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What's left for us to grow?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:44

Most plants are poisonous and have naturally evolved to be so.  Humans have specifically bred toxicity out of many, many cultivated plants.  One should assume a plant is poisonous unless the label (or your own research) shows otherwise and you can't really go wrong.  Teach this to your children.  As a gardener who embraces nature I will not stop growing anything just because it might be toxic - to do so would be, well, unnatural!


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 15:07

Remove as much soil as you can but I wouldn't bother washing it off.  Yes, important to ensure they (and any remaining soil) is dry before storing.  Rot needs damp and is the thing most likely to kill a tuber, whether stored or left in the ground.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:26

Hi Helen, potted trees can be planted at any time of the year but now is a particularly good time.  Add some fish, blood and bone fertilizer to the planting hole and soil removed from that and mix it in a bit before planting the tree.  It might be worth sprinkling some mycorrhizal fungi (ie Rootgrow) onto the root-ball before planting it into the hole.

Just one thing though: Acers like neutral to acid soil, so if your soil is alkaline (eg if you live in a chalk or limestone area) I would recommend that you just transplant it into a larger pot instead of into the soil where it might suffer.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 14:16

What Dave suggests can also be done as soon as you want at this time of the year stanley, regardless of whether there has been a frost or not in your area.  All of the ones in my back garden were frosted this week but the ones in the (south-facing) front garden were almost unaffected.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:53

They do well in full sun here (Leicestershire), growing in clay soil.


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:48

It will flower next year as foxgloves are biennial, Lulu:



Glen Lyon Raspberries

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 18:35

With summer fruiting types, the easiest thing to do is cut those canes which have fruited down to the ground immediately after fruiting.  The unfruited canes will produce the crop next summer.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 18:27

I know exactly how you feel Bookertoo.  In a recent thread someone mentioned using a horizontal line and hanging the feeders from that.  They may well still overcome it though:


crop protection

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 21:13

For protection against butterflies, look for a maximum mesh size of 7mm as holes any larger and the Small Cabbage White will get through!  I bought some heavy duty butterfly netting from Harrod Horticultural 3 years ago and it hasn't yet started to deteriorate (a problem with some cheaper types as the UV in sunlight causes plastic to fall apart.)

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 19:01

I've tried builder's buckets (about 15l) with holes drilled in the bottom and got a pretty reasonable crop from 1 tuber per bucket so you should do OK with about 5-6 tubers in containers of that size.

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