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I have just been to my first potato day! It was a real treat, in January, to wander around enthusaistic gardeners selling all manner of seeds as well as tons of seed potatoes. If you can get to one, then go!
A lot of junk mail is made from shiny paper and that does not compost down very well. I have never shredded paper before - try it and see if it decomposes.
I would echo chicky's comments. We began by planting for bees, but of course so much more came into the garden for the plants. It is brilliant and really enriches my life. Good luck with the campaign.
Thank you Verdun. I am really looking forward to it - it is such a lovely plant and I miss the flowers.
When is the best time to prune this plant? Mine is about 15 years old, has lots of stalks but few flowers. It is long overdue a haircut. Any advice would be welcome.
I was bored too and then I had the brilliant idea of turning the compost heap. There was more than I thought... I was still out there in the dark. Next time I will lie down in darkened room until I feel better!
We have moved house about 15 times in the last 40 years.The best advice I was given by my dad was to wait a year and see what came up in the garden, then make changes. Best advice ever!
I agree with Dove - I do that and just leave it. I was a bit squeamish the first time I planted (I AM a girl..) but actually I had the best crop this year. I soon got over the squeamishness and learned to love the poo...!
Oooh, I like that idea - a sort of distraction crop. Will do that next year! Maybe I'll have more fat cabbages.
After suffering similar results, I fleeced the last unaffected cabbage. Now I am looking forward to a delicious fat cabbage in January! Fleecing does seem to work.