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Latest posts by Welshonion

Dying Sedge

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 09:35

Because the original plant may have used up all the nutrients, or most of them.

Prunus Amanogawa

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 09:32

Before you buy it, do a bit of research and find out how big it will be in, say, five years, and you may think again.

Not sure why you will have room for it in the future, but not now. It will not be happy in a pot.

Hornbeam Hedge

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:10

Don't forget to bury the bottom of the fence.  And get yourself a good terrier or gun!  Or both.

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 00:11

One newbie mistake is not realising that decking needs a coat of preservative every year.  The suppliers say it has been treated for rot, but they exaggerate!!

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:55

It is called a diverter because it diverts water into the butt, and if it is set up correctly when the butt is full the water is diverted into the downpipe.  This will not affect the decking in any way.

Kill Grass and Weeds

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 17:56

Yes, but you will be hard pushed to buy it without a brand name.

Talkback: Buying seed potatoes

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 15:30

Chit them in the light, in a cool place, then they will grow short strong shoots.  If they are kept in the dark they will grow long and lanky and get knocked off easily.

They won't all come together as you can leave them in the ground until you need them.  But you won't be able to resist digging them up and eating them with lashings of butter!

If you are a beginner it is actually easier to leave maincrop to the professionals and concentrate on wonderful earlies and second earlies.  Maincrop are in the soil so long and are prey to horrors like blight.

The main object of chitting is to get the potatoes off to a head-start when it is still too cold to put them in the garden.  Good Friday used to be a traditional day for planting.

Can you pile on a potato plant that's 20inches high?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 15:21

Mel, the main reason for earthing up is to make sure the potatoes are covered so they don't go green if they are exposed to the light.  

When they are in a garden it also allows the sun to warm up the potatoes when it shines on the sides of the earthing-up.  It also directs the rain water down to the roots/potatoes.

Although it does work, it is not the best idea to grow potatoes from sprouting potatoes you bought from the supermarket.  They may carry all sorts of nasties which may show themselves if they do not have a regular dose of pesticide or herbicide which amateur gardeners would not want to apply..

As a rough guide, you will have usable potatoes when the plant flowers. Though not every variety does flower.

Conquer your dislike of spiders (you really are bigger than them) and get the plants out into good light as soon as you can, but make sure they do not get frosted.

 Cover them with a sheet of newspaper overnight if frost is threatened.

Good luck.

grass and weeds under fence

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 00:24

Go along the bottom of the fence with Glyphosate.

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:07

We get a lot of rain in West Wales!!


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