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Message from Cynthia grant

In forum: Allotments

Why are my potatoes not in flower

  • Posted: Wed. 2nd July 2014 18:14

Re: Builders' waste?

Message from Ian McLintock

In forum: General

Digging out works. I use a mattock, but it's hard work and loads to dispose of. Try breaking it up a bit. If there's man made material in it, it's probably builders' waste - not alkaline. If it's waste break it up a bit and add organic matter. If it's sub soil, dig it out or leave it. Could try the My Soil app, which will tell you what type of soil you have. If you think it's limestone, pour some vinegar on a bit. If it fizzes, it's lime. You can use sulphur chips and/or acidic fertilisers to make more acidic, but limited impact and slow. Raised beds usual solution. More positively, I dug my borders out - painful, but it saved going to the gym and worked really well. Or philosophise your way out if it. Lots of vegetables don't need great soil depth and like alkaline conditions, and grow your potatoes in a planter!

  • Posted: Mon. 10th March 2014 19:45

Re: Builders' waste?

Message from Clockhouse Nursery

In forum: General

It might be sensible to do ph soil test kit on that area first to find out if it is lime. Potato plants prefer sandy loam with a ph of about 5.5. If the soil is strongly alkaline you may be better off growing the spuds in the raised beds.

  • Posted: Mon. 10th March 2014 11:00

Builders' waste?

Comment from Jan Jones

In forum: General

We moved into our home just over 2 years ago, so coming into our 3rd summer. The soil is clay, though not really heavy, claggy stuff, but drainage seems to be poor in places. I am gradually developing the garden, including a veg plot which has 2 large raised beds and 2 smaller normal beds, incorporating organic matter as much as possible.
The smaller beds have been used so far for salad veg then tomatoes and beans. For the 3rd rotation I'd planned potatoes, so started double digging to prepare for planting. I hit problems with the last third of the bed, as at about 1 spade's depth there is a layer of what I thought was cement, but now think may be crushed lime. It's quite granular in texture, but also has stones mixed in, ranging in size from around 1" to a few as big as 4".
I'm wondering what's best to do about this - do I try to dig it all out (no idea how deep it goes, but even if only a few inches it'd be quite a job), try to dig it over and just mix it with the clay, removing the stones as much as I can (could this improve drainage?) or just leave it as it is and forget that end of the bed for potatoes? Also if it is lime how much would mixing it in or leaving it in situ affect the acidity of the soil?
Any advice much appreciated!

  • Posted: Mon. 10th March 2014 10:25

Need to know what this monster is

Question from Duane

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi,

I moved into a new house a few months back and there's a bit of a monster in a central position where I'd like to plant some bulbs. I would like some help identifying it before I try to remove. See pictures attached.

It doesn't have any stems/leaves on it at the moment as they died down and I pulled them off. It's got large, potato like roots. red shoots starting to form on the roots and the foliage which has died back seems to have hollow stems... although it could just be rotted. There is a pile of seeds nearby which may or may not be from this plant. They're a little larger than pomegranate seeds and look like small conkers without the lighter patch on top.

If anyone knows what it is I'd appreciate any tips on removal. My plan at the moment is to simply dig around it so I can remove it whole, but I'm concerned it may be one of those plants that regenerates from the tiniest bit of root left behind...

Regards
Duane

  • Posted: Sat. 18th January 2014 11:31

Bunnies Ate my Vine!

Question from Lisa Jolley

In forum: Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'

So, my sweet potato vine was nibbled down to nubs by those rascally rabbits! Will it come back before the season is over?

  • Posted: Tue. 30th July 2013 18:34

Why won't my striped stuffer set fruit?

Question from Barbara Rhodes

In forum: Lycopersicon esculentum 'Striped Stuffer'

This is outdoors, in full sun in a potato bag. Growing well, loads of flowers, no fruits. Not many pollinators around. It has been very hot in West Yorkshire for a few weeks. Couls this be the problem?

Barbara

  • Posted: Mon. 22nd July 2013 12:58

Re: Any idea what this plant is?

Message from Sue Jeffries

In forum: Identify a plant

It's a Solanum aviculare or Kangaroo apple - comes from Australia and New Zealand and can get up to 3.5m tall and 2.5 m across. Hope you've got plenty of space! As it's in the potato family I'd advise you NOT to eat the fruits as they are likely to be poisonous. Just it enjoy looking at it!

