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Potato plants

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:14

Be careful when you earth them up again that you don't take soil away from the sides or you will expose the potatoes that form further away from the plant.

Potato plants

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:56

Have you raised the level of the soil since you planted them? If not raise the level of the soil by a foot or so to increase your crop being careful not to break the stems. 

Does anyone know the name of this tree please?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:54

Jayne, easier to propagate it from the suckers which will appear around the base. You can pot them up and pass them on.

Pond Construction

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:46

My pond is wild and wooly and you can hardly see the water at the moment!

 This taken from the main pond end. It narrows goes under a large stone slab (recycled) which acts as a bridge and path and then the beach end...which is where the next picture was taken from...

 You can see that the level has dropped at the moment. We have been promised rain so I am holding off on topping up. There is also rather a lot of duck weed but I can't do anything about that at the moment without removing a lot of tadpoles so I'll wait until they hop off.

 The water is pretty clear at the moment, thanks to the barley straw I think.


Nest Box Camera?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:35

I bought a ready made one from Aldi for £35. I took down my old successful box and replaced it with the new one. 7 blue tits fledged 2 weeks ago and have provided a lot of entertainment for the whole family.

Clematis called john paul

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:31

How long have you had the plant and how big is it? Have you fed it and with what?

Pond Construction

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:29

I have created a similar pond to yours. It has been very successful and I have frogs, toads and newts.

I have had a few problems therefore maybe a few tips for you to think about or look out for: topping up the pond with only rain water has been a challenge. I now have 3 water butts to help with this in summer. About 25% of the sides of my pond bleed into grass and other plants on the bank and although it looks really natural and is well used my birds and mammals for access to the pond it does absorb quite a lot of water.

Blanket weed has also been a problem - common to most ponds at one time or another. This year I have followed Monty's advice and stuffed a leg of a pair of tights with barley straw (50g per square metre of surface of the pond), secured the other leg under a stone at the edge of the pond under foliage and am letting it rot down. It seems to be doing its thing!

The only other thing I would say is if you know someone with a pond, approach them about having some plants. Pond plants can be expensive - I don't know why as they all grow at a terrific rate and need splitting, cut back or pulled out on a regular basis. 

Hope this is useful to you. Good luck with your pond - make it as big as you can because once you start putting in plants and the edging grows - it seems that it shrinks!

Chelsea tickets....when?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 22:04

I think they usually go on sale towards the end of the year. Contact the RHS or keep an eye on their web site for the latest info.   www.rhs.org.uk

Pond Construction

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:49

Most of the shallow areas should be less than 50cm deep to allow for marginals and invertebrates to thrive.The deep area should be about 1m in order for frogs etc to over winter successfully. The deeper water is also good for a water lily to grow in.

Tree Tomato - any tips?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 21:27

Hi Swiss Sue, Thanks for the link. I have read it and it confirms most of what I knew except for feeding...no feeding appears to be needed and it is not a tomato at all!

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