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Latest posts by nightgarden

Unrotted compost

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 22:25

I usually grow some early potatoes in bags using a mix of soil/compost.

Does anyone know whether the 'open trench compost' technique would work in a bag - a layer of part rotted compost in the bottom then usual mix on top?


Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 22:50

South west Scotland too cold for sowing outside just yet but have just sown the first lot of peas in paper tubes in a cold frame and tomatoes in windowsill propagater today.

My first potatoes are chitting nicely and I hope to plant them in a couple of weeks - last year they recovered after being nipped by a late frost so this year I'll cover them in newspaper or fleece.



Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:54

I would get them in as soon as you can - dig out a trench to plant them in and pile the earth to one side of each row then plant and cover with some of the soil to give a pile then trench then pile - if frost likely then cover with fleece from pile on one side to pile on other thus trapping warmer air over your potatoes

what veg spacing method do you use?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:48

Not sure what the square foot method is - but I plant most things close together in beds no bigger than I can reach across without treading on them then eat gaps out to allow the rest of the crop to grow into the spaces - and get longer cropping times

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 09:02

Interesting idea swedboy - I'll take a look.

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:09

I have quite a large lavender bush that I cut back to the old wood for 3 successive years and it has flowered well each summer  - but it is now seemingly active from about half way up the plant with a lot of bare stems beneath and looks quite messy.

What's the best thing to do to bring it back to the bushy creature it used to be?

more gardening less smoking

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 18:55

You are all so right! Definitely not easy .... I felt really quite ill for the first couple of days without cigarettes which I wasn't expecting at all. Thanks so much for all the encouraging comments - no going back now!

Potato confusion

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 15:23

I grow 5 first earlies each in 3 canvas bags then seconds and mains in the veg patch - not lots of each but enough for a good store.

This year I'm trying Blue Belle main, Pentland Javelin first earlies and Wilja second earlies. I like waxy potatoes so Pink Fir Apple is one of my favourite main crops.

more gardening less smoking

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:51

Well so far so good - thanks for the encouragement...

I love pottering in my garden too - especially first thing in the morning and late evening......, when I had a greenhouse I used to have a cuppa in it last thing at night and just sit and relax in the dark!


Potato confusion

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 08:42

When I first started planting potatoes I worked out how many I needed per row then weighed that number using the spuds I already had to eat! Wasn't perfect but gave me a very good idea of what to buy.

I think roughly 1.5lb makes a 10 ft row.

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