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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 08:12

Awww Wintersong ((hugs))   Happy Anniversary!!! 

Rhubarb

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 07:41
CurlyCarly wrote (see)

I've been told that you shouldn't pick Rhubarb later in the season (nor blackberries either) as the poison from the leaves starts to be drawn back down the stalks. Can anyone confirm this please?

You shouldn't pick rhubarb later in the season because the nutrition/energy in the leaves needs to be reabsorbed by the roots/crown otherwise you will have a weak and unproductive plant the following year.  Nothing to do with the toxic oxalic acid  in the green part of the leaves.

As for blackberries, any on the plant late in the season are likely to be less sweet  than the earlier ones due to lack of sunlight, that's the only reason for not picking the later ones.  There's an Old Wives' tale that says on 30 September the Devil trails his coat-tails over the hedgerows making the blackberries taste bitter.

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 07:18
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

When you say 'ground ivy' do you mean Glechoma hederacea which is a small plant with square stems, soft fuzzy leaves and little violate .....

Violet!!! 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 07:14

Good morning all

Today I will be mostly damp-dusting

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:56

Oooh BL - get well soon, and keep the germs over your way please!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:53

You do know that Keith Lemon is not a real person - he's just a character created and played by Leigh Francis?    However as I said, it's not a character/programme I like.

 

Liri - thanks, you've got it https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/2996/i-Canarina-canariensis-i/Details

Potatoes - what's the skinny?

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 21:06

Sometimes old pastureland can be host to wireworm which will damage your potatoes.  Hopefully if the land has been bare over the winter, birds will have helped get rid of a lot of them.  You can also make Wireworm Traps as described here http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/forum/index.php?topic=4616.0

Oh, by the way, not all varieties of potatoes produce flowers, so make a note of the date when you plant them.  Earlies should be ready 10-12 weeks after planting, second earlies take around 15-16 weeks and maincrops around 18-20 weeks.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:24

I'd rather buy bagged salad leaves than watch Keith Lemon - the latter is infinitely more unpleasant.

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:21

When you say 'ground ivy' do you mean Glechoma hederacea which is a small plant with square stems, soft fuzzy leaves and little violate labiate flowers and a stong smell when the leaves are crushed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glechoma_hederacea and which has the common name of Ground Ivy, or do you mean Hedera helix the common English ivy, with round stems and diamond shaped shiny leaves that grows up walls and trees and sometimes spreads across the ground. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedera_helix  

Rhubarb

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:50

When Blue Onion speaks of picking and eating leaves, he means stalks - don't eat rhubarb leaves - they're poisonous - twist them off their stalks and compost them. 

I know Blue Onion knows what he means and so do the rest of us, but it's as well to be clear ... just in case

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