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Small Potatoes

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:55

I think you'll find potatoes want a high potash feed.

Nitrogen is likely to produce too much Haulm instead of potatoes.

This what I use as a feed and slug repellant, .

We all have to learn sometimes, nobody knows it all.

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 23:10

Surprised they have no taste they are bred from Charlotte,one I've never tried.


Sharpes Express, Charlotte,Casablanca,Juliette are all nice tasting waxy salad spuds.

Try steaming instead of boiling,won't improve the taste I'm afraid

Apple - Mite Problem?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 17:59

I seem to remember on the Radio Leeds gardening programme at the weekend that the Capsid Bug was doing a lot of damage to trees this year.

Our Plums and Cherry have had a lot of leaf curl on the new growth this season which does seem to be widespread, don't know if this related to your problem or not.

If you are interested in listening to this it's available for a few days yet.


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 07:04

flowergirl14... Yes thats right 'Haulm' is the stems of Peas,Beans Potatoes and Grasses.


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 17:55

Maris piper is an early maincrop, so should be ready about 15/16 weeks,it's advisable to cut the haulms off and leave the spuds in the ground for 2 weeks for the skins to set and then store as above.

Alternatively you can pick them without the 2 week wait, they can be prone to slug damage,but be careful not to damage the skins.

After storage it's a good idea to check them after a fortnight, some times a bad spud can get through and spoil the rest of them.

And enjoy the Charlottes I've been taking a few out of each tub for the last fortnight and it's only today when I've completely emptied one,mainly because the haulm has started to die back.


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:29

Have a look, if in the ground pull away some soil and see whats there, if in tubs put your hand in and feel down below, if you can find some decent sized ones pull them out and try to leave the rest to grow on a little longer.


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 18:42

For first earlies 'Sharpes Express' get my vote,second earlies 'Charlotte' and 'Kestrel'.

The Kestrel can be left a full 20 weeks or until the haulm dies back,they will then produce some quite large spuds, two last year weighed in at 4lbs each, which are good for baking leaving a lovely crisp skin.

New this season are first early 'Casablanca', nice tasting waxy salad spud, and 'Juliette' , said to be an early main but can be used as a second early, yet to be tried.

Then to finish off it's ' King Edward' usually enough to keep the two of us plus occasional visits from the family from September to January.

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 18:02

Bear in mind you may have to wait a couple of years before it gives fruit again, whereas a new planted tree could take longer than that. Ours,Czar, took around 4 years from planting before giving fruit.

Most expert opinions now don't advise painting wounds.

Plant ID Help Please

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 17:47
FloBear wrote (see)

A weed is a flower in the wrong place,
according to poet Ian Emberson - and I agree with him!


Very true,but how many flowers do you want in the wrong place,this one can spread very rapidly

Plant ID Help Please

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 22:40

Willow herb,it's a weed pull it out asap, grab hold as near to the ground as possible and the whole thing complete with roots should come out in one.

Take a look here--

The right hand picture  will help you  indentify it while still small and gets chance to flower and go to seed.

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