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Potatoes in containers very poor yield

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:54

Hi, Fizzer,

You are probably doing nothing wrong, I've found this year some varieties do better in bags than in the ground and probably visa versa.   

I'm growing spuds the other way round this year. Grew them in bags for about 4 yrs and this year in the ground on an allotment.

Red Duke of York have cropped about the same in terms of size and weight although they have not been fed and watered as at home or been planted in multi purpose compost so were cheaper to produce.

Pentlin Javlin were the same, cropped about the same from 10 seed spuds but I got bigger spuds.

Maris Peer, 2nd earlies came into their own and had a bumper crop.

All mine flowered this year and they seldom flowered in bags. Bags at home were fed on seaweed feed and planted in multi purpose compost. I've had no scab this year too, in bags some would get scab but I had no soft spuds in bags and had a few this year with Red Duke of York.       

A plus with bags, you can try different varieties, I ran out of room to plant out the chitted spuds bought at the beginning of the year.  You can also try Christmas spuds in bags.

Tatton Flower Show

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:22

I went on Thursday, it was the first flower I'd been to. It was unbelievably hot but the organisers, me thought, had planned for it and there were lots of places to buy drinks and ice cream. There was also lots of shade to eat a prepared picnic.

It was busy but I didn't feel hasselled as the walkways were wide. I bought a catalogue but didn't really read it until on the coach back home so missed the allotments and we didn't get to the outdoor flower section until late afternoon which I'd liked to have spent more time looking before buying.    

I liked the childrens gardens. We had a very interesting talk given about a school in Manchester who had made a garden. Could have spent the day in the floral tent and country living one but were advised at the information desk to go to these first as they would become too hot in the afternoon.

Good day out...

Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:44

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well established bushes to transplant of gooseberry and currant to the allotment, all except the black currant have been picked and pruned back.

The cuttings are in their second year. I've four established bushes approx 3 to 4 years old and good croppers. Then more bushes on the allotment which were bought and planted out in March this year.

 Can they be transplanted now or would I need to wait till the autumn...

Also the ground isn't prepared and wants digging over but has been covered with black plastic. Whats the best start for newly planted fruit bushes...when I first planted them it was on a wing and a pray...  

Leeks

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:12

Sounds like they have bolted and gone to seed. 

When a leek flowers, it causes the neck or lower stem of the leek to become woody and tough. The leek also become bitter to taste. While you can technically still eat leeks you probably won’t like the flavor.

 

Weeds in the GH....

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:41

I decided to expand and have been given another bigger plot. The attraction was the GH but it's been without glass for sometime. Brambles and horse mares tail was growing inside.

I've dug out the brambles and as much of the nightmares tail roots as possible, covered the beds with muck and covered this with plastic The plan is to reglaze in the spring.

I realise this topic has been done to death but would horsemares tail survive the hot summer temps in a GH...

realseeds

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:57

I've used them after being recommended.

Can't remember what I bought, possibly tom seeds. I liked them because they explain how to save seeds and use the on line site as a source of information.

It's quite easy to save bean, pea's, chillies, peppers, aubergines, toms, cues and courgette seeds if you follow their guide. They provide info on saving other seeds but those are the one's I've tried.

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:19

Some more which don't need a name change -

Mr Bean.

James and the Giant Peach.

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:39

Sometimes you can pick up a bargin and it sounds like yours would have been but for the crossed thread. You take your chances, but nothing lost apart from a trip back to the shop for a refund although annoying when the item wasn't fit for purpose. 

Horticultural Films

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:30

Bindweed - Burn After Weeding...with George Clooney and Brad Pit

The Allotment Diaries..with Leonardo Di Caprio   

Sweetcorn

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:51

Thanks Bob, we live and learn 

Hi, John, you aren't doing anything wrong,  your sweet corn is way ahead of mine. I tried a mini pop variety this year on account it would mature earlier... I don't think so, it's about 3ft-4ft high with no sign of flowers yet.  

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