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Potatoes

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:31

Depends when you planted the spuds out but Charlotte, I think are 1st earlies.

1st earlies are ready for harvest 10 wks after planting out. 2nd earlies 13wks and maincrop 15 to 20wks. It's not an exact science though, if you planted out early and the spuds were hit with a frost this could slow their growth down, by up to 2wks.

Spuds are ready when they have flowered and the foliage starts to die back. Harvesting earlier means the spuds are likely to be smaller and harvesting later a little bigger. 

2nd earlies skins will harden if left in the ground making them better to store although maincrop are the one's usually grown for storage over winter.      

Seaweed Feed

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:11

Depends how strong the mix is as to how much to water it down by. It's not an exact science though. To make, I fill three carry bags, tie the tops and pierce the bags before submerging in an old bin 1/2 to 3/4 full and replace the lid.

6 wks later it's ready to bottle up, which is the smelly bit. I use litre milk cartons to store it in. Add half a litre to a full watering can and feed plants weekly.  Flowers and veg love it.

Regarding storage. I try to use it in the same season it was made but was using last years brew in April and May with no adverse affects.    

ALLOTMENT SECURITY

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:47

Sorry to hear about the break in.

I tend not to keep anything of value in my sheds and everything is stored in wooden fruit crates which can be obtained free. Most of the tools are quite old so there's no lock on the door. A lock can often invite thieves in believing there's something of value inside to steal.     

I'd advise not to keep anything of value in there, if you do post code  it and take the lock off the door, if they come again at least you won't have the lock and damaged door to replace and put a note on the door saying 'nothing worth stealing, you've already stolen it'!  

What are you sowing now?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:12

I use a plastic GH at this time of year to sow seeds in. It's open during the day and closed at night   

It could be too late now but a couple of weeks ago I sowed beetroot, chad, kohl, swede and radish.  Mooli can be sown now for an autumn crop.

Srawberry seeds, Foxglove, Bellis, Sweet William, Wall Flower and Holly Hock can be sown now for next year.

Potatoes

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 23:50

...was thinking of delving into a bag of spuds to see what was there myself, but will wait until July....there's been no blight alerts this year...and my spuds are looking really lush on top... 

...sounds like you are enjoying your's early.....    

Odd looking plant

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 22:57

LOL

Making a wormery...

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 22:48

Googled it and yes it was a Bokashi compost bin.

Also checked out 'freebi composting' for Lancashire, they lost the funding for compost bins years ago so don't suppose the offer of a cheap Bokashi compost bin is still available, the one I saw was less than £20 and the one's checked out this evening on line are £50 plus...this is where my principles of recycling leave me...

...back to the original plan of a home made wormery...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 22:13

Warm and sunny here in the NW.

Gave the pots a good watering this evening and picked some strawberries.  

Making a wormery...

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 21:52

Can't find the site this evening, think it started with a B or D, it could have been  Japanses sounding. I usually put sites in favourites if I'm gonna go back but didn't with this one

Strawberry feeding

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 00:52

Unless growing stawberries in pots I tend to leave mine. They get a good mulch in the spring and watered when it hasn't rained for a few days, with any brown or yellowing leaves taken off daily.

I've been eating forced strawberries since the beginning of June and the one's in pots are begining to fruit with a watering, when we've had a hot warm day. strawberries in pots need be fed once a week when they start to flower and are happy with tomato feed.  

Hope you enjoy your strawberries, taste so much better with cream...

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