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Survival information in the UK web and media
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:16:22 PM »

You may not have room for a vegetable patch or time for an allotment, but many delicious varieties of salad, vegetable and fruit will thrive in containers and don't take up much space. Follow our guide if you want to grow crops on patios, balconies, windowsills and roof gardens.

About container-grown fruit and veg

There is a whole range of crops suitable for growing in pots. For the greatest choice of plants, grow from seed, but if you don't mind too much about the variety, buy ready grown plants or plug plants from garden centres or mail-order suppliers.

TomatoesIt's best to try compact plants such as sweet peppers, chilli peppers, aubergine and tumbling varieties of tomatoes, rather than tall growing vegetables such as Brussels sprouts that demand lots of water and can be blown down easily. With lettuces, go for varieties that you pick a few leaves at a time rather than the whole head at once. Herbs can be planted on their own or try growing ten different varieties in a strawberry planter. Most plants are ideal in multi-purpose compost, but some have special needs, for instance thyme prefers well-drained soil and blueberries need acidic ericaceous compost.

If growing from seed, check the instructions on the packet. Either raise in small pots before planting into larger ones or scatter across the surface of the compost and water in. For larger fruit bushes such as blueberries, figs, peaches and apricots, select a larger pot and make sure you check the compost requirements on the plant label.
What to do
Choosing pots

Choose containers that are large enough for the eventual size of your plant. A good rule of thumb is to choose pots between 20-45cm (8-17in) in diameter. Many compact herbs are ideal in smaller containers, while vigorous plants such as mint will need a bigger pot to spread. Root vegetables need deep pots with plenty of compost and big pots are needed to support top-heavy plants such as tomatoes. Plastic pots are cheap to buy, while glazed or plain terracotta look attractive. However, these absorb water which makes compost dry out more quickly. Remedy this by lining the inside of the pot with polythene, pierced at the base for drainage.
How to plant

    Mix a handful of water-retaining crystals into your compost and fill your chosen pot to 2cm (1in) below the top.
    Gently tap to settle the compost and firm down with your fingertips to leave a level surface.
    Scoop out compost in the centre of the pot to leave a hole slightly bigger than the rootball of your plant.
    Remove its pot and place in hole.
    Replace compost around the plant and firm, making sure the surface of the plant is level with the top of the compost.
    If growing from seed, either raise in small pots before planting or depending on variety, scatter across the surface of the compost or sow in rows.


    Keep leafy herbs compact and productive by removing flower buds and picking regularly.
    Keep all pots well watered and feed fruit or vegetables with a high potash feed when flowers form.
    Support aubergine and chilli peppers with canes to prevent the stems snapping under the weight of their fruit.

Five groups to try

    Mixed salad leaves
    Aubergines, peppers and tomatoes
    Parsley, basil, mint
Figs and capsicum growing in pots  - telegraph UK


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Re: Survival information in the UK web and media
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 04:08:11 AM »
Also, very helpful for folks in poor soil area's such as the Mohave. We have loads of beach sand & hard clay here. My backyard is fill dirt on top of clay. We always bring back a bag of "dried" cow pies back from the mtns to put in our soil.   
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Re: Survival information in the UK web and media
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 01:16:45 PM »
Here's a You Tube video made by a fellow in England.
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...THE 10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO SURVIVE   5:39  281,450 Views


Uploaded by wall2rockclimber on Oct 4, 2008

A look at the basic 10 items needed when leaving for the wilderness
for survival or for bushcrafting


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Re: Survival information in the UK web and media
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 12:30:48 PM »
Belatedly posting this one.
Town Hall Member Peter Angel Taylor started his own site:



Link: Who We Are

Yowbarb Note: You may be able to get some survival info and find out about supplies, etc.
Have a look especially if you are in the UK area or Europe.



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