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Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 12:06

Please do be careful of the fruits of potatoes, they really are quite poisonous.  I often wonder who discover these things, that you can eat the 'roots' of spuds but not the fruit, and the stalks of rhubarb and not the leaves.  I have often wondered if the fact that the fruits of potatoes look like tomatoes, as they would, being the same family - gave rise to the earlier idea that tomatoes were poisonous? There was a chef to one of the kings, can't remember which one, who put tomatoes in a stew to kill the king, ran for his life, but of course the king had a lovely supper and rose again the next day quite happy and well! 

Slugs and snails

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 12:03

The little slugs are the ones you want to catch and kill, they are the ones that do such damage to your plants. The big disgusting ones that give many of us the shivers, actually eat little slugs.  They are quite revolting though aren't they?  For pots I really do find that copper tape helps, and the iron based slug pellets are as least as good as the other kind, and less damaging to wildlife.  They say they are rainroof, but I think the amount of rain we have been having will defeat nearly anything, so have been renewing the pellets more often than I may have done in previous years. 

memorial garden

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 12:00

There are many plants in the softer tones that may do well - you do need to know what kind of soil you have, when the light falls upon the plot and in what direction it faces - some things need a south or west position, others a more shady or cool north to east situation.   If alot of maintenance might be less possible, then such things as nepeta (comes in sizes from 8 inches to a couple of feet or more), salvias, hardy geraniums and other soft textured and coloured plants may be to your liking.  Roses come in as many arieties as you can imagine, modern scented disease resitant ones are available - try some rose web sites, you might find some witha name that is appropriate for your area.  Putting just a few among other planting looks both pretty and modern, and is is now known that keeping roses apart from each other reduces diseases.  If you try something tender, will there be anywhere for winter protection - if not, stick with really hardy things - much dpenends where you are for that, but winters are not likely to get warmer I suspect.  Do you wish to be organic?  Some things are better than others in that case, although all of my garden and pots is so. Spring bulbs are pretty well a must as the site wakes up after the winter. Putting some in that will come back year on year is a good idea.  small shrubs to shelter them when the weather is bad keeps them safe and keeps the site less boring int he winter.   There are some good bulb sites out there as well.  You need to think very carefully about your hard landscaping - who will use it, do you need access for the less able?  Are you going to have any shelter, seating areas, do you want scent?  This is a lovely project, so please take your time and get it right to start with, especially the hard landscaping, plants can be moved, other things less easily.   There is much to think about and be concerned with, take your time, it is worth it in the end. 

late apple drop?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:50

Welshonion, that is a very interesting remark about when good apple crops have happened, we had dreadful crops last year, and not just us but many people around here - East Midlands.  This year is better so far, but although there were wonderful amounts of stunning apple blossom, there were no pollinators to speak of, it being very cold at the time.  There must have been a few however, as there are apples on the eaters, but very few on the crab, very unusual that. We grow James Grieve and Katy, James is very tolerant of alot of conditions, Katy seems more fussy - but both do have crops on so far - not huge but definitely there. 

memorial garden

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:46

Goodness, that is a great idea but the question probably has about as many answers as there are plants, several million probably!

Who is going to care for the garden, you mention your club, may I be so personal as to ask what kind of age range is involved?  What are you making the memorial for?  The colour scheme needs thinking about, as to what might be appropriate for whatever/whomsoever you wish to remember.  There are many named roses and other plants that might be appropriate but they do need some care.  Smaller shrubs like hebes (not the tall ones I think), hardy geraniums can be nice, lots of spring bulbs - maybe a little more information would be helpful? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:42

Good  day yesterday, some garden jobs done, some flowers to enjoy, the beans are thinking about flowering - pink flowers which is rather a surprise as `i was expecting red one - but any flower is welcome - maybe the rain washed the colour out? Back to wet now, and remarkably cool, hope that wasn't it for the year.   Special wedding and anniversaries in September, maybe it will be glorious then - huh?

Sweet peas have begun to flower at last, not  overly enthuiastically but there are some out. Berries need picking but it is too wet to do it just now - soon I hope before they turn to mush. 

The One Show - Britain's Largest Potted Plant

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:38

I think the idea could be fun, but although I have over 400 potted plants, they are - for the vast majority at any rate - outside.   I know there is someone else on these boards who has an oak tree in a pot, but cannot find the discussion thread when we spoke about it - but as it is outdoors it is excluded anyway.

You do see huge plants in places such as airports and shopping entres, which are, I assume looked after professionally - I guess these would be excluded as well? Driving through Belgium it is noticeable there that the days of the big houseplant is alive and well, maybe in other countries too?  I see them less often here.

Are you looking at plants in peoples homes, using conservatory plants?  This could exclude people with just the sort of plant in which I think you are interested.  Will keep an eye on this thread and see where it goes.

I think the days of the giant aspidiatra, and sanservia (mother in laws tongue) are virtaully past. Probably people on the whole do not have the room for them in smaller homes, besides which central heating put paid to many of them over the years. 

Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 09:55

I shall be interested to see what happens if you do cut into the wood, maybe hack is not quite the phrase I might have used!  Let me know if it lives or dies, and please don't berate me too much if it doesn't work!


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:59

ahaa, now I knew there was something missing from the cooking cutlery drawer - it's maybe with all the other items that seem to live in the garage - while the car sits on the drive! Now, where did I leave that runcible spoon .............


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 12:01

I did not know you could use the fruit from the chaenomeles japonicaa, thank you for that information, will certainly give that a go.

Off now to pick the redcurrants before the rain batters them off before I get to them..

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