Latest posts by Welshonion

Potato flowers

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:09
There are always some tiny ones, in my experience.

Make sure you remove even the tiniest ones from the soil or they will grow next year as 'volunteers'. I usually squash them flat and make sure they don't remain in the soil, or get in the compost heap.


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:05
Did you ensure the runners were growing well on their own roots before you cut them adrift? It sounds as though you cut them off too soon.

green zebra heirloom tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 22:15
Take out the side shoots which are between the stem and the leaves.

Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 15:11
The seeds in opened foil packets will start to deteriorate as soon as they are opened, even if you fold the packets carefully.

Some seeds will not keep from year to year anyway.

Some seeds are viable for years and years. Eg tomatoes and lettuce to give just two.

I don't think your choice of container made any difference; but the temperature will. Keep seeds cool, in the fridge if possible.

Some of the most well-known companies have the poorest germination rates in my experience. Beware of catalogues with highly-coloured pictures!

irrigation question

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 15:00
Christine, it is difficult to address your question fully.
a We are mostly in the UK not California
b I do not have an extensive orchard
c I do not rely on well water
d We do not have a drought at the moment in the UK
e I am not conversant with the volume of water you expect to apply to each tree
f I do not know the volume of water each tree would require.

Spring Onions

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:52
Leave them in the ground and harvest them when you need them.

Late Potatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:51
Having tried late summer/Autumn planted potatoes I won't try it again as they all got blight.

Unexpected tomatoes

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:49
I understand sewage farms grow a good crop of tomatoes every year if given the chance. The seeds are not destroyed by their travels through the compost heap or the human gut!

irrigation question

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 00:46
Are you in the USA? If you are using the well for human irrigation, that must be your first priority. We are in the UK, we rarely run out of water.

ants under huge pots

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 00:43
Nutcutlet, where did I suggest putting boiling water ON the plant. I'm sure Heather is intelligent enough to pour it at the base of the immovable pots. It is an organic method; no chemicals involved.

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