Howard Slights

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:33
New ground, never used for veg. wood ash- grow more and a dash of blood and bone mixed in with some early compost roughage/chicken manure all contributed to my first attempt. single dig and one earthing up has produced a generous result of mixed salad /chipping size spuds (both ends of the size population, some greening experienced!).Variety- Charlotte, seed from a visit to a French supermarket in March 2014.
2 rows watered by soaker hose twice a day for approx. 1/2 an hour each a.m. and late p.m.this regime was assisted with an occasional dose of my own horse manure liquid tea, (don't know the concentration of liquid to solids just guess work !!)

I am happy with the results and am now spending time researching the on going planting for autumn / winter / spring crops from this site given the recommended crop rotation plots.

grape vine roots

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 19:54

A new but old house to me. Small narrow border 10/12" wide next to my house wall , south flacing ! Too good not to use !

Would like to grow a Black grape for wine making, Any experience re . root problems and house foundation concerns ? Thanks in anticipation and the odd glass or three !



Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:20

I remember in my fathers greengrocers shop circa 1950 woven wooden baskets from Eastern Europe (maybe Poland) packed tight with wonderful "Bilberries" alas no more ? Also sold in the local bakers shops bilberry pies with cream on top, same size as egg custard pies/tarts, wonderful blue lips and tongues. We also went on car trips to the moors north Leeds? Ilkley ? area and collected the little billberries found amongst the heather- blue finger job ! Well worth it. I wonder what has happened to the in porting trade etc. of these wonderful berries ?  Any ideas !

Material for raised bed

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:53

I have used surplus pvc. plastic soffit/facia board for outside shelving to stand flower pots on on my patio, with every success.Will be moving house soon to a larger garden and will make raised beds using the above.

I will also use the total mulching system as explained in "Back to Eden" web site in "U tube" makes a lot of sense. Any one else out there tried it yet ?

Ideas for shading plants please

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:03

An old frame tent frame/ a gazeebo frame, easy /light to erect and dismantle. Thats if youv'e got space around to get it in. Green house netting would then drape over. Other wise a "Ray Mears" over night type shelter of a horizontal rope to 2 uprights (trees) than drape a ridge of old cotton sheet between them.! Q.E.D.

Grape Vine Pruning

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:20

I have a 6 year established black grape vine "Muscat Bleu". It is currently throwing out long leaders way beyond the training wires. Does cutting back this growth inhibit the production of the berries or concentrate the plants effort to cosolidate the existing berries? Maybe side shoots with berries may now form ? Any ideas please !

growing cucumbers in a greenhouse

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:27

Cucumbers need lots of shade and a humid atmosphere, also very hungry for nutrients. Put manure into a small sack/plastic bag with lots of small holes punched into it. Then soak it in a tub of water for a few days, ends up looking like beer, plants love it ! 


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grape vine roots

danger to house footings /drainage etc. 
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Grape Vine Pruning

summer tidying 
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