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Does size matter?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:27

Sorry, I don't. But I live in France and the seed potatoes here are much smaller than the ones I've seen in England. I seem to get good crops though. In England they seem to be chicken egg size, here they are smaller than bantams eggs.

But I was interested to know so I had a look on Google. T & M say

Seed potatoes are normally about the size of a chicken’s egg, but will often vary in size. Don’t be concerned if you receive different sized seed potatoes - they will all grow equally well.

In fact, during the 2nd World War it was common practice to cut larger seed potatoes in half or even smaller divisions to make the seed potatoes go further. The cuts should be left to dry out for 3 or 4 days before planting


Newbie with a big garden

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 19:15

I would deal with it bit by bit, far les daunting than to look at a whole acre and think "I've got to tackle that"! But also it's good to get to know your new garden and what it's like in summer, there may be more that you like than you thought. Deal with brambles and bindweed as soon as they appear, if you have time, as they can take over if not dealt with.

ground cover help / suggestions

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:18

How rampant do you want it? Vinca (periwinkle), Pachysandra terminalis, Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea, Epimediums.

Curious bulbous thing

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:07

Definitely not a primula, not bulbs and that is a bulb. Looks as though it hasn't been planted yet, couldn't be a dropped daffodil could it?

Back garden privacy

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 16:01

DON'T grow Leylandii in a small garden, it can get huge and if you cut it back too far it doesn't regrow and stays brown. I agree with Swiss Sue that Thuja is a much better evergreen. Photinia Red Robin is a pretty, evergreen shrub. I like Dove's suggestion too about the trellis and the clematis, I have already suggested it to others. It wouldn't grow too wide into your garden. If you want a tree then crab apples are good for small gardens and you can get some quite narrow flowering cherries.


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 15:50

Sunday lunch guests have all gone. I feel much better today. The children were lovely and lunch went very well.

My bedroom is primrose yellow and lilac with wisteria stencils, all painted by me! Yuk and Passé I hear you cry, but I like it. Sunny and cheerful. It was inspired by an old Changing Rooms programme. 


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:57

Back from curry evening. Food was nice but was really too tired to enjoy it. Chap sitting next to me smelt sweaty, OH was opposite.


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:21

I loved Larkise to Candleford as well. OH liked the postmistress.

My cold isn't really bad, just an ordinary one, but there will be 10 of us for Sunday lunch. Not bad enough to cancel it. Have made Moroccan chicken casserole, a tray of cooked sweet peppers and red onions, a loaf of bread and a huge raspberry mousse. There will be 10 of us. Have washed kitchen floor and covered terrace floor. Has taken ages. Must dust the dining room and set the table.

Then tonight we are going out for a curry evening. At least I don't have to cook tonight. OH isn't back from his all day choir workshop, practicing Haydn's Creation for the Easter Concert.


Posted: 14/02/2015 at 09:57

Roses will grow in a variety of soils, not just acid soil. It's more important that they should be well fed, the soil isn't allowed to dry out, but it should be well drained not waterlogged. They love well rotted farmyard manure.

There are different opinions on depth of planting, the RHS says plant the graft union at soil level but David Austin says plant so all new shoots growing out at the bottom are 3 inches deep! I plant the graft union about 1 inch deep to help prevent wind rock and to allow for settling of the soil.

rooting cut flowers.what to do?

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 09:38

Cut the flowers off too to let them concentrate on the roots.

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