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Help with identification

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:45

Red 'Rooster' Potatoes

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:44

I got the Sarpo range from D T brown. They delivered in four days.

I did have a blue skinned potato from a heritage range by Alan Roman. They were dreadful at boiling but made the best ever roasty, just by peeling, rolling in oil, a little sea salt and then roasting . The insides were fluffy, the outsides crispy but not greasy.  Unfortunately I can't remember the name, and Alan Roman appears to have given up his potatoes through ill health. He had a fantastic range that he would sell by the tuber.

Get your seed potatoes now for chipping, then plant all of them at the end of March.  (Midlands). Adjust a week either way for North or South.

I will be planting my sister in Laws near Snowdon(Wet Wales) at Easter.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:36

it must be Spring here. The magpie is collecting twigs, bluetits investigating the box on the house wall, and the squirrels are playing chase me, chase me.

Yesterday I repotted the rose cuttings ( one will head to Chicky next week, I haven't forgotten), cut down all the  Polka raspberries, and fed a lot of stuff through the shredder.  I also went on the flat garage roof to clean out the gutters on next doors conservatory, and finish pruning the wisteria that had got up there.

Then I got told off for being up there without supervision.

Does anyone know about this pond?

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:30

Get some of the strong steel grid that builders use for reinforcing concrete. You only need to have a six inch square mesh to stop a child, that way the frogs etc can get out.  You can put the grid  a couple of inches below the water level, although it is said a child can drown in two inches of water.  Maybe a fence around it to keep a toddler out.

Help with identification

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 08:26

Linaria purpurea ?

difficult without a sense of scale.

Abyssinian Gladioli

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 20:27

I think they need a fair amount of heat. I couldn't get them to flower, then lost them.

Snowdrop ID please

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 20:25

Well they look like bog standard Galanthus nivalis to me .

If there are thousands the same you can bet they are a common type.

Verbena Bon. question

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 19:54

Any new shoots can be taken as cuttings. They root in a couple of weeks, potted on, they make strong plants for planting out in May.  They flower better than first year from seed

Rat Tailed Maggots - Help

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 18:44

Pour it onto the lawn or other area. The birds will soon eat the rat tailed maggots.  Wash the plant pot out and its ok to use again.  Rat tailed maggots turn into hoverflies , a beneficial insect.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 18:40

Unfortunately frigate birds with broken wings never recover enough to dive again.

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