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Posted: 17/10/2013 at 15:04

We are still trying to find the potato that we enjoyed when we were young. Every year we plant some old varieties, no luck so far. Must be how things are remembered. We do not grow maincrop as we can obtain them from our local farms.

On the subject of new potatoes, however, we find that International Kidney is the nearest to Jersey Royals and this year we tried Anya, which we found to be very good. The added bonus is that that they turn out much cheaper that supermarket bought and with Anya there is no waste as you just scrub them and eat every one however small.

Stawbs - when to ditch older plants?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 15:59

3 years is the accepted norm. I believe the original idea was to have rows of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year plants, so the bed in a large patch precessed across.

However, you may find that by the 3rd year row weeds are a problem, so it needs to be removed and dug over.

We are currently solving our weed problem and Strawberry beds by a method seen elsewhere.

1. Select runners and place in small 3'' pots with compost around August.

2. Dig over row/s and try to get as much perennial weed root out as possible and add compost.

3. Cover the area with black weed proof material and  retain cover with plastic retainers.

4. Cut out planting holes, by X's and turn back the material to give a reasonable space for plant and watering/feeding.

5. When the runners have settled into their pots and have some roots showing at the bottom of the pot, cut off and transplant runners into the holes watering well.

We have completed our second bed on the strength of the yield of the last years trial. It was easier to pick, feed and water. Next year the third row will be started.

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 18:38

"I never pull rhubarb after early June, to let the crown build up for the following year."

Well, Dovefromabove, with 5 varieties to choose from, I find that there is some that linger into July before they naturally die down in the Summer. It depends on the weather. I do not force rhubarb, so some do not produce large enough stems until May. SWMBO usual pulls them when 2 -3 foot long and red. Any longer and I have to pull them!

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 13:56

Welshonion, the Glaskins Perpetual Rhubarb was last picked at the start of the month, but is still growing vigorously, whereas other varieties have gone dormant or losing their leaves.

I have left all rhubarb uncovered to get some water after a dry summer here in Norfolk. When it stops raining, I shall weed and cover each crown with compost for the winter.

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:37

As promised, reporting back on green stemmed Glaskins Perpetual Rhubarb.

We have tried two batches and found that they are quite acceptable. Its just the green colour that we are not used too! Another advantage seems to be that they are still thriving in October, when the variety Victoria( a glorious red) has gone to bed for the winter. Similarly other varieties have finished as expected. So we could say that, on this showing we have a late, late variety.

First Allotment winter

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 15:29

I also have a cunning plan(of the likely areas) for the following year.

Sketch out the beds/areas on paper or on a computer and designate each for a future crop. For instance prepare a bed for Autumn onions/ garlic first and then another for Broad Beans in October/ November. This website gives useful warnings/hints as what to plant and when. The sight of greenshoots appearing is incentive enough to carry on through the winter.

The plan can be altered and used for crop rotation for following years.

First Allotment winter

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 11:33

There is nothing more daunting than clearing a neglected allotment plot! The secret is little and often. When I acquired my plot 4 years ago, the weeds were taller than SWMBO. If you can divide weed into 2 types those that can be composted and those that need to be destroyed (docks, dandelion, and thistle). Take a small part and double dig removing those mentioned above. Best of Luck!

Bargain of the year

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:08

My Local Car-boot often has flower and veg seeds for sale. A vendor comes with a couple of boxes to sell.

They are short dated stock, that is sow by this year or next. But T&M seeds, originally priced at around £2-3, whats not to like. At 4 packets for a £1, I think I can stand a few losses. Also at those prices, I can afford to try out unusual varieties.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:53

Try both types. I grow Autumn and Spring planted shallots and I usually find that the spring sown give the better yield.

Horrible garage roofs

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 15:52

Russian vine will cover anything and everything, I shudder to think where my original planting is now at my old house. It will go mad, so I am not advocating that!

We covered our unsightly shed roof in our present garden with Clematis Montana. It took a few years but it did the job. We used two variaties both pinkish (can't remember their names), one was more vigorous but the other was more fragrant. True they are unsightly in winter but magnificient in flower in spring and early summer.

One solution is to use various vaieties of Clematis to give flowers all year and use some kind of trellis to encourage them up and over the roofs.

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