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Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 18:18

Hi, I think that the season we are having that is to blame and perhaps I might try them again, but when you only have limited amount of land you do want to be as sure as you can that you get a crop you can eat. I roasted them with Rosemary and garlic and they were OK but I really like new potatoes boiled or steamed with a knob of butter!!

Thanks for your interest everyone. I'm sure that with this funny season other people will have had the same problems. Bye for now, off to enjoy the sunshine.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 11:57

Absolutely Brilliant!!! sunshine all the way, will be out in the garden as soon as my cake has finished baking. Lots of jobs to do, weeding, reorganising a border, infact where do I start? Better get out there and get cracking, have a nice day

 

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:09

 Just watched Monty Don on GW  and the results of his potato trials. He has had the same problem with both taste and the potato breaking up when cooking that I had, so I can almost certainly say it is too much water that has caused the problem with the Vales Emerald  The Maris Bard are fine, so we have some ' new potatoes' that taste and cook like they should. I think we will stick with them in the future!!.

 

Lily beetle

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 07:29

I haven't had so many beetles this year. I usually pick off the adults and jump on them, shouting words a lady? should no use, My husband knows another one had been dispatched! If I find any larvae I also give them a spray of Provado, it seems to stop the little blighters from hatching ( if that's the correct word).

Whilst we are on the subject of lilies, I have several growing in pots, some years old, that have not produced many flowers this year. I dead head them when they have finished flowering and feed regularly, any tips to encourage them to flower next year.  I also re-pot them in new compost in the spring. Are they just coming to the end of their flowering life?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

PS Since posting this I have read a very interesting article on lilies on the RHS website, but I would still be interested in you comments, thanks.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 07:13

Nearly all my plants are self seeded in a gravel bed,a few others around the garden. It's amazing where they pop up. I then transplant them around the garden when the stems have toughened up. I think this helps with the slug situation.

I love VB but my husband can't stand them, he says they are long stalks with a flower on the end. I keep telling him they are elegant, graceful plants so useful for giving height to the border and the bees and insects love them, but he just can't see the point. I still plant them what ever he says. we have to agree to differ.

Have a nice day folks.

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 08:46

Thanks for your replies and advice.

We have grown Charlotte in the past and they have been fine.

We just like to grow a few of a variety we have no previously tried in case we find one we like for the next year, there are so many new ones,it mind boggling. I think I will try to get some seed to grow some for Christmas maybe Juliette or Casablanca. Think I will try some roasted with garlic and rosemary for tea tonight, might add a bit of flavour and keep their shape!.

Thanks once again. Have a nice day

 

PS It's raining again

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:53

Hi everyone.

We set 10 tubers of Vales Emerald as well as Maris Bard just for a change. We normally try to grow a few of the newer varieties to see how they perform. My husband dug a root to see if they were ready, so far so good. Lovely looking potatoes, nice and clean. Then I cooked them as I normally cook potatoes, with some springs of mint, to have with a salad for tea and what a disappointment. They were not nice at all. They broke up in the water, and tasted of absolutely nothing.

The Maris Bard we are growing are fine. Is the weather to blame?Have we left them too long before digging?

Your comments/advice would be appreciated, just pleased  we only planted 10 tubers.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:44

I just about to go out into the garden to sort out one of my borders, when we had a violent thunderstorm, hail stones, wind and torrential rain. The cat dived under the kitchen table and won't come out!  It did say we might have some rain, but really, it's the pits, so it's back to the forum to see what everyone else is up to.I love to read all the news.

 

Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:36

I have ordered from T & M in the past, everything has been OK, but now look out for the best value mail order. ie free postage, or more plant for your money offers. I have ordered from Jersey Plants from time to time. Last year one lot of plugs that I had ordered from them arrived in a terrible state. Who ever had packed them had omitted the inner packaging, and they all arrived in a jumble.(must have been a Friday) However after one phone call I was offered replacement or a gift voucher with no quibbles at all. Everything else I have ordered has been fine. Having said that I only order plug plants ie bedding begonias, violas and busy lizzie's, no large plants.

I try to buy locally, but sometimes you just can't get what you want and have to look on the Internet. I have had some wonderful plants from independent growers on eBay.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 22:57

My VB self seed all over the garden. Every time I go to the garden centre I see them for sale for up to £4. a pot. I must say it makes me feel rather smug I must have several hundred pounds worth! The tallest has reached approx 6ft 6", I have never had such tall healthy plants. I too have given numerous plants away.  I noticed today that next years crop are about 6" tall ready to be transplanted or potted up. Plants for free, you can't beat it.

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