steephill


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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.

Bare legs on privet hedge

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:58

Brutal pruning is required. Wait until Spring, mid March, then cut the entire hedge down to about 6 inches high. Feed and water to get good growth and within a couple of years it should look good again.

Orec Grh 537 Vs As Motor 531 2 cycle

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:53

Neither brand is common in the UK (although they are available) so the information pool here is likely to be fairly small. Honda engines have a good reputation.

2 stroke engines in garden machinery are normally simple reliable designs but still need proper maintenance. Most problems are fuel related. If the AS engine uses a common brand of carburetor such as Zenith or Zama then spares will be easy to find.

AS also make a version of the 531 with a Briggs & Stratton 4 stroke engine which might make engine spares easier to find.

My grapevine

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:34

Sounds like grape shanking. One cause is overcropping and with over 100 bunches on one vine that sounds like your main problem. That is an awful lot of fruit for one vine to ripen and I would reduce it by 75%. It can be very hard to bring yourself to remove promising fruit but it really is for the best. Start by removing all affected bunches then remove all small bunches. Reduce any overcrowding where bunches are interfering with each other.

Thinning individual bunches improves the quality of fruit and helps prevent disease so is also worth doing at the right time of year.

Old Oak tree - advice re care

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 22:45

First thing to check is if there is a TPO for the tree. That will seriously constrain any work you might be thinking of doing and you need to contact the council before touching the tree. Next thing is what lies under the branches in question - would anyone be in danger if the branch falls.

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