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Sweet potato

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:39

BizzieB........having just gone up to my allotment this pm whilst it was blowing a gale, I'm also having a re think about cloches for Sweet Pots.  Only having the plot this April, I haven't been aware of the wind factor until recently.......only 5 mins walk away but more open than my garden.  So, time for a re think

Tree..........."that's the plan anyway"........mice and men, etc. ?   But sounds reasonable.  Did you see how Bob's vines spread ?

Sweet potato

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:01

Bumping for Treehugger

sweet potato

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 14:00

Tree..........there is a Sweet Potato thread I started some time ago which may be worth looking at.  I'll bump it up for you

Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 19:13

Poor Peter..........he only wanted a gardener

Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 19:10

Dorset.......I am actually quite interested in cattle and wouldn't call anyone looking after them "thick".  I'm just not too sure about the "Oi PS2". 

Fast growing hedging

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Unless you plan to expend an enormous amount of money for that length, you may find it difficult to plant a hedge which will give you privacy and security in the short term.

Leylandii would do what you want I suppose but will offer a fairly boring and high maintenance solution.

Perhaps look at a mix of evergreen and deciduous, something for the wildlife perhaps, native trees, etc.  Could be that now would be a good time to purchase bare root trees ( several nurseries do these )  but these will take time to establish.

A mix of Purple and Green Beech would perhaps be ideal for your needs but they are not particularly quick growing.

I'm sure someone else may have some ideas for you


Fuchsias winter to do

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:42 can either leave them over winter and cut back in early Spring or you can cut back now. Spring seems to work with mine.  Depends on the weather tho and where you are.  If you do them now, use the bits for cuttings as a failsafe

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 18:32

When ? Just roughly.....don't need to be exact ( tho it would certainly help ).

Not particularly cold here.....just wet ( so I'm getting quite a bit of gardening done but a bit of sun would be nice  ).

Lemon Tree success

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 17:58

BMum.........depends where you live.  Mature citrus will take some frost (you may get tip damage but that's not a real problem ) but they really don't like the wet and cold combined.  Don't know that I'd be willing to pay £500 tho 

Artjac..........I've just taken some cuttings of mine ( variety "Quatre Saisons" ) so if any good, you could always have one ( you might have to way a bit for the fruit tho ! )

Free Holiday in the Dordogne France

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 18:42

DorsetUK......Oops.... sorry............I either expressed myself badly or you misunderstood.  I was certainly not implying that a  degree of any sort  precluded an ability to work hard.

I asked, perfectly innocently, whether the OU did Practical Gardening courses they ?

I simply meant that the OP would perhaps be better looking to the Horticultural Colleges and giving someone a chance to gain actual work experience ( tho I still think employing someone local to the area if possible would be more sensible ).

As to the 140 Dairy Cattle.......I get your point but the OP doesn't mention having cattle so it really doesn't come into it.

Sorry if I upset you.....certainly wasn't intended and I still hope you don't get too sea sick on Sunday

SGLilly.........not sure what you meant by a "bit harsh" ?  Seems as if the dark wet days are getting to all of us

Sorry again to those I inadvertently upset


Discussions started by philippa smith2

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What do the various abbrevations mean and are we talking about the same thing ? 
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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Recommended varieties

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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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