Barbara Harrison

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scabby potatoes

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 19:23

Thanks all for the help. I did think water may have been a factor but didn't know alkalinity was a factor too.

scabby potatoes

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:25

I have scab on my maincrop potatoes ( maris piper). What causes this? When peeled they are fine and cook well but will they store?

Shrivelling fuchsias

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:50

Oh dear! My fuchsias have also started to go crispy. I have never seen this before and I am desperately hoping it is not fungal as both of my shrubs are 20+ years old and have sentimental value. Is there any treatment and if I find some unaffected stems could I take cuttings?

How Tall are your Brussels Sprout

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:43

My sprouts are Evesham special but are only 4ft 6ins. The sprouts are forming but last month two of the plants bolted. The same happened last year so I'm wondering if has something to do with heat.

New Member

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:35

Welcome. Hope you enjoy the advice and the banter 

Growing with Coir

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:32

 I have used peat free composts that contain coir for many years now with great success. It is especially good for seedlings: no damping off. Is this the same thing?

Good News for Mike

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:56

Just read of your good news: I am so pleased for you and of course it would be bad manners not to toast your health. Now where did I put that corkscrew?

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:18

I am envious! Despite the reasonable summer I have seen a few tortoise shell and not much else. Even the cabbage white numbers are down. Our season is a bit shorter here in the NE but it has been warm.

Passion flower

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:06

Mine grows up a drainpipe at the back of my house (south facing). It is outside in the ground all year round and puts on a lot of growth over the summer. I leave most of the growth on over the winter to protect it and prune hard in spring. It is twenty years old now so obviously likes this treatment.

After a good day in the garden

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 19:55

Artjack, the recipe for veg curry.

Fry an onion in olive oil. When soft add any curry paste according to the heat you want(I use Pataks). Add seasonal veg and coat with the curry paste. Add a tin of tomatoes or fresh depending on the season and half a cup of lentils. Simmer till tender. At the last minute add a handful of chopped coriander. Never fails.

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