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by KG Tony
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best First Early Potatoes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1689

Re: Best First Early Potatoes?

I've just been harvesting some Catriona (second early) that I grew in bags in the polytunnel. A nice looking potato (if that's not too weird a thing to say); quite tasty.

I only ever put one seed potato in a bag and get decent yields generally.
by KG Tony
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: My First Xmas Present
Replies: 23
Views: 3429

Re: My First Xmas Present

Ha! This reminds me of a chap I ended up doing some gardening for. He was a whizz with computers and bought himself a gardening app for planning his garden and spent a lot of time with it. Needless to say, he never got round to mowing the lawn. Horses for courses, however, whatever floats your boat ...
by KG Tony
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Harvesting tomato seeds
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

Re: Harvesting tomato seeds

Anne Swithinbank has a few tips on this in the forthcoming February issue of KG (on sale Friday 30 Dec) - I wont' steal her thunder but it's basically leaving the seeds for 10 days in a jar of water to disengage the sticky coating around the seeds, then washing them followed by drying - she says it ...
by KG Tony
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?
Replies: 1145
Views: 135238

Re: Please can we have some more 'funnies'?

I heard on the news yesterday that the best cracker joke this Christmas is:

Q: How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit?

A: No Brussels.

How funny you find this, however, may depend perhaps on whether you're a Remainer or a Brexiter :)
by KG Tony
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best First Early Potatoes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1689

Best First Early Potatoes?

As we approach 2017 we may be thinking of what First Earlies to grow this year. I'm growing mine in bags (compost bags turned inside out) this year again as I like to come out the back door, turn the corner and they're there! I've not decided yet what to go for. I've tried quite a number of differen...
by KG Tony
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Chooks away......
Replies: 5
Views: 1471

Re: Chooks away......

by KG Tony
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Broad Beans
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Re: Broad Beans

Yes Fred, it does make you wonder whether overwintering is worth it with broad beans. I'm fortunate to have a polytunnnel and I was able to harvest earlier last year than I would have with outdoor grown ones. Like you, I'm not sure I'd bother overwintering if I was planting outdoors, especially as m...
by KG Tony
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Broad Beans
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Re: Broad Beans

Just planted some of the 'The Sutton's yesterday in the polytunnel (started them off last month in cell trays). Last year I planted Aquadulce Claudia in the polytunnel and they more or less took over! Sounds like you're doing well without a poly anyway. My veg plot is so exposed I got fed up with wa...
by KG Tony
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight Resistant Varieties
Replies: 27
Views: 3367

Re: Blight Resistant Varieties

I've not seen a definitive answer to this one about blight spores remaining in the soil over winter but you'd expect a hard frost should kill them off. Certainly, remove any 'volunteer' tubers that may be lurking. Remove any mulch that may have been had spores if pos and replace with fresh. For toma...
by KG Tony
Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight Resistant Varieties
Replies: 27
Views: 3367

Blight Resistant Varieties

Had a bad attack of blight this year on potatoes and tomatoes so thought I'd give some blight resistant varieties a go this year. The Sarpo potato varieties have a good reputation so will go with one of these. As for tomatoes, 'Mountain Magic' was quite impressive so will grow this again. You could ...
by KG Tony
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Air-Pots Anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Air-Pots Anyone?

Wondered if anyone has been using air-pots this year? http://air-pot.com/garden Interesting concept behind them if you watch their video. Did grow some potatoes in them this year but Steve's in a more conventional pot seemed to do a little better - but it wasn't really a proper trial. Let us know ho...
by KG Tony
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: 2016 - how was it for you?
Replies: 4
Views: 726

2016 - how was it for you?

So how's it gone for everyone this year? Which veg and fruit has gone well for you? What have you been impressed with? I was impressed with the blight resistant tom, 'Mountain Magic' (T & M) (truly blight resistant and flavoursome) and the prolific 'Montello' tom (Marshalls). Going to grow some ...
by KG Tony
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Favourite Chillies?
Replies: 14
Views: 1812

Favourite Chillies?

I know it's only the end of November but already thinking of what chillies to grow next year. My favourites last year were Loco, Numex Twilight, Prairie Fire and Pot Black. Definitely want to give Bishop's Crown a go next year. Just wondered what others have been growing and what they have liked best.
by KG Tony
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Broad Beans
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Broad Beans

Once again this year I'm growing broad beans in the polytunnel. Sowed the seeds a few weeks a go in modular cell trays and now they're coming through. I've gone for 'The Sutton', a dwarf variety this year as last year's Aquadulce Claudia were great but just took over. It's so windy where I am, I gav...
by KG Tony
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: November planted potatoes
Replies: 44
Views: 7937

Re: November planted potatoes

I had a bad attack of blight last year on both Toms and Tates - did my mental state no good at all I can tell you! However, 'Mountain Magic' toms survived well - quite tasty too! For 2017 I'm going to go for the blight resistant Sarpo varieties for maincrop potatoes.(tony, editiorial, aka Peter Radi...

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