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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 14:43

Hi 2 Wheel,

Thanks for the advice- much appreciated.

when you say you take the slips off, does this mean you snap/ peel the sprouting bits off?

I guess it's a bit late now, but I'll give them a bit of pretection and keep fingers crossed.



Posted: 16/08/2013 at 14:03


Unfortunately I missed the boat to buy sweet potato slips and it's now too late, however, there is a sweet potato lurking at the back of my veg basket which has started sprouting. I will pop it in a big pot or half a sack of compost and see what happens, but just having red how they're sold (slips taken from cuttings) I’m not sure this is going to work, but will give it a go anyway.

Do any of you grow sweet potatoes and have any advice or suggestions about this?

Many thanks



Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 22:45

thank you, just wasn't sure if i should leave them on or dead head. will DH some and save the head for later feeding, and leave a few on for now.

Many thanks folks

Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:36


I'm growing a small variety of sunfower ( I wonderd if i should leave the flower heads on when they've gone over for the birds, although the centre seems slightly furry, not seedy like the traditional big yellow sunflowers. Do i just need to eave them longer or shall i dead head them? Not sure if all varieties of sunflower produce seed that can be left for teh birds to feed on.

Raspberry problems

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:44

I have raspberries on the verge of ripeness as well as others no way near- still tiny, tight little green things...and yes, early on they do look a bit grey. There are summer and autumn (later summer) fruiting, all ripening at different times.  water well occasionally rather than little and often and enjoy once they're ripe and ready, they will be before too long- but make sure the birds and squirrels don't get there first!

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:06

Many thanks for your advice

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Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:04

I've got two small flowers. Just opened within the last few days

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:33

PS- am in south london so relatively protected, albeit on clay soil

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 21:32

As a new allotmenteer, I am determined that as well as fruit & veg I will have an area for cut flowers/ foilage/ cutting for indoor interest.

What can you suggest I could sow from seed or plant bulbs/corms etc over the coming months for autumn and winter interest?



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:36

I've noticed wild rocket coming p again and again each year, delighted by this perennial salad crop until i tasted it! So hot and peppery I thought I'd mistaken rocket for something poisonous!

My advice- taste it- if it;s good to use, then you're blessed, if not, compost it.

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composting packaging- green wotsits?

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fruit cage advice please

which fruit cage 
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Bookmarking threads

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planted tulips now, is this OK?

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Planting garlic

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What's been eating my shrubs?

semi circular nibbles out of leaves 
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Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Are all varieties of sunflower useful as a bird feed 
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what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

cutting garden suggestions for the allotment 
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bargain seed potatoes

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to pinch out or not

which plants need pinching out apart from sweet pea? 
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Is it Ok to keep picking rhubarb

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Lavender from seed

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what feed?

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weed or plant ID help needed

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