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Talkback: Growing root vegetables

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:13

Alan , your potatoes sound like they have a nasty blight fungus. Do they smell? Did the top leaves turn brown?

You pick aples when they will part easily from the tree. If you cut one in half and the pips are brown, then they are ready. Size and redness depends on variety and crop load on the tree.

More Tomatoes

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:03

This might sound like a silly question, bigolob, but do you smoke? Also some medicines can alter your sense of taste. Check the leaflets in the pack.

My dad thought tomatoes had lost their flavour, until he gave up smoking and he got his sense of taste back.

 He much prefers yellow sungold these days, sprinkled with salt, followed by gardeners delight.

Thalictrum seeds

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:38

They turn brown, and when you run the seed head through your fingers, the seeds detach. I always double wrap seeds. Ie make a little envelope for the seeds, then put that in the envelope you're posting.   A use for all those junk mail envelopes that come through the letterbox


Tip's and trick's of the trade.

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 14:46

guttering is a great idea for peas. You can hang it up in the greenhouse and the mice cant get at them.

However for sweet peas I always use the deep roottrainers that you can get at the garden centre, They are reusable. I have had mine for several years now, and they work great.

seed share

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:50

No, Nut I didn't get any seeds from you.  I thought maybe you didn't have enough.

seed share

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:18

I'm still looking for yellow rattle if there is any about.

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:15

What seeds would you like.?

also, the garden centre group have reduced all their flower and veg seeds to 50p a packet. Check the dates on the back. Foil wrapped seeds will be fine for next year.

Iris - to lift and move or allow seed pod to ripen?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:14

Save me a glass of Bolly

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:11

Yes, looking at the flower, I would agree, Himalayan honeysuckle.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 08:40

Linaria purpurea. Do you have the pink form as well or ust the purple sort.?

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