Latest posts by BobTheGardener

Do you have to use earth to earth up potatoes?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:58

Heh heh - I've been guilty of doing that in the past!  Gardening is a continual learning process and I'm still learning as much today as I was 40 years ago!  The real trick is to try and not make the same mistake twice, except that the problemI have now is trying to remember all of those past mistakes!

By the way, your spuds look very healthy!

Last edited: 04 June 2017 12:58:35

Do you have to use earth to earth up potatoes?

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:14

The main reason for earthing up is to protect any potatoes developing near the surface from receiving light, which turns them green and inedible.  Another reason is that it helps to keep down weeds.  You don't actually have to earth up potatoes at all for them to produce a crop.  Your home-made compost will be fine and will help to retain water which they will really appreciate.  There was a short section in "The Beechgrove Garden' last week about earthing up potatoes (on BBC i-player if you missed it.)

Invisible Dinner

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:06

Yep, absolutely typical slug/snail damage there.


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 12:03

If they've gotten out of 'sync' and start sending up flowers, you'll just have to enjoy them!  As long as they get dry, they should go dormant again though.  As soon as I see growth in the autumn, I re-pot them and nearly always have a good showing of flowers for Christmas.


Posted: 04/06/2017 at 10:49

Cyclamen persicum (aka "indoor" or "florist's" cyclamen) are best kept cool and dry, B3.  If you have not stopped watering yet, do so now.  The leaves will turn yellow and drop off, indicating they have gone dormant (which is what you want.)  They will need to be kept pretty dry while dormant as wet soil in the pot can cause the corms to rot.  The slugged one will probably re-sprout as long as the slugs have not chewed off all of the knobbly bits (which is where the leaves and flowers come from) completely, but that may not be until around September if it has decided to go dormant.

I line mine up against the north-facing wall of the house, under the eaves during the summer.

Plant ID

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:46

Certainly a brassica of some kind and probably just a stray seed possibly from a wild form or birdseed, so nothing worth keeping.

How are tomatos in terracota pots??

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:42

They will grow fine in just about anything, Eve, as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom.

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:40

Can't see the centres on the computer I'm using today, Lyn!

What are these and is it worth keeping the bulbs that didn't flower?

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 15:36

Nut is right - Ipheion would be over by now, thinking about it.

Leggy stocks seedlings

Posted: 03/06/2017 at 14:32

Are these night scented stock?  If so, they are very gangly plants and best hidden behind other plants in the garden as they aren't really a very good looking plant, but the scent is divine.   It's recommended to direct sow but mine never survive the slugs so I do as above.

Can't help with other types of stock though.

Last edited: 03 June 2017 14:33:12

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