Mel Mcbride

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Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 16:02

I have other tiny potatoes that I left in the pot, and they just went green, just as they normally do. I've grown spuds for years, never had any go purple, and never had any with green shoots coming out of them. Also the stem is not like spuds stems, much thinner.

I just been looking online and there are actually purple sugar beets, I didn't know this! But, those grow one per stem.. so.. still not sure.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:41

Yeah its on there now!

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:37

I found this on top of a potato pot I emptied days ago. Its NOT true potato seed, I have those, this is nothing like those. The dying stem they're attached to is slimmer than the dying stems of my spuds. The pot is next to pots of corn, an onion in seed (lovely and tall!) some salad, chives, and dill, sugar beet, but looks nothing like any of those as you can see.

They're VERY purple and are sprouting green leaves/or ?



Do basil seeds survive UK winters?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 16:49

Yeah that's really what its' all about, just playing around. Fingers crossed it goes well. Even though they're on deaths door now, they still smell so nice, they smell of potential.. who am I kidding haha

Advice needed

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 15:11

Potatoes are fine. I'm not that patient, I always eat some while the skin isn't quite done. You know when you just touch them and the skin slides off? They taste great, they taste the same as the ones that are ripe and peeled.

Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 15:09

I don't wash mine until I use them. I wash the ones I give away, but only because those ones will be used up quickly.

Mine go in plastic bowls with newspaper on top, in a dark cupboard until I'm ready to use them. They stay in good shape till late December, but usually wrinkle up by January lol

Do basil seeds survive UK winters?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 15:04

Dave, Do you think if I scrap off the first inch of soil, dry and save the lot in a tin, indoors, would that work as well? 

Winter onions

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 14:53

I planted an actual onion to create seeds this year. The seeds have dropped off now, and the new shoots (which will be edible onions) just popped out the ground this week. So I would say now is a good time!

Do basil seeds survive UK winters?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 14:49

I let some basils run to seed, but I left it too long and there's no seeds on them now. They've likely dropped in to the surrounding pots.

Are basils native or nearly native to the UK? If there's a chance the seeds will survive I'll leave the pots be till they sprout up next year.

Many questions about late blight?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 16:09

Ohhh, thank you so much

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Can you identify this for me please?

Strange and small 
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Do basil seeds survive UK winters?

Didn't harvest in time :( 
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What to do with downy and powdery mildew patch?

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Grey n green not doing it for me hehe 
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If, when and where to use straw?

I'm confused ....again 
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Wild garlic seeds help

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What have you learnt this year?

Will you do things differently next year :) 
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Some questions about Basil

Forcing to seed 
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Where abouts to cut the leaves on pumpkins?

Possibly the dumbest question ever asked ! 
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Anyone good with onions?

Seed pods just about to blow! 
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If I let a bolting spinach run...

Good idea or bad idea? 
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Help me save my courgettes please!

what is this? 
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