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spuds under polythene

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:29

The earthing up isn't just to keep the light out and the potatoes from turning green - it actually increases the yield as the more of the stem that is underground the more potatoes it grows.

Farmers used to use polythene over potatoes to keep frost off and warm the soil, but I'm assured by my brother (large potato farmer in every sense of the word ) that fleece produces better crops that also store better due to more even uptake of water.  They only use fleece now for potatoes.


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:25

Hi Alex   Welcome aboard!


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:16

Looks lovely Fritillary

Well done Pdoc - I chucked out loadsa old text books and work stuff etc yesterday - must be that time of year

Washing dry, folded and put by rad in study to air.  House gleaming.  Halo polished

Poor OH had to go in to work as a colleague is off with food poisoning - he usually has Mondays off - so the trip to the tip will have to wait. 


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 12:18

It sounds to me as if the shrubs are in need of re-potting.  The soil has become acidic, compacted and stale.  Remove the shrubs from the pots and repot either in John Innes No 3 or ericaceous compost if they are ericaceous plants.  Make sure there is plenty of drainage in the pots and add extra grit if needed.  

When repotting first give them a good soaking then tease out some of the roots to make sure they're not rootbound and gently remove the moss and soil from the top - put them into slightly larger containers so they will have new compost at the bottom, around the sides and on top. 

Finish off the top with gravel or grit.

Lemon advice please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 10:42

I'd say the pots are too large - better to keep them in something no bigger than a standard yoghurt pot at that size - in fact that's what I used to grow my seedling citrus plants in


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:57

Morning Verdun - if the sun's gone in it might be a good idea to put your shirt back on


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:55

Morning Pdoc - any spare space in that skip?  It would save us a trip to the tip - we've some broken plate glass and a broken mirror to get rid of as well as a load of books to take to the charity shop ... I'll swap you some space in your skip for a large piece of Dorset Apple traybake and a cuppa ...

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:51

They'll be much better in a cool conservatory - as long as it's frost free.

As for filling the raised bed - don't forget to leave room to work in a goodly layer of well-rotted manure

Pond and surrounding advice please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:47

Mr Pink - along with the pond we're increasing groundcover planting and low shrubs (we already have mature trees) and yes, a wider range of birds are using our garden.

Gemma - I think that last summer we spent more time on our tummies gazing into the water than we did in front of the telly

Sickly looking Peace Lily

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:27

Hi Ellie

When was it last fed?  Has it ever been repotted into fresh compost?

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