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unidentified veg

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 21:45

It is a carrot. There were a few of them in my carrot patch this year. From what little I know carrots can be many colours. The reason we have mostly orange ones is thanks to the Dutch who developed them that colour out of homage to their royal family the house of Orange.

End of the season thoughts

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 21:24

 Still lots of weeding to do between the parsnips and the leeks. No end to garden work in sight. Yipee!

Compost Heap

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 15:04

Mix in some topsoil or spent compost from pots to the grass cuttings. Grass tends to compact and squeeze out the air from the heap. Add anything that holds in more air and the heap will be fine. Turn it on a regular basis too.


End of the season thoughts

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:28

Work never stops in the garden just the focus changes with the seasons. Weeds keep growing, digging and manuring to do, some late planting esp the rhubarb to move in November. No life goes on in the veg patch all the year . Also have a few hundred daffs to re-plant. Garden shed only half cleaned up to-day.

Don't forget to collect the leaves!

scabby potatoes

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:26

Scab in potatoes is  a sign of soil which is a bit on the alkaline side of neutral. Potatoes like most veg prefer soil on the acid side. It looks terrible but they should store ok and taste fine, the scab is only in the skin. It is a problem i am only too familiar with but we were eating our own main crop (Rooster) until April.

Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 22:05

First time ever to make wine this year. used 10 kg of strawberries to get juice to fill 4 demi-john. nearly ready for bottling. Think it will be strong!

potato scab

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 21:37

Not sure of your plans for next year broad bean but don't forget about crop rotation.

Whats happening?

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:58

Been a very mixed summer here in Tipperary. Started off great with a bumper crop of strawberries and rhubarb before that. The veg did great so far, garlic picked and the onions are coming on nicely. But it has been cool of late and this has lead to blight  in the spuds dispite spraying on a weekly basis.

Hopefully the rain showers of late will pass and a late autumn flurish will ripen the few apples and raspberries


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:24

I agree with  Fleurisa the pots above are too small for a harvestable crop. A tub big enough to hold a borrowfull of farm yard manure would be needed me thinks.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 22:48

COGIE rhubarb will grow in pots of compost but require a lot of care an watering.

 These three were too small to sow out last winter and were kept in pots to go out this winter. Don't know if it would be practical to keep them longterm in pots. But if you have no space then have a go.

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