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spuds

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:56

4711, May I recommend you take a trip up to Newcastle Emlyn in Jan/Feb to the Garden Centre where they will have up to 90 varieties in stock and an expert on hand for advice.  You will be able to buy potatoes singly out of sacks if that is what you wish, or in larger quantities.

potatoes varieties

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:51

Might I suggest you go for varieties you can't find in the supermarket.  This year our best earlies (we only grow earlies) have been Nicola and Lord Rosebery (pink skin).

We've also grown International Kidney (aka Jersey Royals) this year.  None of them have gone to mush, though as they are earlies we boil them in their skins.

Seed companies

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:43

Isn't it odd, I find T&M, Suttons, Sarah Raven very shy germinators. Especially for varieties where you get few seeds in a packet.

For veg I go for MoreVeg and The Real Seed Company and the Italian vegetable seeds.  Excellent germination.

Moles

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 16:37

There is an explosive method of destroying moles in UK.  Developed by a Young Farmer I believe.

Only thing is canny farmers like to see the dead bodies before they pay up!

One other method - which I am not advocating, just repeating - is to stand over a mole-hill with a garden fork and thrust the fork into the mole-hill when it heaves.

Moles

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 14:16

Agricultural merchants sell traps.  You will need several, it is no good just setting one.

FIG

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:24

Wrong time of year to feed a fig, and pointless, as it will be losing its leaves any time now.

Figs do much better in the sun.  They are on the edge of their range in this country.  Help them out!

Fig tree

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:19

Do not wrap your fig, it is hardy.  Can't remember if it was in a pot or the ground.

Remove any figlet bigger than a very small pea; it will fall off anyway in the Spring. If it is big enough to be recognisably a fig, remove it.

I wouldn't feed your new lawn, otherwise it will make a lot of lush growth which will be frost-damaged in a month or so.  If you can nip any weeds out now, that's good.  You will be busy enough in the Spring.

Freezing veg

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 02:20

Vast subject.  Methods vary for different veg.  Some are not sucessful.  Much, much better in my experience to eat all you can fresh and leave freezing veg to to the professionals.  I know lots on this board will disagree, but fresh vegetables are never nasty, veg out of the freezer can be.

Tall Raspberries

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 18:51

You can tip the tops - sounds like a cue for a song - if you like, so they are no higher than you can pick comfortably.  They will do fine as they are, just tied in at six foot and the extra height left free.

Small Trees For Privacy

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:35

Is there an arboretum near you where you can go and see some candidates growing?

If you plant a tree that grows higher than their window, they might not be too happy.

Yew is quite fast-growing.  Holly is slow-growing. Privet is fast-growing, evergreen and has blossom which attracts butterflies.

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