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Fork Handles

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 08:11

Good morning!  Daughter was back to work yesterday! that's retail for you.

I'm doing a bit of parent-visiting I would've done Christmas Eve if I'd not been  , then onwards for lunch with son and DIL.  I'll leave OH here to fend for himself - there's plenty of leftovers for sarnies.

As for people not knowing what to do with leftovers, it's because they can only follow recipes nowadays, they don't understand ingredients, techniques and flavours - they have to be told.  No one has any confidence in cooking any more and they think it should all be like restaurant food rather than basic family cooking - shall I get off this high horse now? 

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 27/12/2012 at 05:49

'Colin'  - If you read back you'll see that the bags referred to are the one tonne ex-builder's bags, dimensions at least 1m x 1m x 1m. customised by the grower to provide adequate drainage.  This size is more than sufficient for a few potatoes in a good growing season.  This year we in the UK have not had a good growing season.

Zoomer - glad you enjoyed your potatoes 

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 20:19

Afraid that one is a total PITA in all his incarnations - he needs to get a life 

Growingspuds for Chistmas...

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 18:46

The tower principle works the same as growing in big bags.


Posted: 26/12/2012 at 16:58

Colin - Zoomer was referring to French marigolds , (a different plant to the Calendula marigold) , see here

perhaps they're known by another name in the US?


Posted: 26/12/2012 at 16:52

Think the word you're looking for is proctologist 

Pruning rasperberry Canes

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 16:38

Well yes, I agree with Welsh Onion, as long as autumn fruiters are cut down before growth starts again in the spring that's fine.

And yes again, as I said, if they are summer fruiting then there should be new canes already growing up and I'd hope that they'd be taller than the 3ft NewBoy described, so my suggestion is to go with the assumption that they're autumn fruiters.  

If they are summer fruiters he'd be able to tell the old canes from the new by the evidence of the old shoots that bore the fruits this year.  But I didn't want to complicate matters - it does sound to me as if he's got autumn fruiting raspberry canes there. 

Plant names for people

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 15:16

Probably safer too  

Pruning rasperberry Canes

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 15:10


Pruning rasperberry Canes

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 14:12

My guess is that they're  an autumn fruiting variety (as you say they're not overly tall they may well be Autumn Bliss).  They fruit on canes produced earlier in the same year and they're simple to prune as you just cut them back to a shoot near/at  ground level as soon as they've fnished fruiting.  It's a little late to do it now but no matter, cut them back and mulch with some compost and new shoots will appear in the spring and bear fruit for you in the autumn.

If by any chance they are summer fruiting then the old canes should've been cut out after fruiting and the new canes that were already growing should've been tied in to grow on through the autumn - they will bear fruit next summer.  If they are summer fruiting cutting them back now will lose your next summer's crop, but from your description I'm pretty sure they're autumn fruiting.


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