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Potatoes

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 21:49

Now. I'm itching to delve into a bag.

My 1st earlies are Winston and Pentland Javelin, been out since 4th April. Estima and Wilja 2nd earlies and Desire, as main, were planted out mid April. Red Duke of York were the last to be planted out at the beginning of May.

Not tried Winston or Estima before.     

Potatoes

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:04

PR. Yes,some don't always flower, few of mine get to the stage of flowering but I leave them the full term or longer especially 1st and 2nd Earlie's as despite not flowering they do die back and keep longer in compost than in the kitchen.

The large one's are just as tasty, have trust... and you get a better crop 

What are you sowing now?

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 21:02

If you sow your biennials now...

... these are plants which will go out before the first frost, giving them time to develop a root system and be itching to grow in spring... weeks before anything sown on a window ledge in February, March or April......and biennials flower in their second year...I sow them as next years annual bedding plants... 

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:22

Fairygirl.  I've since built my own L shaped free standing trellis, with posts cemented in and a base for the GH. I do go back to the same guy for materials, as he's very reasonable but lesson learnt.

Mr botch it

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 18:01

I arranged for a local garden firm to replace my back fence as seen. It wasn't a case of just replacing the panels, the posts had rotted in the ground which was a job a couldn't do. It turned out I had been at school with the owner of the company, and when we discussed the work to be done,  reminised about our school days.

To cut to the chase. The job was completed whilst I was at work. When I got home, they'd done an excellent job but there was no garden gate, I couldn't believe it, a 2ft wide path ended at the fence, I had to go back indoors and go back out into the garden again to beleive what I was seeing. Then thought, this is a wind- up, so was on the phone to the owner. He couldn't believe it either and thought I was the one winding him up. It took sometime to persuade him otherwise but eventually he agreed to send the men back the following day to rectify the problem.

He was ever so embarrassed when I went to pay for the work the following weekend.           

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 21:29

Gillian. Love the dingy idea. I sometimes drive through a village to work and they have old farm machinery with stuff planted in and around the machinery which changes through the seaons, it's really effective.   

ALLOTMENT SECURITY

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 21:07

A friend of mine had her pots stolen from the front garden, she glued drawing pins to the rim of new pots and then got up one morning to find a broken pot on the path, the thief had come back, but left with sore fingers     

Shame you can't attach to the padlock one of those capsules, which are sometimes attached to clothing in some shops. I'm told they contain a dye which if got on your hands, is impossible to get off. If the police have a suspect, the suspect would be hard pushed to say how the dye got there the day after a break in... just an idea...       

Potatoes

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:34

It's the 1st on Monday , fortunatly I'm away tomorrow and going to a barbie on Sunday.

I've seven bags and a couple of random spud plants. One growing in amongst the beetroot and noticed today, another growing, out of a bag for the tip behind the GH. 

Don't forget to close the door Ww

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 20:20

Rained all day but what a lovely evening, blue skies and wispy white clouds.

The garden certainly needed some rain.  

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.      

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2014 at 21:38

Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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A differnt Q about Lily Beetle...

Want to use the spent compost from lilies grown in pots elsewhere... 
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What do rabbits not eat...

There's an area at the bottom of the plot which will not be enclosed...  
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Clearing brambles...

There were brambles down one side of the allotment... 
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Rabbit's on the allotment and other Q's...

Firstly, advise needed to build a rabbit proof fence. 
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First day on the allotment...

The first day was stopped at half time due to rain...  
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Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 21:15

Strawberry sticks

Has anyone grown these... 
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Last Post: 23/01/2014 at 20:42

New allotment OMG...

I've just signed up for an allotment... 
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Spud fairs...

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to which spuds to grow... 
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Last Post: 24/01/2014 at 20:50

Christmas trees...

Who will be buying a real tree this year... 
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Last Post: 29/11/2013 at 16:18

GH tom bed...

The soil/compost was changed this year...  
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Wild life...

Has anyone been watching Autumnwatch...  
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Last Post: 06/11/2013 at 21:41

Saving bean seeds...

This was a new venture last year... 
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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 20:49

Self seeding foxglove...

I was a tab bit slow in collecting seeds from foxglove...  
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Last Post: 07/10/2013 at 23:12
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