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Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:13

In my raised bed I have 6 rows of potatoes, 5 in each, 3 different varieties, either earlies or second earlies. The rows are 24 inches apart and I have just started earthing up as they are 4-6 ins tall.

I am considering planting out some tomato plants in the gaps between the rows to maximise the use of the land. The tomato plants vary in height between 6 and 15 inches.

I appreciate that I will have to dig the potatoes up carefully when the time comes but has anyone had any experience of such intercropping?

Last edited: 18 May 2016 11:13:40

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 21:27

Thanks, everybody. One can always rely on speedy suggestions!

I do have an unheated greenhouse so will put them out there. I have enough seeds for further sowing in April.

Early seed sowing

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 19:27

I have recently sown some cucumber and gherkin seeds in seed compost in modules on a heated tray in my house.

Within days they were up and I have removed them from the heat. They are indoors near the window and I turn them several times a day to keep the shoots upright.

I believe that you supposed to wait until some true leaves appear before potting on. My concern is that the seedlings are now 3-4" long and in danger of becoming too leggy.


Advice please

Drooping cucumber leaves

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 20:20

My Suttons Byblos cucumber in my greenhouse has produced 5-6 healthy cucumbers but the bottom leaves are yellow and crisp while the top leaves are all wilting.

I'm not sure if this is due to over or under watering or something more sinister.


Can anyone please advise?

PS I would not be surprised if this topic has already been posted but I can't seem to find a search feature and don't really want to look through over 6,000 earlier topics in this forum! 


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:16

My beans seem to have been the subject of blackfly which have now been eaten by syrphid fly (hover fly) larvae. See this thread I started:


Drooping acer leaves

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:59

We have now lost the acer platanoides and an acer griseum planted nearby in the hospice garden. On speaking to the local nursery who supplied them, it would seem that they don't like very wet ground - which is what we have. Come autumn we will purchase another acer griseum and plant it in a drier area.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 00:12

Many thanks for your comments


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 10:23

Sadly we have black fly on some of our runner bean plants. We have sprayed them but, more interestingly, they are being eaten by what we thought were caterpillars. Having googled the problem, indications are that the little insects are more likely to be syrphid fly (Hover Fly) larvae. They are up to 1cm long, have legs and are black with yellow stripes running across their bodies.

Just wondered if anyone else has seen these and can confirm my thoughts?


Yellow spikey balls on rose leaf

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 15:27

Thanks, Folks.

Yellow spikey balls on rose leaf

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:11

Many thanks, folks. We'll watch it develop.

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