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earthing up potatoes

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 16:38

 Brilliant responses, thank you both!
Regards

earthing up potatoes

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 15:02

I have planted potatoes in a container for the first time, and am finding conflicting advice about earthing up, as the rules seem to be different for growing them in a container or in open soil.  is that right?  They are growing fairly swiftly so they poke an inch or so of stem/leaves above the soil every couple of days at the moment.  Do I earth them up immediately they poke through the compost, or should I allow them to develop a decent height of stem first, and then put in enough to completely cover them again?.  If so, how tall roughly should I let the stem grow before putting in more compost?


Also, am I right in thinking that once the container is full I allow them to grow into full leaf and flower, and then harvest the new potatoes?  Thanks for the advice.

tumbling tom, up a wigwam?

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 07:19

Thank you!

tumbling tom, up a wigwam?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:16

Hi I have Tumbling Toms in a hanging basket but find myself with three plants left over.  Can I train them up a wigwam or am I wasting my time?    I cant seem to find the answer on a website> Many thanks 

tumbling tom, up a wigwam?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:16

Hi I have Tumbling Toms in a hanging basket but find myself with three plants left over.  Can I train them up a wigwam or am I wasting my time?    I cant seem to find the answer on a website> Many thanks 

Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 07:23

Ah yes that is confusing!  The trough will only have four inches depth of compost.  So you think it will dry out too quickly . Yes, you're probably right, I could manage watering on a daily basis, but it might matter if we werent around for a bit.  Will re-think!  Many thanks 

Expandable hose

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:27

I had one and it wasnt as good as I had hoped.  It sprouted leaks especially from the point where it connected to the spraying gun, and holes elsewhere, and I ended up buying about 4 as I was joining two together.  They lasted two years in total max, but they are lightweight and you may like them for that reason..  There is a knack if your water pressure isnt good, which is to allow the hose to fill up completely with the spray gun turned off, and then turn it on for use, otherwise you will never be able to take advantage of its full length.  

Growing mint in a low trough

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 19:22

Hi I have a long trough which is 20 cm deep but only 10cm high.  Can anyone tell me if mint will be OK growing in compost as shallow as this?  Thanks 

top dressing, MO Bacter and the moss farm...

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 14:16

Hi everyone, I have a phenomenal amount of moss on my lawn this winter, really dispiriting as I do try to do all the right things, aerate, top dress, scarify and whatever else.  


However I have found an RHS recommended product called MO Bacter which kills moss without the need to scarify the dead moss out - it is apparently digested in situ by enzymes which sounds just dandy to me - and as there is nothing chemical or harmful in the mix you can sow seed pretty much at the same time, thus shortening the time till the lawn starts to look good again.  That anyway is the theory, and I plan on doing this in about March when the weather has warmed up.


But I want to once again put quite alot of top dressing on the lawn now to go some way to improving the drainage, and to build up some edges where they slope down towards the beds and get scalped by the mower.  However.  Can I put the top dressing on now and what happens to the moss?  I know grass will grow through top dressing layer eventually but I imagine in large areas of the lawn the top dressing will just 'sit'  on the moss.  Is this OK, a good idea, or a bad idea?  Or do you think I should just tackle the unevenness around the edges now and try to deal with the large mossy areas in the autumn?  I have been doing this for a while, ie building up the lawn in the autumn, but it just doesn't seem to get any better.  It is shady-ish at that end of the lawn, but not THAT bad.  It's not deep deep shade!  Any ideas v much appreciated, hanks. 

help with a difficult border

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 18:53

Thank you, everyone!  Such great suggestions, and as ferns came out on top I think I'll start with some of those and then fill in with other suggestions as I see the need.  I may also take your advice Tetley about planting a clematis there - the honeysuckle has never been entirely happy, it is stunning in the spring when the growth is young, but it does sprawl horribly later in the year and get blackfly and mould.  


Again thank you forum-ers, I am grateful 

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