philippa smith2

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Potatoes grown in a sack

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 16:53

The seed potatoes you bought should give you the variety and type - i.e 1st or 2nd earlies or main crop. If they are flowering now, they may be 2nd earlies.  Not all varieties flower but those which do are usually ready to harvest when the flowers go over.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 17:12

mickcarruk..........Butternuts like lots of space and deep rich soil.  It's not only how many fruits you can obtain per plant but how many will be able to ripen.  

You don't appear to have an awful lot of space in that bed.

Growing vertically ?  Certainly possible but with such large heavy fruit, you will need to be able to support them as they form.  

Same problem tho whether horizontal or vertical - depth of soil and width to expand ?

How often is "frequently"

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 14:38

Just water them at the roots and do it in the early morning or evening but only when they need it.  Planting them fairly close together will also help to stop them drying out.  You can just harvest the leaves of these initially if you want rather than cutting the whole plant straight away.

English Oak in a small garden

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 14:27

Sorry Sylvia - I mis read your post - thought your oak was still in a container.

Buttercups advice to lift in the Autumn is the best idea provided you can lift it without too much damage to the roots. You might want to consider making a little wheeled platform for the container if you think you will need to move it around the garden.  The soil medium will tend to make it pretty heavy.

If all else fails, I suppose as an English Oak, it could simply claim to be ignorant of German rules and regs

Good luck

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 18:11

Well, it's up to the OP really - it's not clear whether he/she was stating a "fact" or asking for advice.

If the former, nutcutlet's post covers it.

If the latter, rip it out if it frightens you.

Job done 

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:30

Hesperis is neither a weed nor a killer.

Someone is having you on I think. 

Sheps Greenhouse thread

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:38

Your Toms weren't there when I posted Sheps but, yes, they look super - well done you


What's this flower/plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:22

Looks rather too "papery" to be Agapanthus.  An allium of some description ?

English Oak in a small garden

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:15

That's a shame but you are right to think about it's future.

You can keep it in a large container for several years which will naturally stunt it's growth but if you are unable to plant it eventually, that is all you will have to enjoy.  Not quite the majestic tree you associate with the English Oak but if that is the best you are able to do, then go ahead and keep it confined to a container as long as possible.

Has anyone had experience with these online nurseries?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 18:03

There is a long running thread on this forum "the good guys" that gives info on many different suppliers.

If you use the Search facility, you should be able to pick it up easily

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