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Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 00:07

Out of interest why did you chose to grow them?

Potato planting

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 00:02

Sounds like the potatoes in the bag were too crowded to thrive either that or you didn't give them enough water or both.

You can plant potatoes early if you give them some protection from frosts. I grow mine under clear plastic and the early start means I'm ahead of the blight spores when they invade.

Marfona or Picasso can be nice large spuds if you feed them well. So can Sarpo Mira but I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole as they are like eating cardboard (not that I ever have).

King Edwards and Mayan gold are on the small to medium size but size takes second place to taste for me. If you want a really tasty second early spud that looks good and reaches a decent size try either Marfona or Vivaldi. Vivaldi are just slightly better flavoured but there isn't much in it. Marfona have a firmer texture but both spuds will roast and bake and won't fall apart if you have to boil.

I've just grown Blue Belle (maincrop) for the first time this year and they have been the most productive spuds I have ever grown, nice big spuds too.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:19

Have already stopped growing Jerusalem artichokes for reasons of wind.

Was sent some free seed potatoes from Fothergills called Blue Belle and I've never know a spud be so prolific. From about 20 seed tubers I ended up with three wheelbarrows full of the most beautiful large shiny clean spuds. It's a maincrop and I don't normally bother with maincrop in order to avoid blight but as they were free I gave then a go and with it being so dry and sunny this year the maincrop spuds have been great. I'll be ordering some more for next year and will hope for a similar summer. Second earlies were good too (Vivaldi) great taste and will be re-ordering for next year, can't understand why they are not more well known.

Always have success with celery (Tango) so will be sowing them again next year. Other than that I like to try new things so I'll be experimenting again next year, part of the fun innit?

Carrot Heads

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:09

You don't HAVE to pull them up at all if you have a fairly light soil. If you protect them from frosts by covering them with cardboard or fleece or whatever then you can harvest them as you need them but as you don't have any frosts then just leave them in the ground until required. 

The tops may wilt and look a bit of a mess but the root will be healthy and will happily wait for you. I assume you remembered to protect them from carrot fly. 

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 22:51

The maggot causes the plum to soften early and fall from the tree before the healthy plums that remain on the tree have ripened. So as somebody has already said the later plums will be maggot free.

I control the problem by collecting all the fallen plums and destroy the worst affected. It doesn't stop the problem completely but certainly reduces it. If you cut the plum in half and remove the maggot you can scrape the brown out and use the plums for cooking if you only have a small crop. Otherwise just wait a bit until the later ones soften. They will taste better too as the early soft ones don't taste as sweet as the later ones. The maggot causes a false ripening.

If you are going to collect the early affected ones it does mean that you have to keep the grass very short under the tree so that you can inspect the tree daily and gather the culprits when they have fallen.

Is it too late to prune a grape vine?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 23:18

I don't want to ruin it. Thanks muchly

Looking for plant suggestions

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 15:42

Buddleia will attract butterflies and will get to 8'.

Gooseberry can also get to 8' and will attract birds and give you a pie.

What species of tree is this?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 09:51

It's called the invisible tree species.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 22:52

Lyn you're a genius. Liverwort is what it is alright (looks like species archegonia). I quite like it as a ground cover as it tends to suppress grass and it's quite nice to walk on. It's also maintenace free as you don't need to cut it or do anything really. In my earlier post I was tempted to describe it as prehistoric as it looks odd as if it belongs to another time and lo and behold I read that liverworts were one of the first plants to encroach onto the land so my visiual instinct was right. It sounds as if it must be salt tolerant too so it's very difficult to erradicate and you certainly cannot kill it by spraying glyphosate. Thanks for the lead. Happy gardening.

Plant identification

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 18:34

It's far more ground hugging than that Joe. Thanks

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