticed that several veggie gardens round here don't seem to be doing very well at the moment. What is the Pontnoir members' general experience to date for 2012?

Annik

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Re: Using little peat plant pots
by Jeanne • Sat 26 May 2012 11:57

My veggies are doing extremely well.

I haven't treated them in anyway at all, just planted or followed on from last year. Strawberries have loads of fruit, raspberries too. Rhubarb has gone crazy.

Our potatoes have not been affected by the frost.

Think it varies on location too as I checked on a friend's, about 3km from mine and her potatoes had been hit badly by the frost.

Have been surprised too that the coriander has gone beserk as I had trouble growing that before.

I am no expert at all, just stick it in the ground and hope for the best :)

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