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Rogue potatoes - should I encourage them?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 07:14

Thanks for the prompt replies; seems the jury's out on this one. I did have potatoes pencilled in for one of the areas, then decided not to bother. I might just leave one or two in that area and get rid of the rest.

Rogue potatoes - should I encourage them?

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 22:16

I took over a lovely, clear, allotment last November and covered it  with weed-supressing membrane. Have been visiting regularly to start planting this spring. Today noticed several humps in the membrane and peered underneath - it's spuds! Dug one up - it's a Desiree or other red variety - just a withered, slug-nibbled lump. The plants are a bit bent over and the leaves are small - but they are vigorous. Question is - are they likely to go on to become good croppers, or are they just the last gasp of last year's harvest? There's absolutely nothing else growing under the covering that's been down since last November, so I feel a bit sorry for these plucky tubers . . .

Shrub ID please

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:45

Thanks to punkdoc and Daintiness for the ID and the bump of the other thread; yes, that's the one I have seen. I was given a small sprig of berries, so have planted some in a windowsill container and some outdoors in compost. Time will tell!

Shrub ID please

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 14:13

Can anyone identify the shrub that has these striking, lilac berries - the size of small ball bearings and almost metallic sheen to them? Can I grow a shrub from the berries?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/63516.jpg?width=322&height=350&mode=max

 

Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:19

Here we go . . . first is the whole plant belonging to the picture previously posted. The second one is a lone straggler.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53451.jpg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53452.jpg?width=648&height=350&mode=max

 I don't think there's much hope for either. I do have a third one further down the garden - just as bad.

Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 19:38

Here's a pic of the only ones left - the others were so horrible I cut the heads off. They have virtually no foliage and are on long, skinny stalks with no thorns except at the very bottom. The stalks all originate from a single spot in the ground - not a bushy shape at all.

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Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:45

I did pot a couple into bigger-than-next-size pots - so that could be why the fuchsia's dropping its flowers. The begonias are from the garden centre and quite disappointing all round. The small ones are staying very small.  The potting medium is the usual stuff from the garden centre - plus topsoil for the shrubby items. The roses we inherited in the borders all look very unpleasant - I've not bothered with roses before so maybe they have a disease. I think I'll have to write off this year and get to grips with it from the autumn so next year's better. Thanks for all the comments and suggestions, folks! We are drinking the tap water, filtered. Even if it's perfectly potable, we don't like the taste direct from the mains - it makes the tea ghastly.

Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 21:00

Thanks Dave. Just realised I was not making myself clear just now. Our house and garden did not get flooded - but the pots all got loads of rain for weeks on end. The two big pots got waterlogged and the mahonia and diablo died. I've been watering with a hose for about 6 weeks. We don't have a butt yet - it's on our "to do" list once we get started on the actual garden. I did repot the smaller plants, and new plantings in generous-size pots have not thrived as much as I think they would have done at our old place. I'm used to begonias getting very big, quickly, and having a long flowering period - into late autumn. Both gardens face south west. I have used a sprinkling of Vitax Growmore in the past week - on everything - hoping it will perk things up.

Plants not thriving in new home

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 19:44

Hi - we moved all our plants in their containers and pots, from our former patio garden, to our new home last autumn. They didn't all survive the horrendous flooding in February - huge mahonia and diablo both drowned. The rest - honeysuckles, hardy fuchsias, common herbs, Japanese maple, bay - have hardly grown at all. I bought new fuchsias, big begonias and busy lizzies a couple of months ago and they have hardly grown at all. The fuchsia and begonia flowers are not lasting but dying off while half-bloomed. My buddleia cuttings which usually grow like crazy, have withered. Could it be the mains water in the new place? We used to be Thames Water and are now Affinity. We humans hate the taste and smell (like swimming pool water) so we have had a filter tap fitted for our drinking water. The lilies are very happy - blooming and beautifully scented and for once not massacred by the slugs and snails which live here in abundance. Any suggestions? Thanks

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:46

The man in the video said "muscle spray" - meaning Deep Heat, Tiger Balm or other stuff you apply to aching muscles. There's loads of supermarket products available. We used to suffer from cat invasions in our garden and tried everything to keep them away - grated Wrights Coal Tar soap (looked like Red Leicester cheese sprinkled on the borders); teabags soaked with Olbas Oil; wax cones with camphor hung on the fence; Vicks dabbed on fence posts. We still had cats, but all of them had lovely clear sinuses as a result. In the end we moved. Electronic cat scarer failed in new garden - we could hear it even if the moggies didn't.  Water pistol was best (and most satisfying) deterrent but we have never had the time to stand on guard waiting for the cats to stroll by.

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Discussions started by Nibblets

Rogue potatoes - should I encourage them?

Random spuds are appreaing on my new allotment 
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Last Post: 20/04/2015 at 07:14

Shrub ID please

Striking lilac berries 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 08:56

Plants not thriving in new home

Could the local water supply be to blame? 
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Last Post: 23/07/2014 at 06:23

Mystery shrubs or trees in our new garden

 
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Last Post: 28/07/2013 at 14:29
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