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turning air into soluble nitrate to feed garden??

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 23:15

Marketing drivel, that's all.

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 10:41

Nothing will grow under rhododendrons. Are you thinking of planting in front of the rhodos instead? You can prune back the rhodos very severely to free up some more space. Do you know which rhododendron you have?

Chilean Potato Plant

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 16:54

You are pruning it too hard. Cutting it hard back every year is likely to kill it. The usual method of removing no more than one third of the old stems every year is the recommended technique. Your feeding technique may also be a contributing factor - too much feeding or the wrong feed may encourage the plant to just make green growth.

Potato problem

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 12:56

Yes, just peel them. The flesh will be fine underneath the skin.

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.

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Problem viewing on Android tablet

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Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

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