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Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:12

As a child I loved being told what was poisonous - it made gardening really interesting 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:11

Oooh that agastache looks gorgeous Verdun - and just the right colour for my front garden ............   I might just have to .................. 

Rejuvenating an old rosemary

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 20:00

It's probably yellow 'cos it got a soggy bottom over the winter.  Put it somewhere well-drained and sunny and incorporate some grit - it'll give it a new lease of life 

Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:56

Most potatoes produce flowers - when they do I fudge around in the ground and see if I can feel some potatoes, if I can and most are about the size of a hen's egg then I'll dig some up for a meal.  

When digging put the fork in some way away from the plant and ease it up gently and hopefully you won't spear any spuds.  Then when you think you've got all the potatoes turn the soil over again quite deeply and /or scrabble around with your hands, and you'll probably find some more potatoes hiding down there 

Occasionally there are some varieties of potato that don't flower - not sure why - then they ought to be ready 10 weeks from planting - if the size of the potatoes is disappointing give them another week or so. 

Oh, and the green things that look like tomatoes and that sometimes appear on the the potato plants after the flowers, are the seeds - make sure the children know they are not tomatoes as they are poisonous if eaten. 

Lemon Tree/bush Leaf Problems

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:40

Bumping up 

Rejuvenating an old rosemary

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:34

I find that regular clipping to obtain plenty of rosemary for the kitchen keeps mine quite neat and compact.

Hedgehog Free

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:26

Congratulations HHare - a job well done - have a glass of something to celebrate 

Yellow leaves on Skimmia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:23

Is it getting too much sun?  There are some leaves that are more 'sheltered' that look darker than those that are more exposed. 

Mixed up second earlies and maincrop potaotes.

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:20

No point in harvesting them all as second earlies - second earlies don't store well.

I'd just dig them up as I need them for the kitchen, working my way through them until I've got them all - only digging up and storing any that are still in the ground when the first frosts are due. 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:16

Didn't get the french bean seeds in -  heavens opened and kept opening - Dysoned downstairs and did some clothes flattening instead, then made ratatouille and couscous and pan-fried some marinated halloumi for supper.  

Now my feet are up and a second glass of Chardonnay is being taken - I'm usually more of a Sauv. blanc or Muscadet girl but this was a present and a very nice present it is/was too 


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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

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