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Potato plants

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 17:39
Daintiness wrote (see)

Old potting compost will not add any food to the potatoes just stop you having to dig more from around the plants and possibly exposing the new potatoes forming. The odd  handful of chicken manure won't do any harm as it is a slow release feed which the plants can access if needed as they grow through the new layers of soil.Good watering at this stage is important in order to help swell the new potatoes.

The chicken poo will also help prepare the ground for the follow on crops.

Bindweed :(

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:39

When I moved here, the bindweed was so rampant it was covering a wall 20' long and 15' high, as well as scrambling though all the borders. I dug out miles and miles of roots, but am lucky that my soil is very light and free draining - in anything heavier, it would have been impossible. Now I get the occasional wispy bit poking up, which I immediately nip off thinking that chlorophyll deprivation will nobble it. 

I think I tried glyphosate a couple of times, but found that elbow grease was more effective in my situation. Probably a combination of both would be best for you. It can be done, but takes time, persistence, vigilance and determination. Good luck!


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:57

Hmm. I'm sure someone thought Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam were a good idea too. 

Winter Flowers

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:56

Probably not quite what you had in mind, but it might be worth checking out ornamental mustards...some have very decorative red leaves, and survive all but the harshest conditions...and you can eat them. Red Russian kale, in fact most of the kales, are quite attractive too, and edible.

Statue identification

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:20

Can you post some of the legible parts?

Potato plants

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 19:52

I've been using old potting compost to earth mine up -checking for nasties first. Have also added the odd handful of dried chicken poo to the mix. It's my first year growing them too, but they look happy enough.


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:27

Mine have got rust, but don't look too upset by it. Bottom leaves are just turning, so I'll leave it a bit longer before I excavate.

can carrots be transplanted

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:02

They can be sown in lengths of guttering, which can then be slid into a matching hollow in the soil, then proceed as above.

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:29

How widely spaced are the plants? Each beetroot seed is in fact a cluster of seeds, so they do need to be thinned to allow space for the roots to form.

Name please

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 10:19


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