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Native mixed hedge against a fence?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:53
You will also need room between the fence and the hedge to cut it. The neighbour would be within his rights to refuse to let you do anything to the fence so you can get at the hedge.

John Innes Homebase lies perhaps

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:41
Maybe they have added some John Innes no. 1, 2 or 3. This is to fool (?) you that the multi-purpose is better than it is.

John Innes is a formula that is used to make up soil for specific potting purposes.

No, they are not lying, one hopes.

Potato flowers

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:34
Edd, they will grow and you will end up with potato plants all over the garden. You may want that, but they may be a reservoir of disease.

Strawberries - safe to pot up?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:27
In a perfect world you should not crop straws in their first year. Their best year is their third year then you discard them.

Your idea will cut your yield dramatically. But you can root the runners straight into pots by pegging them down into the pots. Then they are all ready to plant out in the Autumn, and you can cut off and remove the old plants as soon as the new plants have adequate roots of their own.

Grey Squirrel

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:14
Greys are destroyers of young trees.

They need their ears cleaned out with lead.

Late Potatoes

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 00:12
Most garden shops will sell packets of suitable seed potatoes. Maybe a bit later. People grow them for Christmas. All the catalogues/websites will have them

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!

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