Lewis T

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International kidney potatoes

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 20:04

I bought international kidney potatoes last year, they were well formed and delicious. This year I planted new ones in a fresh area plus 2 bags and two deep troughs. They all got scab and the potatoes boiled gently were very floury. Do you think I was sent the wrong ones by mistake as I have never experienced new potatoes going floury before or is that a result of scab?

International Kidney new pots

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 21:53

Can anyone tell me what these white wart like things are please? I use four raised beds, so nothing goes in the same situation for less than four years. We throw all potato, tomato, rose cuttings and all unhealthy leaves like rust or black spot. We are purely organic and make all our own compost.

This year I decided not to bother with mid season potatoes as we didn't really have enough room, so there is just the one row of International kidney potatoes and two potato bags. I haven't checked the bags yet. I haven't seen anything like this before. Also they take ages to cook, unlike last years crop which were delicious. Should I peel them or throw them.




Shock!!! Horror!!!

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:44

I agree with you ecokid.  We have a wonderful local park, which is in danger of being taken over by a private company. There is an online petition to keep it for the public called - Parc Howard Petition. It was given to the poor children of the town over 100 years ago but the CCC have declared ownership and all the bye laws seem to have been ignored.

Thirty years ago, adjoining the side of our house, alongside the entrance to this park there was a wonderful allotment where young boys, who had been in trouble, were encouraged to garden and it taught them so much. I used to supply their water. It is sadly overgrown now but what a challenge that would be. I am 75 but I would willingly volunteer to help out. Gardening is such a relaxing hobby and organic vegetable growing has many rewards, not just you keeping you fit, but the fresh taste of home grown vegetables is incomparable and eating well keeps you healthy. 

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:04

For 1Runnybeak1 If you haven't got an Aloe Vera Barbadensis plant on your window cill - for bleeding thumbs - bleeding anything, cuts, stings, mouth ulcers, small or large burns, bites, bruises - even hemorrhoids we use Forever Living Products Aloe Vera 'Gelly' -  as our family first aid kit - but it has to be FLP's as that is the purest.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 19:47

I was on holiday and out of contact when your message came through so missed the BBC news on slugs. Thanks for your comments though.  

New addition to the garden

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 07:53

Best news yet thanks.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:43

Hi Fairygirl, I once created a lovely pool in my cottage garden (sadly sold now) and the man next door was a great help in giving us advice. He ran an estate on the Gower Peninsular. We even managed to fill it from a natural spring just up the road.  On my North wall in my town garden I have placed a large sunken stone sink which is shallow, in the shade of a silver birch tree, alongside evergreen shrubs so there are plenty of places for them to hide. Blackbirds bathe in it every day at about 5 pm. Also on the patio there is a huge beaten copper circular moon pool with lilies, and I have placed a large stone inside so they could climb out if necessary. But there is no room for a large pool as I have given one third over to growing organic vegetables.



New addition to the garden

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:11

Thanks Bob, I am relieved as I have wanted more wild life in my organic garden. I do pick the huge slugs out of my compost container with a pair of tongs and drop them into a jar of salted water and often leave a plank on the garden and have counted as many as 14 underneath.

 I recently sunk an old clay sink in the ground with sloping sides and rescued a small younger toad this morning as he couldn't climb up the shiny sides. I've put a forked branch in now so that he can climb out of that if he gets stuck again. 

Pansyface, Re crawling under the gate, it's a proper door, but I was curious so I had a good look this morning and found that my builder had left a three inch gap between the public park and our new high wall so that could explain it.

New addition to the garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:21

I have a walled garden, over nine foot high and can access it only through a doorway. After solving my slug problem by planting the younger crops in copper circles,I couldn't understand how my lettuces were being devoured. When I folded back the old carpet on my compost container I found a huge black toad. Great, I thought he'll eat my slugs. We get rather a lot in wet Wales. Then I realised he may be the culprit eating my lettuces. Don't ask me how he got into the garden. Can they jump high enough to get out of the compost container and will it also deplete the worms in the compost. I found several huge fat slugs in there too so it's not feasting on those. I'm not sure what to do now.

The mystery of my Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:09

Found three new tiny ones in my hanging baskets on my upstairs balcony today so it has to be from my compost bin mulch but I will overwinter them as you suggest artjak thanks.

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