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Crazy fungus

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:54

Looks like a bay bolete but there are several similar boletes. Even though it looks a bit weird when it goes blue when bruised the bay bolete is edible.

potato scab

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:23

Are you growing them in the same spot every year or rotating with other crops?

One cause of scab is said to be dry conditions during the first few weeks of green growth. However it sounds like scab is now endemic in your soil and you may have to avoid growing spuds for several years.

Rhododendron problem

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 09:03

I think Nemasys only affects the grubs which attack the roots rather than the adults which attack the leaves. I would recommend using it to stop the next generation but you may have to hunt down the adults by hand.

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:47

I had slow worms and a grass snake in one of my bins last year. The grass snake burrowed in very quickly when the lid was lifted but the slow worms are, well, slow to react. As soon as one of them moves though they all move pretty smartly. I still add material to the bins and the slow worms haven't moved out.

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:27

Grew Charlotte this year but didn't water at all mainly because of a long holiday just when they needed it most. Soil is bone dry now during harvesting.  Result is lots of scab and a small crop but they taste just fine after cleaning up. I also planted a broad bean plant on top of each spud so have ended up harvesting late while waiting for the beans to finish.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:15

2 weeks old?  I would send them to the compost bin.

Grapevine

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:02

A simple bit of pruning you can do now is to count two leaves beyond each grape bunch and prune there. That will concentrate the vine's energy on the fruit as well as tidy it up. Towards the end of the month remove any leaves which are shading the bunches to help them ripen.

Shed of the year

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 12:37

Results are a mystery to me too. That video shed the other week was bottom of my list, just a cheap house extension.

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:17

Useful info here www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/mirabelle-trees particularly that they are only partially self fertile.

I have just harvested from my cherry plum which took years to begin fruiting. It flowers very early in the year, usually before my Victoria plum trees. 

spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:39

Another tip is to bring the spuds to the boil then switch off the heat and leave with the lid on for 20 minutes.

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