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Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 20:36

If the stems are still green and are yet to be affected (ie only the leaves have symptoms) you can pull the haulms up and the spuds can stay in the ground and harvested as needed because they shouldn't be affected.  If the stems near the ground are blighted, then best lift the whole lot and eat those spuds which aren't affected asap.

Strawberrys

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 00:01

More runners should soon appear Kweegly, so don't worry. 

John Innes Homebase lies perhaps

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:44

Yeah, it's meaningless.  They could have made a batch of compost, perfectly formulated to one of the JI standards (which one though?!) but then only added a teaspoonful!

Strawberrys

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:08

These are called "runners" and you need to let them root into a pot while they are still attached to the mother plant.  After a few weeks they will have grown their own roots and you can cut the connection.  There's a video showing you how to do it on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3cEljuKJ64

 

Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:31

I've found taste has more to do with soil type than variety.  I recommend growing a few of several types each year until you find varieties which suit your palate when grown in your particular soil.  A bit of a hassle but worth it in the long run.

ru

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:21

Many clematis will be fine against a North-facing wall, but the pot must be fairly large and (most importantly) deep with really rich soil, so it's worth trying again in my opinion - regular watering and feeding are essential though.  Good thread here:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/climbers-for-north-facing-fence-in-pots/4086.html

 

soil warming cable

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:11

You're welcome JV.  Anyone can make a thread like this - just start a new one and choose which section you want it under.

DIY heated propagator

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

No problem JV, glad it helped.

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:39

BTW Josh, the weed at the bottom is Wood Avens - get that out before those spiky seed-heads open or you'll never be rid of it! 

Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 19:31

Here are a couple of photo's I just took of my Kiwis - grown from supermarket fruit.  They have never flowered but I grow them for the red shoots and furry leaves.  They grow very rapidly though (can be a bit of a thug) and are prone to late frosts.  When they get damaged I just cut off all affected leaves and shoots and they re-shoot within days:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51144.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51145.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 25/10/2014 at 22:29

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39

Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 20:31

DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 19:57

Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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