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The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:07

At one time I would have sworn by 'Humax' it was made by a relatively small firm in Cumbria, now been taken over ,and the name seems to have disappeared from around here.

The co-op was selling some compost from Ireland last year, which I found very good,this year not selling anything,maybe it was a one off deal they did, or only available at the very large stores.

Harvesting potatoes

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 18:51

I would certainly chop off any haulm that is left standing because it sounds like 'blight',the spuds are not going to grow any more.

As to digging up the whole crop depends on if they have suffered from the blight, try digging a few and if they are sound you could leave the rest for a week or two for the skins to set.

Whatever don't compost the haulm,and any potatoes you store need checking weekly in case you have missed a bad one which will quickly spread to any others it is touching. I check about 4 weeks before being satisfied they will keep.

Potato's again!

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 13:05

Keep topping up to the top of the bag,you can feed with a high potash fertiliser,i.e. tomato feed or one of the potato fertilisers available.

Towards the end of october there is not enough light left to photosynthesise so you can chop off the haulm and leave the spuds in the bags until Christmas, at this point it's a good idea to bring the bags inside of a shed,garage or cold greenhouse to keep the frost away from them.

On the gardening programme on Radio Leeds Sunday morning it was said it's now getting too late for Christmas spuds, again due to lack of light.

Strange Baubles on Potato Plant

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:23

It won't do any harm if you cut them off,the plant is better off producing potatoes instead of seed.


Posted: 08/08/2012 at 08:02

Sounds like common scab, certain varieties are prone to it, although weather and lime can be to blame.

It does not affect the eating quality, just scrape or peel the skin and the flesh underneath should be fine.

Carrots have feelings too

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 14:45

 Couldn't get too excited by it all.


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 07:10

I started digging one King Edward to see what was going on underneath,and found some slug damage, so then decided to carry on and remove the lot.

I think anyone who was just starting out growing veg this year could be put off for life from bothering.


Posted: 03/08/2012 at 19:25

This must be the worst year ever for potaoes,although first earlies did reasonably O.K., Kestrel and King Edward have been a real poor show.

Last year both gave me 2x  25kg bags of spuds, this year about half a bag each.

The K.E especially poor, a lot of very small tubers still attached to the roots which appear to have never got going at all, and of course this year I can't blame a lack of water.

Peas have been just as bad, Beans have never got going,so only really got Onions, and a few of these have bolted, and Garlic left to look forward to,


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 14:25

No Apples or Pears this year on our trees.

No Plums either, plenty of flowers this year which became embryo plums, but seems the heavy rain knocked them off.

Last year about a thousand on five trees, this year I can see about twenty have survived so far.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 14:15

/\ /\ /\ /\  Agreed.

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