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Posted: Today at 06:51
Let them go to seed Amilee and you'll never be without them. You can either collect the seed and dry for sowing next spring, or just leave to seed where they are - you may even get some new plants emerging this year.

What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

Posted: Today at 06:41
She is very cute - and a keen gardener too! Well, good at digging anyway!

potato blight - please help!

Posted: Today at 06:40
Mine haven't turned out to be too bad in the end. The charlottes were pretty much all fine and delicious (all eaten now).
I cut back the foliage on the mains a few weeks ago and dug some up yesterday - about 10% were damaged but the rest seem fine and a good size considering it is early. I don't expect them to store well but hey ho, could have been worse.
Also, I have the biggest runner bean crop in the world so that makes up for it!

What do you do with baby foxgloves and lupins?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:49
Just a thought Tootle. I grow biennial foxgloves every year from seed and I keep them in largish pots (9"ish), outside through winter until the following spring when I plant them out. As long as they are kept watered they are always successful and this is helpful if you're not sure at the moment where you want to plant them. Just remember to keep the pots labelled as they die back and you might forget what they are.

Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 21:50
We live in Cornwall and have definitely noticed a big reduction in insects, despite growing lots of nectar rich plants. Butterflies are particuarly scarce. Not sure why but it is worrying.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:22
Probably no need to put in water in that case. Yes will be fine in the greenhouse- needs to be warm but not really hot.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:05
You just need to make sure that the cutting is kept moist, so if taking from plant to pot I usually put it in a jar of water until I plant it but only for a very short time.
The plastic bag (clear) goes over the cutting when planted in the pot after watering, use an elastic band around the pot to hold the bag. Keep in a greenhouse or window sill and remove the bag twice a week for just 10 mins to let it breathe and water if necessary as it needs to be kept moist. You can remove the bag when the cutting takes root.
Others may do it differently but that method seems to work for me.

Herbs from Seeds

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:32
Basil and coriander can be sown pretty much all year round, as long as you can keep them warm once established.

Potato blight?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:21
Hi Vaila
I too thought that I had blight a few weeks ago and I'm still not sure. The foliage went brown and withered but the spuds (charlottes) were fine and they still are. My mains have also got brown leaves so I have cut it back and will know in a couple of weeks if they are ok.
There have been alot of reports of blight this year, particuarly in the south west where I am as it has been damp and warm. Where abouts are you?

tatty toms

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:04
Great advice, thank you Dove
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