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We've been harvesting potatoes. After the dreaded potato blight hit the rows of potatoes I was quick to employ my son to cut off and rake up all the haulms.Although we couldn't lift the tubers immediately and we had a lot of rain, when we did lift
were filling in large holes! We raked fine sandy soil over the damaged areas, so hopefully the grass will soon grow back. The deeper holes were filled in and reseeded, and then raked over. It was nearly dark by the time we finished, and the lawn (as
be replacing the squash plants, applying more nematodes to the ground and then presumably raking up the once gorgeous azalea blooms. Please, someone, when do we get the summery weather?
, I've bought them from seed catalogues or other garden centre brands and one bag of them filled a large seed tray. This is no longer the case. The spuds are now only available in 2.5kg bags but there is still not enough of them to fill my trays. What
as the seedlings are not attacked by slugs. Last year this was a real problem, and many of my young vegetable plants were lost to slugs and snails.When sowing seeds outdoors, it's important to prepare the soil well, fork it to a fine tilth and rake it level
then run the mower up and down to collect them (thanks by the way, to my son Luke, 11, for taking the photo). The great thing about using a mower rather than simply raking them up is that they get chopped up in the process. I remember the late Geoff
queen wasp making a nest in the shed. Much as I like wasps, and no matter how long I bang on about them being 'the gardener's friends' - helpful, interesting and attractive - I can't have a nest of 10 thousand of them guarding the rakes and spades