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Strongest Scented Sweet Peas!

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 12:18

In general, the really strong scented ones such as Lathyrus 'Matucana' are directly decended form the wild form so have small flowers.  Those are usually labelled as heirloom types.  You probably want to grow some of those and some of the modern hybrids so you get the larger flowers that we are now all accustomed to.


Posted: 30/01/2016 at 01:13

Thanks pdoc - If the Foxes fail, I'd sooner you won it rather than any of the usual suspects.  Fingers crossed we both gain a place in Europe whatever happens!

When to plant 'roots' ?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 01:09

Lyn, best to plant them into pots for now.  They are completely hardy so the pots could go somewhere sheltered outside for now, for example by the side of a wall where they won't get soaking wet - too much water is bad for bare root plants when first planted.  You can then transfer them from the pots into the ground in spring by which time the first leaves should be showing.

However, if your soil is free-draining and isn't waterlogged (like it is for many of the rest of us at the moment!) you can plant them straight out into your borders as long as the ground isn't frozen.

Whatever you decide, get them into soil/compost immediately as they will quickly shrivel and die or rot if left in the packets.

calcified seaweed

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:56
punkdoc wrote (see)

What is potato fertiliser, is it any different to a general multi purpose fertiliser?

Just a different NPK ratio pdoc.  Farmers use roughly 1:1:1.5.  You won't find that though, it will be something like 6-3-8, 15-13-19 or 14:14:21 just to confuse us!

Too much nitrate (N) will lead to overgrown greenery on top at the expense of fewer/smaller potatoes.

I didn't fertilize mine at all one year and didn't notice any reduction in cropping, but I'm on clay soil.  Sandy soils probably do need it to get a good crop.

To answer James' question, I would never mix two different things like that, always apply separately and with a gap of a few weeks.  Mixing lime and fertilizer, for example, will result in all of the nitrogen being released extremely rapidly (sometimes dangerously so) leaving little for later use by the plants when they need it.

Replacing Fence Panels

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 21:01

One solution for this particular problem is to mount wooden fence posts on the sides (ie front or back as you face the fence) of the concrete ones, using a masonary bit, long screws and rawlplugs.  You will then be able to use 'U' clips on one side of each new wooden post and 'L' clips on the other which will enable you to fit new fence panels in sideways.

Alternatively, fit arris rails between the concrete posts and build a new fence using vertical feather-edge boards.

Shallot seeds

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 18:49

Yes, I think that's what will happen.  If you grow plenty so you eat the majority of single bulbs but keep a few for next year, you'll effectively have your own sets which will split and produce the usual 6-10 bulbs per plant, next year.

Greehouse Questions

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 20:46

You could be right Zoomer.  The guttering on mine is built-in to the sections which run the length of each side at the point the roof meets the sides.  It has plastic end-stops which have a connection for a bit of hosepipe to take the rain into a butt.

As for leaks etc, clear silicone sealant cures all manner of leaks and ill-fitting parts on aluminium greenhouses. 

Without dismantling the GH, one solution would be to fit U-shaped guttering as close to and slightly below the sections mentioned previously and then run a length of aluminium tape to make sure the water flows down the roof and into the guttering.  You'd need to stick the aluminium tape on during a dry period or it will fail to stick properly though.


Potatoes - Earlies and Main Crop

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:39

Leeks are great for following earlies but you need to start them off in modules or a nursery bed and transplant once you've lifted the spuds and added some fertilizer.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:23

Yep, failed to grasp the nettle yet again, Verdun! 

Lizyann, as a Foxes fan I spent half a season at the bottom of the Premiere League and look what's happened since!  Don't give up - even if you go down, it will be a chance to rebuild and get rid of some over-paid under-performers.

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:18

Hi Susan,  A John Innes #3 formula is best.  Perhaps mix-in about 20% by volume of well-rotted farm yard manure (bagged stuff from a gerden centre is ideal for this) but don't add fresh manure.

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