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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 18:51

My method is to buy now and chit on egg trays. When shoots are about 2 cm long I plant into pots on a 5 cm bed of multipurpose compost then cover with same. As the shoots grow through each layer of  compost just keep adding more until pot is full. The pots I use  are the black supermarket used flower tubs, sold off cheaply at about 10-12 for .99p. (Morrisons). They are about 3 ltr size. I bought my Foremost seed potatoes yesterday, they are set up now and I usually pot up late February/early March and will take a crop of pigeon egg size tubers after 70 days. I must a add they are grown in an Unheated greenhouse before setting out under tempory covers of fleece and polythene in late May. I have been using this method for 40 plus years and it has never failed me. Try it, you shouldn't be disappointe.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 19:33

Many thanks to all correspondents, your advice input has given me food for thought. Happy gardening everyone.

Greenhouse heating

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:39

Which make of propane gas heater would fellow enthusiaststs recommend. I anticipate heating a 12x8 size wooden greenhouse to be frost free only but with the potential to have increased heating capacity using bubble type insulation. Any experienced advice  would be most welcome.

Composting - where am I going wrong pls?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 18:54

Warning all--- you may find my suggestion disgusting. The only accelerant I use on the compost heap is urea, very easily obtained in human urine and is in constant supply. It may even deter rats?

What size of container for potatoes

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 10:45

Hi Billy Goat. My method was included in a reply to a thread raised by Snowathlete on 31/10/14 Maybe you can look back to it? You do not need pots of greater size unless you wish to grow main crop. I have only ever used the black flower tubs bought from supermarkets 99p for about 15, they don't come much cheaper than that and can last a few years. These are the flower buckets delivered to supermarkets containing water and sold off as "used".

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.

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