Mel Mcbride

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Few questions about clearing beds

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 10:24

One of my beds got blight infested. Is it necessary to remove a few inches of the soil they were growing in? Is there something (non chemical) I should put in to it? --- Also, It would be handy if I could plant my garlic and onions in that bed, spacewise - or - is it better to pile it with some of my compost/manure and let it rejuvenate for the cold season?

Next question: Would be good for the soil to chop up some of the crops leaves and mixed them in to the various beds. Or are they better off in the compost bin? I grew elephant garlic, which I read farmers call 'liquid gold' whatever that means. Also the sprouts, Rhubarb, sweetcorn and runners left a loft of leaf over.

Next question: I have horse manure to use. Planning using a bit in the compost bin, and share the rest out between ground level and raised beds. But, is it best to use it in beds you're not growing in over winter? How plentiful are you when you use it? Is it even worth doing? And does it scare cats off? lol 

I really appreciate any answers. I'm sorry there's so much!

I realize I can google articles, but I just do understand better listening to real people talk - it actually goes in

Can anyone tell me what these are?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 16:47

I just found out, they 'may' be Ariel potatoes. They grow this colour, they don't turn green or brown. They grow purple from the get go. Had to find a potato expert to find this out.. but there you go. There are not normal tubers that have been exposed to the sun. 

Can anyone tell me what these are?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:07

Sorry. there's 5, some nearly as high up as the flowers were

Can anyone tell me what these are?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:05

Also, they are growing where the leaf nodes (?) were. The leave stems/nodes/whatever had dried up, died and fallen off a few weeks back. There are 3 of them, they aren't all near the soil either.

Can anyone tell me what these are?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:04

@Welshonion I cannot see your reply in this post. I saw it via your profile.

These are not from seeds, they grew from tubers. (which are NOT seeds! I have tps, they grow inside tomato looking things)

I've never chitted potatoes and grown them above ground. I chop them up and throw them in the soil. Previously to that, all my spuds I kept in the cupboard grew shoots only, some as long as my arm, because I forgot about them! So I have never seen leaves on spuds above ground, after growing them for about 5 years now. 

I just find it hard to believe that potatoes would grow above ground on the stem, and produce leaves while still on the stem and these are tiny as well. You can see that against the thickness of the stem. Ordinarily any tubers showing through the soil go green and that's it. Never seen the green spuds produce leaves

Can anyone tell me what these are?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 14:35

I had one these grow last year on the stem above ground, people suggested its a spud that got exposed to the sun. But see... I'm not convinced. This year I left them on a little longer and they are sprouting leaves.. something that spuds do not do until you put them underground. 

They are growing off a plant that is essentially dead, barely attached to its own root ball. They are growing out of the nodes (?) where the leaves were growing out from the stem, before they died and fell off.

The plant has been 'stressed' because I've been taking out spuds here and there from the soil - you know how you can stress a female to get feminised seeds from other plants -- or maybe you don't.. but you can do that trust me! I'm wondering if this is a reaction to stress. (??)


They are NOT true potato seed, I have those already, these are nothing like that. I just can't fully believe they are spuds. Any ideas? 


Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 10:12

Yeah I scratched and damaged the leaves picking them out, didn't read what bob said till after I'd done that. 

Ants on plants

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:57

^ hehehe

Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 17:28

Yep that is exactly what it is thanks! I google so many different things and didn't come up with anything like it -- thanks again

What next after onions & garlic are harvested?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:40

You can definitely plant the fast growing things like lettuce, spinach, mustard and various herbs including chives, coriander things like that. Potatoes you can keep sowing through to the end of August.

It's a bit late for most things, but I've sown this late, you just end up with smaller plants and not much yield. I've started tomatoes, pumkins, courgettes and sweetcorn this late, last year. 

If you're able to make a poly-type cover or glass cover (maybe not this year but in the future) you can extend the growing season a tad, by about a month. Mainly because many plants, at the end of their cycle, need heat to ripen fruits and veg, not actual sunlight at that point. Eventually, about October time, the shorter days make the covered beds/green houses too cold for most stuffs.

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