Hester Scott

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Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:43

Well, they can be harvested whenever one chooses, of course, but I have found that piece of advice to be correct.

just had a thought.  Few and far between, so it made me reflect a minute.  Here in Ireland we are really particular about our potatoes, and they must be as dry and floury as possible when cooked. With smiling skins, I.e split skins.  The term "waxy" is a terrible insult.  I'm not joking here. We don't like the look, feel or taste of waxy potatoes, even for potato salad!    So, we leave them in the ground until they have flowered and the foliage dies down naturally.

anybody like to come in on this?

Ivy Grow Bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 17:33

Why not grow some sort of virginia creeper, upwards.  It is very quick and actually rampant.  I have it falling downwards across windows (after coming sideways) if you see what I mean.  It changes to wonderful colours later and I change bedrooms just to lie in bed and stare at it.  Ivy, which I also have, is dangerous stuff in the wrong place. Very damaging and to sit under would be dusty and frankly horrible.  Good for birds nests, tho.

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:14

Looks like something from the Muppets.

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 23:56

Caz, you may or may not remember what you saw initially of your mystery plant. The morning glory is a seedling with two strong seed leaves nothing like its real leaves later on. And it has a reasonably stocky growth.  The bindweed,or convolulous, emerges, perhaps from a minute shred of root or perhaps a seed and starts as it means to go on, ie, like taking over your world.  Don't, what ever you do, plant it out in your garden.  Perhaps some of the really knowledgable gardeners here will wade in, but I'm sticking to my guns!

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:49

Fraid to say, but I think that mystery plant is bindweed!

Talkback: How to grow pulses indoors

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:13
Read somewhere putting a little pressure on the sprouting seed, on the surface, benefits or encourages longer shoots. Advice came from someone in china, I think.

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:43

Definitely make the most of this in every way you can.  People here will give you great suggestions, like hortum.  Make it clear you expect them to pay for it, your family I mean.!!  

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:21

Ryan.  That is a truly dreadful happening, and why should you just forgive and forget something so stupid and hurtful.  I realise my response is too serious , but I'm really upset for you.  Your entire family should be showing remorse and trying to make it up to you.  And furthermore I don't find what goes around comes around!

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 23:50

How kind and encouraging you all are, and I do really appreciate it.  It is just the pests are getting worse every year on my plot and I find the netting protection bit is the hardest.  Also, I've tried to have a little weedy wild damp area as I've had a couple of frogs, tho not this year. And a small quarter of a barrel as a pond with king cups etc, and one of the other plot holders has told me more than once that these are bringing in the pigeons.  Maybe right.  Yes,  I have great gooseberries!

Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:21

Mel.  Don't freak out yet!  I doubt it is a feeding problem. Maybe erratic watering?  I feel it might just fix itself in time. Wait till the plants get into their stride.

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Talkback: Garden pests

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