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Frost and potatoes


by Pippa Greenwood

The weather over the last few weeks has been phenomenal, even in Hampshire, the so-called 'soft south'.


pg_frost1I've never seen anything like it. The weather over the last few weeks has been phenomenal, even in Hampshire, the so-called 'soft south'. We've had some of the most fantastic hoar frosts I've ever known and seen some incredible icicles.

When the icicles melted, the water landed on my hellebores and sarcococca and then froze again, coating the plants in thick layers of ice. Now the temperatures have increased and everything has defrosted, it's good to see that neither the hellebores nor the sarcococca have been damaged. But the sarcococca has only flowered on the side that wasn't hit - which is fair enough!

Just about all the plants grown in containers have also perked up, though I suspect there may yet be a few casualties. The only real loss I've noted has been the potatoes we were storing in the shed. It was just too cold for them to survive. They're now waiting for me to put them on the compost heap and are starting to rot and smell absolutely putrid!



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Gardeners' World Web User 15/01/2009 at 20:05

Hi there on the suject of potatoes,suggestions please earlies mids or lates with slug resistance,ive found personal experiance/advice goes a lot further than seed merchants patter.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/01/2009 at 20:23

Can potatoes/peelings go on a compost heep, someone told me (a novice) not to put them

Gardeners' World Web User 15/01/2009 at 21:40

My nieghbour has an umbrella plant, he has just moved here from a flat into a bunglaow, he has the plant by the front door, the plant is 7ft high, and is beautiful but it seems to be dropping its leaves, I think its because its to near the front door and is getting blasts of cold air, can you tell what it may be, some of the leaves are withering too. please help him he loves this plant thank you

Gardeners' World Web User 16/01/2009 at 10:17

Can someone advise me as to which poatoes are best for a supposed blighth infected plot. I was allocated this plot in November 08 following it being unworked for 3 years - but was told that it had had "blight" on it in previous years. How long does blight last? Is it a permanent thing ? I am totally "green" on this topic. Heeeeeeeeelp PLEASE!

Gardeners' World Web User 16/01/2009 at 16:43

We're always being told how we can grow potatoes in plastic bags/large pots on the patio but how can you buy two or three seed potatoes without buying a large bag of them?

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