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Planning potatoes for next year

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:09

Hi  Snowathlete. As Fidgetbones says, your plot is really too small for potatoes and would be better utilised in growing crops which can be grown more closely together. I have grown potatoes in the black flower tubs as can be purchased from well known supermarkets, just drill holes in the base to provide a drainage outlet. I have grown the  potatoe Foremost for about 40 years, a very early breed, from planting as chatted sets they are usable and very tasty but smallish pigeon egg sized. after 68 - 70 days grown in multipurpose compost. I also grew International Kidney this year by the same method and was quite happy with the results. This breed is supposed to be the equivelent of the famous Jersey Royal?? but I will grow again. My method is to chit my sets in January then set them on balled up newspaper in the bottom of the 9 inch pot on a few inches of compost then just cover with same. keep on covering the leaf growth as if earthing up, until the pot is almost filled. I do grow initially in a greenhouse then set the pots out under cover early May but also provide fleece and waterproof cover as required. Quite a lot of effort but well worth while. Good luck, give it a go.




Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 15:53

Hi David Jones6.  You do not say what colour these small insects are but I think they are most likely to be whitefly.  I use a home made garlic based spray which I find effective as it doesn't taint the sprouts and is easily made. I also use this mixture as an all round insect deterrent throughout the growing year. It does give the little lighters a bad breath though.



Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:46

Margaret Gilmour.

Have faith Margaret, feed every other day with a high potash content tomato feed, this is what helps the ripening process, not just the sun. As you may be well aware, at end of Summer nearly every tomato grower has masses of green tomatoes which ripen on trays in a warm room after picking, ie no sun.  Also tomato feed is beneficial for flowering plants.

Why not grow a few comfrey plants and make your own organic potash feed, believe me it works. There are good videos on youtube.

Pepper problem

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Hi Calendula.

As Buddyboy suggests your problem is overwatering, I try to not water on a regular basis, only when the leaf shows signs of flagging and then just enough water to wet the pot content. Works for me.

Vegetable seeds

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:23

Re swede growing Bekkie Hughes. I have found the best way of growing swedes is to start them in 3 inch pots of ordinary garden soil with multi purpose compost added, about 50/50. Sow no sooner than early May and should be ready to set out into garden soil proper early June after any lingering late frosts. I have used this method successfully for the past 10-12 years. Give it a go and I think you will be pleasantly supprised.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:42

Thanks to all interested viewers. I have limited the developing fruits to 6 per plant and in doing so discovered one fruit near base of one plant to be approx 4x1.5 inches so have high hopes of further success. I have been advised to provide plenty of water and feed twice weekly with a high potash tomato feed. So come along all you doubters and give it another go.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 06:12

The seed I used was from lidl and called Halflange Violette which shows shiny purple on packet. The plants have grown well and stand approx 70 cm tall with 12-15 small fruits per plant and increasing in size by the day. I think I need to be patient and let nature take its course. Grateful thanks for all advice up to now and hope for more.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:24

I am growing Aubergines for first time and hope someone can advise me as to when these fruits should show as mature and ripe. Also what size can I expect to achieve baring in mind they are growing in 8inch pots, at the moment they are small egg size. Any advice will be most welcome.

Raspberries from seed

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:24

The topic heading is wrong, it was entered as strawberry. The reason I am hoping to grow from seed is because rooted runners from fellow strawberry growers are not sure to be virus free, however well meaning the supplier, and as I am planning to grow 30 - 40 plants I am hoping to avoid a wasted season by growing inferior plants. Thanks for your observations so far and I shall follow up your advice Pete8

Raspberries from seed

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:08

Does anyone have experience of growing strawberry plants from seed? What is the best method and when to sow. I refer to the original sized fruiting type and not the alpine breed. Any advice will be most welcome.

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