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Latest posts by Melspade

Potato plants dying - whats happening?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:45

Hi Alex.  I tend to dig mine up on a dry day, leave them on the surface for a while to dry off thoroughly and then bag up in either hessian sacks or netting bag, definitely not plastic as if still damp will rot.  I keep them in the garage, where the temperature stays pretty constant, but anywhere that is not too hot or cold.  This seems to work for me anyway.  I check them regularly, any bad smell and you are best tipping them all out and making sure none are rotting, as this will progress through them all - really horrible stink!  Good luck

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:07

Bindweed and I have become extremely intimate.  So far bindweed 1 - 0!!  I don't use any weedkiller, just keep pulling it up as it grows and gently teasing out the long white roots when I find them.  I must admit I find it extremely satisfying when I loosen the soil and manage to pull up a long root (12" plus). There is certainly less growth this year than last, and I pull up any bit I see in growth at every opportunity.  I appreciate this would not have any impact in a big garden (mine is quite small) but I am a great fan of wildlife and insects, so prefer to have a bit of bindweed than risk killing bees etc.  Good luck with your endeavours, just so glad I only have a bindweed problem and not Japenese Knotweed - the 'Devil' plant

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:17

Thanks Biofreak,  Lets hope more people/nurseries catch on with this idea, sounds ideal.  Keep up the good work, you are helping us all understand a bit more.


Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 12:18

Just found this blog, wish I had come across it earlier in the year.  Really interested.  Biofreak will you be doing this again next year as I have grown/planted up most of the veg for the year already.  Will be following closely over the next few weeks however.  Am learning so much.  Thanks

Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:59

I don't tend to start my tomatoes off until April, my first lot are up and producing their first true leaf, but the others should be shooting through by Easter.  I was interested to read about the Black Russian as I am growing them for the first time this year - try a new variety every year.  Last year I grew (amongst others) Hungarian Strawberry, and was thrilled with the quality and taste.  Saved my own seeds and they are growing well.  Also tried Ildi, a small yellow tomato, that produces more tomatoes on each truss than you could ever imagine, so growing them again this year.  My trusty Sungold and Costa DeVoluta are also being grown.  Like you Sylvia I make loads of what I call 'Tommy Gunge'.  Just take out the majority of seeds and render down with garlic and herbs, then freeze in plastic containers and use in all my stews and curries.  So delicious and not at all bitter, but sweet and lovely.  Hope you have a good crop Christopher.  I always grow Tagetes in pots in the greenhouse and never have problems with pests.

Seeds not germinating.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:26

Did you collect the seeds yourself or buy them in?  I have  found bought in seeds are giving me spasmodic germination, I often wonder how old they are!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:24

That sounds a good idea Fidgetbones, but if there is a slope on the bottle neck (even though put in horizontally) will the bees be able to climb back out? Will it not bee (sorry about the pun!!) too slippery?  If not it is an idea I may use.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:03

Am just about to have a 4' retaining wooden wall built to hold back a bank (SE facing). Will be filled with hardcore and then soil.  Want to incorporate either drilled holes or cut out areas in retaining sleepers to insert bamboo canes, hosepipe lengths, etc., to accommodate solitary bees, bumble bees etc.  Any ideas about hole size and depth and whether drilled holes need to be put in at an angle to prevent water running in.  Any advice, tips gratefully received. Thanks

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:17

Heard a Chiff Chaff yesterday in Gloucestershire and male blackbird carrying small worms, so I guess nestling are about.  Here's to a lovely hot weekend.

Another plant/shrub that needs identifying :) Thank you

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:07

I agree with Ribes, but have to say that although it smells of foxes the bees LOVE it as it is an early flowering shrub.  Do think about keeping it if you are considering wildlife in your garden.  It can be kept under control with pruning after it flowers.  Good luck


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