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ideal potato soil

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:36

Hi Maggie

No, it's not legal to take sand from the beach!!!  It's very illegal!!!  And if you live in Suffolk and know about coastal erosion you'll know that we can't afford for anyone to be removing sand or shingle or we'll soon be under water (think Dunwich)!

My brother farms in Suffolk and is a potato grower for the big supermarkets - he grows his best potatoes on the light sandy loam between the A12 and the coast.

You can buy natural sandy loam by the bag http://www.tcturf.com/topsoil/norfolk-black-loam-25kg.html .

Hope that's helpful

It's my birthday

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 12:27

Lily ((hugs))

Wildlife driven out of my garden.

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:49
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Mike, get yourself down to Battersea dogs home, and get a Jack Russell.

Great idea Fidget!  Even an older more sedate Jack Russell will see the cats off the property and exercise him/herself in the process

It's my birthday

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:46

Happy Birthday Pa Panda

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/75373.jpg?width=288&height=288&mode=max

 

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:41

Birdychurp - don't panic - let it grow some more stems (it will) and next time reduce your picking. 

Enjoy

Rats

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:39

In the first instance I would use this http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acatalog/Rat_Control_Pack.html

It worked in this garden when we first came here and we've not had another infestation.

The poison used will work on rats that have developed a resistence to Warfarin. 

Also check around any drains, manholes etc for cracks, holes, ill-fitting covers etc to make sure that they're not getting onto your property in that way.  If they are it may be useful to contact your water company - if your drains are on a shared system they may well be responsible for repairs and dealing with the rats.

Good luck.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:06

Hi Birdychurp   The pinky and pale creamy stems are just as they should be - they'll be lovely.  Eat and enjoy. 

Twist the leaves off and put them on the compost heap.  Don't pick more than two thirds of the total number of stalks at a time so that you don't exhaust the plant.

Stop harvesting at the end of June and feed the plant with Fish Blood and Bone and a good mulch.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in dry weather.

I've just been out and pulled a load myself - Rhubarb & Custard cake is on the menu

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10500/rhubarb-and-custard-cake

 

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:50
flumpy1 wrote (see)
Started something sorry

No need to apologise - adults ought to be able to discuss stuff and disagree without falling out about it - if we couldn't then we probably would need a paternalistic and autocratic head of state!

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:33

I think they're probably all ok as people, or as ok as the generality of us can be.  Certainly a member of my family meets Prince Charles socially from time to time and says he's a nice chap, easy to get on with, interesting to talk to, doesn't stand on ceremony etc; and there's no doubt that the Queen has done a remarkably good job with the role she's been given. 

However, I have been a republican for all of my adult life, as it seems to me that it is impossible for the UK to have a monarchy without an invidious class system which works to the detriment of this country as a whole. 

The day we heard that Princess Diana had died I had to start hanging an exhibition in the centre of Norwich - this involved using some power tools and hammers etc - some people remonstrated with me for 'making a noise when the whole country is in mourning'.  Really  

Needless to say the exhibition went ahead - it had to, it was being assessed so that students could gain their MAs (or not, as the case may be).

 

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:19

My two best suggestions are overwatering combined with cool conditions and/or lack of nitrogen.

Maybe someone else has an idea?

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