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Fiskars Weed Removing Tool

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:13

With 500 sq metres of lawn, I find mine invaluable,yes it can leave some root behind,but seems to depend on the soil conditions,comes out better when the soil is dampish underneath.

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:01

Not totally level, some of the Allotments around here are built on a slope,one in particular has 6 raised beds around 12 foot long which will be about 2 to 3 foot lower at one end.  He does appear to grow some amazing crops on his system, I asked him once while passing about the slope , he said he does have to keep working the soil back up to the top now and then.

Blue stone

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:42

Don't know how true,it seems to have been talked about since 2009.


Here's an interesting link on a similar line,although this is in Ireland,here they are talking about a ban on home made recipes.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 19:44

It's been horrible since March really,I've only had to water spuds in containers once since planting, even after the last three good days they are still wet in the bottom,usually at his time of the year I would be watering daily.


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:17

Paper sacks can sometimes be obtained from your local Fish and chip shop,or Ebay.


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 18:13

West Yorkshire Born and Bred.


Posted: 14/06/2012 at 17:40

Put "growing potatoes in sand" in Google you'll get a lot of answers.

Soft seed potatoes

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 13:30

Doing fine thanks David, could just do with this weather drying up a little, I reckon my 'earlies' are about a fortnight behind this year,might just find enough for six of us on Fathers Day.

It was only yesterday I discovered the BBC site had closed down,it was one of your posts which pointed me over here.



Soft seed potatoes

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 10:58
David K wrote (see)
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Quite simple-plant the potatoes-don't fill the pot to the top just yet-and as they grow keep adding more soil until they reach the top- keep feeding and watering -hopefully a pot full of potatoes at the end


That's the traditional way, Geoff. Don't know if you know, there is more recent way of thinking that suggests just planting the tubers at the bottom of the pot & filling to the top with compost.

As a experiment I've tried both methods this year...this is some 'Rocket' grown by the latter method and harvested earlier this week:


It could be said that it's easier to get water to the roots with the former method,but as David says both ways work fine for me.

Of course with the topping up method you do get to see something growing sooner,where with the full method you can be left wondering if anything is actually growing.

Potatoes (again-sorry!)

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 16:12

Kestrel can be left for 20 weeks if desired,at which time they will have produced some quite large Potatoes which are ideal for baking.

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