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by Elderflower
Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato rotation problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Re: Potato rotation problem

Thank you - I`ll be careful and risk it next year but I might have to look at my planting plans more carefully in future.
by Elderflower
Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato rotation problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Re: Potato rotation problem

No Tony, I didn`t know what the main problem was. That`s the trouble with rules sometimes. The 'why' isn`t always obvious.
So thanks - I`ve had no blight at all but I`ll take extra care to get every tiny tuber out of the ground in the bit of the plot that`s overlapping.
by Elderflower
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato rotation problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1745

Potato rotation problem

I do try with crop rotation - not always successfully by the book. However, I have a problem with potatoes. Over a third of my plot is taken up with potatoes and a third with legumes, brassicas, onions/leeks etc and the rest with the permanent beds - strawberries, other fruit and asparagus. This mak...
by Elderflower
Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Chitting
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

Re: Chitting

Thank you Mike. They`re all in now and I`ll look forward to them whenever they arrive. :)
by Elderflower
Sun Apr 03, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Chitting
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

Re: Chitting

Oh yes - I never thought of that. Thanks for your advice! :)
by Elderflower
Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Chitting
Replies: 4
Views: 2067

Chitting

I posted this in the 'seed potato' thread but perhaps it would be better here. My seed potatoes have only just been delivered and I `ve put them to chit. The chap on 'Gardeners` World' said they should be going in now but they haven`t really sprouted yet. Is it best to chit and be a bit late or put ...
by Elderflower
Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Backsaver spade.
Replies: 5
Views: 3040

Backsaver spade.

My husband bought me one of those 'backsaver' spades with a spring that flings the soil forward.
I was very dubious but it`s been great! I can dig 5 or 6 rows with no back pain at all - with my ordinary spade I can`t do more than one row.
Big success! :D
by Elderflower
Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Seed Potatos
Replies: 7
Views: 1242

Re: Seed Potatos

My seed potatoes have only just been delivered and I`ve put them to chit. Is it best to plant them early even if the sprouts are undeveloped or leave them for a week or so when they`re bigger?
(Lady Christl & RedDuke of York)
by Elderflower
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:29 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Have bean's been more forgiving in 2010?
Replies: 9
Views: 1847

Re: Have bean's been more forgiving in 2010?

Just what I was thinking. My runner beans were started in root trainers and because of the dry weather (!) and various other reasons were etiolated, leggy and feeble looking when I eventually planted them out. :( I tied the poor things to canes to stop them from just falling down and hoped for the b...
by Elderflower
Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Chard advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 2127

Chard advice?

I`ve grown swiss chard for the first time - the kind with different coloured stems.
Now I don`t know how to cook it!
And do I cook it on the principle that 'young is best' or 'let it mature'.
As you can see, I haven`t a clue.
Help!
by Elderflower
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Arrrgggghhh - or something similar!
Replies: 16
Views: 2650

Re: Arrrgggghhh - or something similar!

Hmmm - worth a try, eh? For the cost of a stamp. :D
by Elderflower
Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Arrrgggghhh - or something similar!
Replies: 16
Views: 2650

Re: Arrrgggghhh - or something similar!

Talking of Christmas -- well, why not? Clearing out a drawer I found an Argos gift card that a cousin sent me the Christmas before last but I mislaid it. :oops: When I tried to spend it at the weekend the assistant said that it had expired! Expired! How can that be? He gave Argos twenty quid to pre-...
by Elderflower
Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:29 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Hens not laying very well
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

Re: Hens not laying very well

I`m not an expert but this does seem a very small number of eggs from 15 healthy hens. I only have two but I`m getting about ten a week from them. Is the run and nest box absolutely secure? Nothing can get in and steal them? They`re not laying in the run somewhere are they? One of mine started to la...
by Elderflower
Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: RHS criticise BBC for dumbing down
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: RHS criticise BBC for dumbing down

And the starry eyed new plot holder on our site who chirped, "Why don`t we get together one day and get rid of all the bindweed on our plots at the same time so we`d be shot of it forever." :D
Yeah, right. :?
Bless her. :)
by Elderflower
Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:04 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Coincidences!!
Replies: 32
Views: 3214

Re: Coincidences!!

I`ll be an ALLIGATOR!
Not fair! Not cute and furry!
Not even a mammal but a cold blooded reptile!
Somewhere in my youth and childhood I must have done something bad!
:twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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