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potatoes from previous year.

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 14:10
Logan wrote (see)
I agree with dove but I don't peel mine


I find that once the skin starts getting wizened they really do need peeling.


What type of trees to plant a long a driveway

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 14:06

I'd go for a selection of different native-type crab apples as here

You'll have blossom in the spring and fruit for jellies and/or wildlife - wild birds will love the apples both on the tree and when they fall - and in the winter you'll have flocks of long tailed tits arriving to scour the cracks in the bark for little insects. 

Some naturalised spring bulbs underneath and it'll be a picture without being overly formal.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 13:34

Wonky ((hugs))  think it would help if the landlord pulled his proverbial out and gave them a nice thick carpet and underlay   But yes, I know your landlord ... and he does have his plus points too ... somewhere   Told you Thursday is a 'notable day'

Identification please

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:50

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Identification please

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:46

Valerie   Click on the green tree icon to upload a photo

Twisted Gladiolis

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:38

If we're right about the contamination Terry, it may be some consolation to know that according to what I've read the contaminant will break down and become harmless over time. 

Info here - the FAQs at the bottom are particularly interesting

I've never grown gladioli in pots so afraid I can't help you with that one.

Can anyone identify this plant

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:31

Common laurel - Prunus laurocerasus.

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 11:28

Some are now 'hanging down' ... won't be long now


Ground cover to prevent weeds

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:12

Dig out perennial roots.  Hoe germinating annuals.  Dig out as much mare's tail as you can.  Liming the land for brassicas can help deter mare's tail but you'll never get rid of it.  However, the continual cultivation of allotments help prevent it being too much of a nuisance (so I'm told) - it's much more of a problem in flower beds and permanent planting such as asparagus and fruit beds. 

I don't like covering the soil with plastic or carpet etc. I believe it sours the soil, provides idyllic conditions for slugs to breed and perennial weeds continue to grow underneath it - I much prefer to dig it over and let the weather and birds get at it. 

Don't forget - the allotment rent is cheaper than a gym membership!

Good luck

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