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Weed killer

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:53

You will have to reseed or patch to fill the gaps where the weeds have been removed.

I presume you already have a lawn full of weeds and you want to keep that. 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:47

My rule of green thumb for topsoil is to double the initial estimate needed and then add three tonnes more. Then you will only be two tonnes short.

spuds under polythene

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:34

Black polythene is a slugs idea of heaven!

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:31

I have edited the above and added the harvest times.

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:25

Do try the fir apple potatoes KEF. You will not regret it.

• First Early

Harvested about 10 weeks after planting and will produce new or baby potatoes which are ideal for boiling.

• Second Early

Harvested about 14 weeks after planting and are excellent for general purpose use, although many varieties make particularly good salad potatoes.

• Maincrop

Harvested up to 20 weeks after planting and are good for winter storage. Grow maincrop potatoes for roasting, baking and mashing.

• Second cropping/Christmas cropping - planted in late summer/early autumn and harvested about 14 weeks after planting as for second earlies




Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:05

Thank you Runnybeak

Clari. Have you tried a plaster? It will be fine and form a skin in a few days.

You could always use the piece you cut off and start a new plant. 

  • Remove a healthy leaf from the stem (with a sharp knife) and leave it to dry out for two or three days, until a thin 'skin' forms over the open edge;

  • Insert it firmly in some moist potting soil, to a depth about one third of its length;

  • Place the pot in a bright but sunless place;

  • Water sparingly - keep the soil moist but not wet;

unidentified bug

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 14:56

Are they on the plant or in the soil, or both? 

Can you take a photo for us to examine, please.

What Seed Potatoes do i get?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 14:47

Not too late LucyL. I live in the NE and mine have not gone in yet.

  • First Early varieties: Plant seed potatoes in late March- a week or to earlier in the southerly areas and a couple of weeks later in the north. Harvest in June or July.
  • Second early varieties: Plant in early- mid April and lift in July or August.
  • Maincrop varieties: Plant in mid- late April. Some of the tubers can be lifted in August for immediate use but potatoes for storage should be harvested in September or early October.

Border or digging spade

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 13:27

Welcome Maria Barton.

All depends on what you can handle. I prefer the digging spade because they are longer and i'm quite tall. 

The border spades are about 10% lighter and have around about 30% smaller digging head. It's all down to what you prefer.

Spear and Jackson are a excellent make.


Lavender cuttings

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:02

A solution of three finely crushed aspirin tablets mixed thoroughly into one teaspoon of dish soap then added to four gallons of water and sprayed liberally on the tops and bottoms of leaves when the first sign occurs, eliminates this problem and it will deal with rust problems too.

This solution releases a chemical in the plant called "harpin" which increases the plant's immune system, similar to commercial products, and the aspirin solution costs mere pennies! the only drawback is that this has to be applied every week.

Add 3 teaspoons to the mix as well. You can use them individually or mix them both together.

I usually mix smaller amounts 1 aspirin x 1 teaspoon bicarb x dish soap with 1.5 lts of water.

Do not use baking soda.

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Dare i or not???

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