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Does piling up potatoes make that much difference?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:09

Baby potatoes, as sold in the supermarket, are just the little potatoes that in years past would have been graded out.  They are not a special kind that only grow to baby-size.  The supermarkets have just exploited a liking for small potatoes.

Go to any garden centre at this time of year and you will find many kinds of different potatoes.  But as seed potatoes have been on sale generally since January you may find the choice is limited.

You will find seed potatoes that are specifically recommended for roasties. The ones you are growing appear to be salad potatoes though I can't see the variety.

Lichen on Gooseberry bushes.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:37

Phillipa, I realised that as soon as I posted.  As lichen takes quite a long time to grow I think the problem with the gooseberry is that a pruning regime has been neglected, but if started this year all will be well!

Figs tree and fruit from last year

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:28

That fig is rather small for its age.  Do you think the pot is big enough, and are you feeding the fig enough?

Re Alan's advice, I think you will find this year's fruit is in the leaf axils at the tip of the branches, so if you pinch them out you certainly won't get any fruit this year.

The time to pinch out shoots is before mid-summers day when you pinch out shoots beyond three or four leaves.

Strawberry beds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 16:01

Sounds like quackery to me!

Strawberry beds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:01

Do you really eat egg shells, Edd?  Are they an acquired taste?

Lichen on Gooseberry bushes.

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 09:36

If you look more closely at the photo it says 'lichen on blackthorn' so it isn't on gooseberry bushes.

It can be expected on blackthorn as they are long-lived trees.


Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:08

A chunk of barley straw will kill it.  You can buy it expensively in garden centres, or if you can get it from a friendly farmer you can stuff it in a pair of tights with some stones to weigh it down and place in the pond.

Fig Tree

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:00

If the fig's roots are not restricted in some way if they are in good soil you will get lots of growth and few fruit.  

The trick with fruit trees is to make them think they might, just might, die, then they produce fruit to propagate themselves.

Lichen on Gooseberry bushes.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:57

It may denote clean air, but if it remains on the branches it will harm them as they rarely get a chance to dry out properly.

mascaraed rose

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 15:56

Masquerade might find you more suppliers.

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