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Harvesting potatoes - cut leaves before?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 22:16

What is this plant?

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 18:47

Have you a picture of the entire plant.? Where are you?

Are your autumn raspberries fruiting now and

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 18:45

I cut Polka to the ground in January, and they are just starting to fruit. (East Midlands)

Greenmum, I find Terri-Louise will fruit twice, June to July on last years canes, and September October on new year canes. I just cut off the part that has fruited, leaving most of the cane.

Just seen a rat

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 10:51

Either stop feeding the birds, or get a Jack Russell

Harvesting potatoes - cut leaves before?

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 16:14

I think that you cut off the tops if leaving maincrop for harvesting late , say October, (to harden the skins)but presumably these are earlies and you will be using soon and not storing.  If so it makes no difference, just dig up one at a time as you use them.

My air plant looks Sad

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 22:11

Put it in the bathroom and mist it once or twice a day.

Why is sandstone rich soil acidic?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 20:08

It is not always. In mansfield area, the bunter sandstone tends to be near neutral.  The acidity or otherwise depends on what rocks were originally broken down to make the sand. Some sand has a lot of shells in it, the calcium makes it more alkaline.

Hope this helps..

Total newbie needs help

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 20:03

You can get the grid mesh that gets used to reinforce concrete.

Rose Campion seeds

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 17:53

You can sow them now, put in a cold frame and they will germinate when they feel like it in Spring.

Or you could sow as usual in March.

 Sometimes they germinate better after being vernalised, i.e. exposed to the cold of winter before breaking germination.

 They are one of those things that crop up where you didn't expect them, like cracks in paving.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 09:04

Red gooseberries yet to pick. All the remaining blackcurrants got picked yesterday and are now in freezer, ready for purple porridge in winter.  I have a tomato plantgrowing in the middle of the row of french climbingbeans. I assume it came out of the compost  I sprinkled on with the fertiliser.

 Sister in Law says the potatoes I planted for her in Wales are doing well, it has achieved the object of smothering the entire veg patch with green to suppress weeds. They have been well watered by nature. Whether there are many tatties under there, well we will see.  I think another trip to wet Wales may be on the agenda.

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