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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

potatoes from previous year.

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:04

Rub the sprouts off, keep frost-free but cool, dark and dry.  You can carry on using them until they get too soft and wizened to peel - mashed potato freezes well. 


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 08:31

G'day Pat  ((hugs))  - nice to see you - don't worry about chatting - just you put your feet up and get well


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 08:29

Verdun - talking about the towans - any good suggestions for country/coastal walks around St Ives - we'll be starting from Porthmeor beach area ... also, what's the local bus service like?  I want to use the car as little as possible once we've got there. 

I know there's the coastal path but we'll want circular walks. 

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 08:23

Get well soon Steve!  ((hugs))

Looking forward to seeing you back - fully recovered and ready for spring! 

Just think how much worse it would have been if you'd been taken ill in April!

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 08:04


As for shape - some swedes are sort of egg-shaped rather than round - just the way they are.  Is that how yours are GWRS?

Zoomer - I may be mistaken here, but I believe that the French don't consider swede to be suitable food for humans and its not grown there (other than on farms as fodder for cattle).  So I suspect that your seeds may be turnips which are very popular in France. 

I would point out that I consider the French to be mistaken - I will be tucking into my 'bashed neeps' (mashed swede) tomorrow with my haggis and leeks.


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 07:50

Good morning Verdun

3.7C here overnight and warming up now - we had some heavy rain overnight so everything is sodden again - don't want to go out there and walk on the lawn - we might sink - and that's on free-draining sandy loam!

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