BobTheGardener


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Sweet potato

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:06

Philippa, I've trained them up strings to about 4 feet high but they are still growing and now tumbling back down, so the longest shoots are 6 feet plus.  They have also sent out many more shoots both from the ground and from leaf axils and are rampant!  Where they trail along the ground they are rooting too!


The flower spike looks bigger than it really is - the flower about to open is only about an inch long.  They are these:

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/vegetables/potatoes/sweet-potatoes/sweet-potato-duo/t46882TM

 

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:44

I know you're joking Verdun, but it's easy - just buy lots of expensive young plants (the more expensive the better) and plant them all over your garden.  When the slugs and snails have finished all of those off, they will then start on the weeds.  If you're lucky - they may just decide all of the tasty stuff has gone and move away to fresh pastures!

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:36

Whoever sent the message at the council may not have made them into proper hyperlinks.  Try highlighting the link using your mouse and press ctrl-c (copy) then start your web browser, click in the address bar at the top and press ctrl-v (paste.)

any computer buffs out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:07

It's possible that your anti-virus software (or ISP) has detected viruses or other malware in those particular links on the affected email so is protecting you by refusing to open them.  Another possibility is a configuration issue - can you open links in other email messages?

 

A Sheddy Question!

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 18:01

There are two ways to look at it Steve;  Either the slab will need to be strong enough to support the whole structure on the slab edges without it cracking, or you can lay proper foundations for the dwarf walls (which will then bear the weight) and later pour a thinner layer as the floor within those walls.  Personally I'd go for the latter as you can then tackle this yourself in sections.  If you choose the former, you will need all of the concrete pouring in one go, which probably means getting professionals in or hiring a fairly large concrete mixer and having a lot of space nearby to store all of the materials for the mix.

Sweet potato

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 17:46

One has decided to flower - looks like they'll open to be funnel-shaped, confirming their place in the ipomoea family:


I'll post another when one is fully open.

San Marzano 3 tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:32

I've always taken that to mean you can grow them either way and choose whichever suits your growing space;  In a greenhouse I grow them as cordons, outdoors as a bush.

It's my birthday

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:49

'appy birthday 'oggy!

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 18:47

You can grow them up trellis or netting etc.by tieing the stems to the supports every few inches but the problem then is that you have to provide individual support for each fruit otherwise the whole thing usually comes crashing down to the ground when the fruits become heavy!  Their normal habit is to creep along the ground so that's the best method if you have the space.

Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:04

Tomato moth caterpillars are a likely culprit:

http://www.amateurgardening.com/top-tips/fruit-veg/watch-out-for-tomato-moth-caterpillar/

but I haven't had them nibbling chilies.  Yet.  You may have more than one pest of course.

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