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Potato Scab

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:57

Scab is worse when the soil is too dry, not too wet. That is what was said on Beechgrove too.

Eating weeds

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 11:30

I have a patch of Gaultheria shallon which is horribly invasive and to me a weed. However it does have interesting blue-blackberries which apparently are edible. So I harvested these yesterday and made some jelly from them. From 700g of berries (about two pints) I got about 400g of juice which I added to 250g sugar to get about 500g of jelly. The jelly is very sweet and intensely flavoured (in a good way!).

Apparently the berries are high in pectin so I could probably have used less sugar. I have also read that the berries and jam/jelly made from them are efficient appetite suppresors. Now who would have imagined jam being part of a diet .

Anyone else make culinary use of their weeds?

africa-runner-beans

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 10:44

Have a look at some of the recommendations for the hotter Southern US states - Aparagus beans also known as yardlong beans seem to do well with high heat and humidity. Lima beans (butter beans) might also work.

free-hedge-trimmer-

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:27

Have a look at the fuel filter before you get rid of it. It is probably a small porous stone type on the end of the supply pipe inside the fuel tank. It will likely be blocked with gum from the fuel. These are very cheap to buy and easy to fit.

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:23

I run a lot of drippers off a single pressure reducer. I feed several hanging baskets 6 large pots and over a dozen drippers in the greenhouse. 

Try turning off the first two drippers so that the only open one is your end dripper. That may be enough to force the flow through.

Are all your drippers at the same height?

water-butt-location-problem

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 22:38

Distance doesn't matter, the important thing is getting levels right. Just use garden hose to connect butts together. Make sure that the full level is the same height for all.

africa-runner-beans

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 11:35

You might have the wrong climate for runner beans, they don't like it too hot and will not fruit if it is too hot. For example they won't thrive in a greenhouse in the UK. Although they originate from a similar latitude to Sierra Leone (Central America) they come from the mountains where it is cooler. What are your daily high and low temperatures?

bees-dying-in-garden-

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:22

It is a cuckoo bee. Very interesting creatures but not if you are a bumble bee. All part of life though.

garden-sifter

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 00:00

Sounds way too expensive for most people. And it looks a bit small for pro work. Have a look on YouTube for lots of other diy examples using electric saws and all sorts of other motors.

best-potato-to-grow

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:49

In the past few years I have enjoyed growing my own International Kidney (Jersey Royal), Red Duke of York, Arran Pilot, Kestrel and Charlotte. Lots of useful info here http://how-to-grow-potatoes.co.uk/

 

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