Pottie Pam

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Problems with my Spuds

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:02

Hi Mark,

I saw the first signs of blight on my early potatoes about ten days ago. Apparently it's striking early this year. It was just a few blotches on the leaves on mine.

I did as Dove said on cut all the leaves down to the ground and burnt the leaves. My family and I are eating the potaoes as fast as possible before the blight gets down into them but luckily there's a decent crop and they taste delicious.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:50

Hi Dove,

The potatoes range from egg size downwards.


Must get up now. Does anyone else lie in bed reading the posts on here and plan the gardening day according to what they read?


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 08:05

Good morning all,

I think the birds think the garden belongs to them Fairygirl, but I suppose it does really. The baby blackbirds make such a fuss when I'm near the redcurrants.

I had my first meal with my new potatoes yesterday,lovely, but they are showing the first signs of blight. I've picked the few leaves off with the black spots on but the tops are so lush and have flopped over so  I think the blight will win. The advice is to cut the tops off but should I do this now when there is only the odd  spot on the leaves or wait. The variety is PentlandJavelin. Can I ask your thoughts, Dove, please? 


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 08:18

Did I read that plants twine one way in the northern Hemisphere and the opposite way in the Southern Hemisphere? The same with water going down a plughole. It swirls down in different directions depending  on where you live. Don't know what happens at the Equator though.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 07:58

Good morning,

Beautiful day again. Hopefully it will last over the weekend for those who are off to the saltmines today.

I thought the same as Bizzy too. (the BB with the manservant?) He upset some members of the site so much they left and set up their own site. He must be a sad lonely person to get his kicks this way.

What have you learnt this year in the garden?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 07:29

I've learned not to be tempted by the '3 for £10' multi purpose compost and to buy a good quality seed compost next year.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:04

Wow, they are amazing,Dove. I wonder if they are left outside in the winter?

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 07:35

I grew some from seed last year and over wintered in GH but still no sign of flowers but I will follow Fidget's advice.

Years ago, maybe 20 or more, there was a lovely specimen growing in a very shelterd area of St Ives in Cornwall. It must have been at least 15 feet high, covered in flowers. The local teenagers found out about it's properties and the owners reluctantly cut it down.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:29

Hello Nanamaz and Runnybeak. (lovely names)

I posted this photo of a hummingbird hawk moth on the wildlife forum. It's not very clear as they fly so fast and I'm a rubbish photographer. It's between the two white sweet rocket flowers on the left. It's the second one I've seen this year so might be a good year for them.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 16:18

I just managed to take this shot of the hummingbird hawk moth this afternoon. Not very clear I'm afraid, they flit from flower to flower so quickly. It's between the two white sweet rocket flowers on the left. It might be a good year for them as I don't think I've seen one so early.

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