  • Posted: Mon. 8th July 2013 17:41

Potatoes

General post from Christine Jones

In forum: Solanum tuberosum 'Anya'

I am completely new to veg growing. I have some potatoes in containers on the patio. (Here are some very simple questions from a complete novice, please reply in the simplest terms, I need step by step instructions) They seem to be growing very well and are just beginning to flower. Do I let the flowers go to seed? or do I deadhead? When do I harvest? Thanks

  • Posted: Sun. 30th June 2013 17:26

help any ideas for a problem area

Question from Adam Byrne

In forum: New to gardening

I have area in my garden that is a bit of a mess. full of weeds in bare earth (fairly heavy and moist but drys out a lot in dry times). No matter how much i spray with weed killer i cant control it. The area is shaded by 3 apple trees but does get a fair amount of sun early on (its facing east so catches sun in the morning to about 3pm on a good day) I did put two raised beds in the shadiest part of the area last year and grew carrots, courgettes, peas, lettuce, parsnips and cabbages> I also planted potatoes in the bare earth and had some success despite it flooding (see picture). I would like some suggestions for things that would provide colour throughout the year and attract some wild life. also howt o prepare the area

  • Posted: Thu. 6th June 2013 22:31

suggestions please

Tip from Adam Byrne

In forum: Garden design

I have area in my garden that is a bit of a mess. full of weeds in bare earth (fairly heavy and moist but drys out a lot in dry times). No matter how much i spray with weed killer i cant control it. The area is shaded by 3 apple trees but does get a fair amount of sun early on (its facing east so catches sun in the morning to about 3pm on a good day) I did put two raised beds in the shadiest part of the area last year and grew carrots, courgettes, peas, lettuce, parsnips and cabbages> I also planted potatoes in the bare earth and had some success despite it flooding (see picture). I would like some suggestions for things that would provide colour throughout the year and attract some wild life. also howt o prepare the area

  • Posted: Tue. 21st May 2013 20:46

Re: Onions

Message from Aron

In forum: Edible gardening

I am new to this forum, one of those people who are taking baby steps to start a vegetable garden. This topic is particularly interesting to me, as I am planning to grow onions, tomatoes and potatoes as my first experiment.

  • Posted: Thu. 11th April 2013 05:24

Is it possible to add plant varieties to the plant list?

Question from Pedro

In forum: Identify a plant

I have just planted 2 varieties of seed potatoes, however I've searched the plant list on this site and they don't seem to be listed. Is it possible to add them.
They are 'Eden' & 'Mandola' potatoes.
While adding these potatoes to the list would be nice, this question does cover other plants I have in the garden which are not listed as well.

  • Posted: Sat. 6th April 2013 21:42

Is it possible to add plant varieties to the plant list?

Question from Pedro

In forum: Identify a plant

I have just planted 2 varieties of seed potatoes, however I've searched the plant list on this site and they don't seem to be listed. Is it possible to add them.
They are 'Eden' & 'Mandola' potatoes.
While adding these potatoes to the list would be nice, this question does cover other plants I have in the garden which are not listed as well.

  • Posted: Sat. 6th April 2013 21:42

Re: Re-using compost

Message from Trish Scott

In forum: Container gardening

I have a container garden on a roof terrace 6 floors up in a city centre, so getting rid of used compost was a pain to say the least. Last year I created some compost bins using the old compost layered with plant vegetation, household stuff like veg peelings, egg shells etc ,and paper/cardboard. I kept the bins moist and covered and stirred occasionally and 9 months later I had perfect compost that produced wonderful new potatoes for Christmas. I have started the same again this year. In some tubs though I have left them half full of old compost then added chicken manure pellets to that and topped up with new compost, and that has worked fine for spinach, carrots and flowers.

  • Posted: Mon. 25th March 2013 12:40

Re: Re: Onions

Message from Ian Betteridge

In forum: Edible gardening

I haven't tried onion sets but I may attempt to as the seeds were a washout. I thought if you left a full onion, let it goes past its best it would start to sprout, almost how potatoes.

  • Posted: Sun. 25th November 2012 12:16

Re: lifted my cara potatoes

Message from Nicola

In forum: Edible gardening

Thanks for sharing this with us Stephen. Can you please add your comment to the Potato 'Cara' page. Click the Ask Us tab and add your useful comment.

We need to change the tab name to Discuss which is more accurate... that way when others research this potato they will find your comment linked to it. Thanks Nicola

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd August 2012 10:08

lifted my cara potatoes

General post from stephen byrne

In forum: Edible gardening

Lifted my Cara potatoes at the weekend following on
from my lovely Epicure crop.
Just have to say the yield is excellent and the flavour from
the Cara potato is wonderfull .

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd August 2012 09:22

Re: Re: When can I harvest my premiere potatoes

Message from Chris Wragg

In forum: Solanum tuberosum 'Premiere'

Hi thanks for the reply, I've been using enriched compost and first added chicken manure as fertilizer and then bought a nitrogen fertilizer to assist with their growing and topping up with the compost.

  • Posted: Wed. 13th June 2012 08:36

Re: When can I harvest my premiere potatoes

Message from Christopher Moss

In forum: Solanum tuberosum 'Premiere'

Hi, this is only my second year of potatoes but, i would say to check your frost ones over the next few weeks i think those ones are dead and would be very surprised if you get anything growing from them you can eat. If still no change bin.
It all depends how much you want. I pulled mine up early last year still had some decent size potatoes and smaller ones this year i am going to wait till they flower before pulling.
A quick question have you been topping them up with compost or mud as they grow?

  • Posted: Wed. 13th June 2012 07:53