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Rhubarb

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 22:26

Been reading down all these posts and it strikes me that having a limited number of crowns leads to a lot of issues re moving, splitting and picking. If you could have a few more crowns these issues will be less problematic as you can take a crown out of production and not miss it. Rhubarb makes a great backdrop to a flower border so no need to think of it as a veg patch only plant. The one real danger to rhubarb is overpicking.

north facing veg patch

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 21:36

Correct as usual Dove. North facing garden here but more importantly very little if any shade.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 19:01

Connemara Gardener welcome to the "Spud planters guide to the Galaxy".

How early can you plant out there by the sea?Here in Tipperary we get frost till May bank holiday so spuds this early are a labour of love.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 17:34

Just in from collecting student from train.

Got it perfectly right Steve. Might try the grass clippings myself as we have Ph 8+ and the peat is more expensive. Those Roosters in my picture are heavely scabbed but taste wonderful.

Hostafan 1 the ones I sowed are barely 3 to 4 inches deep but will get another 6 inches of soil when earthed up.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 23:01

My late dad showed me this method and it works for me. I'll earthup with the ridges left when needs be. Will also dig the furrows between the ridges at a later stage and earthup again. This black soil is very fine when dry and runs off the growing tubers exposing them to the sun.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:38

Put one seed at your heel and one at your toe as in pictuer 4

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:30

Still not too lats for second earlies and plenty time for mancrop.

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 22:08

We are well into the potato planting season. How have you got on in the wettest March we have seen in nearly 10 years.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41427.jpg?width=336&height=350&mode=max

 My first early Sharpes Express sowed 12th March, 11 under this cloche and 13 others outside. Need to do a bit of weeding!

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 British Queens chitted and ready for planting to-day.

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 Two furrows opened to take 72 seed.

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 36 Queen seed planted with a bit of peat to reduce Ph and avoid scab.

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 3 rows of potatoes planted here. Two Queens and  one Home guard on the left planted on St Patricks day, March 17th.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 21:02

Without sycamores i'd have no leaves for composting in October.

peas

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 19:50

That should be 2012. Must wear the specs more often. I sowed another dozen peas, Kelvedon Wonder, today. 11 of the last 12 sprouted.

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