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Potatoes in bags

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:45
primrosecottage wrote (see)

David you are such a snob mind you I don't think I've heard the likes in Lidl either

Not at all! I'm happy to come out with just a carrier bag.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:41
1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)

Love a custard cream with my cuppa.   Then again I love chocolate digestives and ginger nuts too.  Mmmm.   Nice little thread GEMMA 

 

Guess no one ever poked a custard cream through the curtains then?

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:25
Watery wrote (see)

I don't know how it would work but a lady I came across in the gardening aisle in Wilkinson's kept insisting you should grow your potatoes in the bottom of a large pot and your carrots on the top.   I don't see how there would be room for both but she was quite insistent. (I'm not growing potatoes so not trying it.)

 

You don't get that kinda talk in Harrods!

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:23
primrosecottage wrote (see)

Is it to early for catch crops now?  as we have space in broadbean bed and potato bed when we plant tomorrow

That should work fine.....perhaps wise to wait until your main crop surfaces before you sow your catch crops. 

It would be wise to make successional sowings at say fortnightly intervals, to avoid the glut & dearth situation......sow just short manageable rows.  

Potatoes in bags

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:12

Radish on grow-bags etc, the idea is sound but given the limited space I'm not sure it would be worth it.

This type of cultivation is known as sowing a catch crop...ie good use can be made of ground around slow maturing crops such as celery, where quick maturing stuff such as radish & lettuce can be sown and harvested before the main crop is ready.

No root crops (including radish) lend themselves to being transplanted because they are tap rooted, unlike the fibrous roots of other plants that are suitable for transplanting.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_crop

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:57

Oh yes, they do post abroad and are noted for prompt dispatch of orders.

www.eaglesweetpeas.co.uk/index.php

Edit: I've just taken a look at their terms of business and it seem the price of posting to Europe is £3.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 08:43

To each their own of course, but I've tried to emphasise lots of times the importance of buying quality seed......this is why I've recommended Eagle Sweet Peas with confidence. 

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:41

I would just add that it's a good idea to jot down the planting date, because as sure as eggs is eggs, there be lots of questions here later, asking 'how can I tell when my potatoes ready'.....truth is, you don't until you lift them, but the planting date is some sort of guide.

I work on first earlies taking between 10 to 12 weeks, some modern varieties mature earlier than others, but usually within these parameters......second earlies take 12 to 16 weeks.

Maincrop usually mature in about 20 weeks...or August/September in my own case.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:55

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Winter%20Wonderland/DSCN0174.jpg

 

I wouldn't...see what happened to me! 

 

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:45

Potatoes come as first earlies, second earlies and maincrop.

Either 'Swift' or 'Rocket' would be my recommendation for first early potatoes. 'Kestrel' or 'Maris Peer'  as second earlies and 'Maris Piper' or 'Cara' as maincrop varieties......but it's really down to individual taste. 

It seems generally accepted now that chitting only befits early varieties.

Planting times vary according to where you live, so best check with local gardeners when they plant theirs.

First & second early potatoes can be planted at the same time......it's just the maturing times vary. Maincrop will be planted about a month later.

Edit: The above is posted on the basis you say you have no knowledge of growing veg....others will find it quite basic.

 

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