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How to store main crop seed potatoes

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 20:52

Hi, NoExpert: many of the tuber 'eyes' already had small bumps of chits showing, so I've put them upstairs, ie well away from the central heated ground floor & basement.

Spud fairs...

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 20:44

Thanks for that Newcastle Emlyn potato stock tip, Welshonion! *I'll have to get my 'passport to Ceredigion' organised whilst the wide choice remains! Diolch!

LittleAnn: what were your yields like in 2013? [I generally put two tubers per pot & top-up the compost as it settles over the short growing season]. *I bet those Christmastime 'new' potatoes were a real treat?

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 20:35

Thanks for your appreciative comments, Higgy & KEF.

Loved all those striking sunsets, Higgy. We have a fair choice of westward-facing shores here in Pembrokeshire - hard not to become blase!

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:58

 Canalside in winter - near my childhood home in the Midlands.

 Modern resident on a recreational waterway

 Having waited patiently the swan moved into exactly the position needed for this striking shot! Gotcha!! Happy Hunting in 2014 to all Camera Corner contributors!!

How to store main crop seed potatoes

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 21:36

Chitting operations are conducted in an un-heated attic room; fitted with east and west facing velux windows (opaque blinds are drawn). Temperatures rarely go below 5-7 Celcius, even though it's above the previously fitted loft insulation layer!! Am I right to position the trays so as to be within 2-3 feet of the large windows?

Spud fairs...

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 21:11

I have no knowledge of any potato fairs down here in the wild west of Wales? Maybe someone can update me - maybe 'up East' in Swansea or the Valleys they have such things??

*Have decided on first earlies "Premiere" and "Rocket" bought during a family visit to the English Midlands. Main crop is limited to one 'novelty' per year: this time I've gone for "Pink Fir Apple". Does anyone have any pointers 'cos space is rather limited. Is it feasible to grow a few in 'maxi bucket-sized pots???


Posted: 31/12/2013 at 19:35

 Not a recent pic but one from the last 'summer' with any sustained good weather!

This fellow sauntered through my garden, demolishing slugs as he went. I hope he makes a welcome reappearance this coming year! Happy New Year 2014 to All!!

Giant Bay tree

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:56

 Donor bay tree and resultant Christmas wreath: all foliage 'home-grown' at Trigfan.

Compliments of the Season to all "Forkers" , Very Best Wishes for 2014.

things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 17:56

Window box pelargoniums and begonias still going strong here in coastal South West Wales. Hardy fuchsias too have fresh-looking leaves and new flower buds!

*The cynics will say "It'll all end in tears", but being the (hardy) perennial optimist I say "Enjoy it all whilst you can". Merry Christmas! Nadolig Llawen!





Camera Corner

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 18:19

 Merry Christmas!! Nadolig Llawen!!

Greetings from us 'ere in Pembroke Dock, Doc Penfro - coastal South West Wales

Second 'go' at loading a festive treat: a wondrous 'flat-pack' tree from the Ukraine exchange visit made so many years ago, it still graces our home each Christmas as a reminder of distant friends and lasting friendships!!


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Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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