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Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 11:48

If there is new green growth then covering that up might lead to problems, so in Spring you do need to be more careful. Have to say though, that we just throw it one without trying to be careful.

Old rule from years back, was Mulch in Autumn to conserve heat and manure in Spring to warm the soil.

POTATO STORAGE

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:28

Better not to have washed them. Once they are thoroughly dry and they need to be dry then we store ours in hessian sacks in a cool, dark, frost free shed.

 

Scabby Potatoes

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:26

The holes are probably made by keeled slugs which are impossible to eradicate unless you really poison the soil. Anti-slug nematodes ight work, but no experience of them.

The scabbiness is caused by having to much lime in the soil, If you are in a naturally lime area then nothing much you can do except add lots of organic material. Grow naturally resistant to scab tubers.

Getting a bit late for planting much now, maybe spring cabbages?

 

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:20

As long as they have died down properly then yes the mulch may be put on so as to completely cover the plant.

Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:12

Absolutely nothing. If the plants cannot survive even the harshest winter then we do not grow them. Best option is a really deep mulch of almost anything. At least that looks better than fleeece.

Harvesting Parsnips

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:17

And they increase the size of the root as the leaves die down. The leaves on ours often reach a metre in height.

PROPAGATION FROM SEED

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 15:29

Follow the advice given for sowing Alliums. It works for any bulb.

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:06

The GW advice to stroe seeds was totally erroneous. They don't like being stored and can then take years to germinate if they ever do.

 

See here

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/talkback-seeds---how-to-collect-allium-seeds/195.html

Alpines in winter

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 10:32

Again, it depends on the alpines. Many of the ones sold  are not really 'alpine' at  all. Many of them are dwarf lowland plants. Or they come from lower slope alpine meadow environments. They are used to a certain amount of winter wet, especially if they go dormant.

As you say, just keep an eye on them.

Alpines in winter

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:11

If they are anything like the weight of mine then moving them would be well nigh impossible.

Unless the containers are likely to be damaged by frost, or the plants in them are tender, then they do not normally need protection.

In a couple of mine which have specialist plants which do not like winter rain on them, I cover with a sheet of glass but that is all.

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