Seed Swaps

Spot The Difference?

16 Jul 2012
Rainy 17°C / 63°F

3 plants from seeds, two planted in my new raised bed, one planted in a large round pot that had herbs in last year, all planted at the same time. The one in the round pot is huge!

All have been grown, watered and feed the same, the only difference is the compost used! I would have said the compost soil mix in the new bed would have been better as it was new this year. The compost mix in the pot was old compost from last year refreshed with a layer of new compost and mixed in, so why such a difference?

Photo 1: My Monster Courgette plant
Phot0 2: It’s two smaller brothers!




Interesting. It could be the soil, or it could be that the container has different drainage or warmer soil or gets more sun.

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Thanks anelson and I had similar thoughts, but location of the two is a few meters apart and get the same sun etc. It could be the pot, but it’s a very deep pot, but thick so may retain heat better, never thought of that one!

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’ve found basil and peppers do better in containers for me and I assume it is because the soil gets warmer.

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I wonder if some seedlings are just more vigerous than others? At the pricking out stage, there are always ones doing a lot better than others, and although I can’t bing myself to discard any before I grow them on, I should do because the ‘runts’ never do anything and hardly grow on at all. I’ve have many meconopsis but only a few have made it out into the Lane! The rest are sulking in the coldframe in suspended animation….

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I agree Motherhen, but the plant in the pot that is massive was the spare or runt of the litter, as it was left over after planting the other two in the raised bed! I think it’s just one of those things, not that I’m complaining as it’s produced some great courgette’s so far!

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Maybe its soil depth? The bed looks quite shallow and I’d have thought the pot was deeper.

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

seeingreen, yes the pot is deeper than the beds, but the beds are deeper than they look. They actually go down on the inside a good deal deeper than the frame, so don’t see that as an issue, as the carrots are growing downwards very nicely. I think it comes down to a warmer pot and maybe the compost mixtures, but whatever at least all plants are producing courgettes, even if they are bigger in the pot :)

Posted on 17 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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