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Can sweet potatoes be grown in Ireland

Can I grow sweet potatoes in a polytunnel in Ireland. where can I get the sweet potato slips in Ireland? greenbutterfly, Mallow, Co Cork Posted: 14/01/2017

Sweet potato can be grown in a tunnel in rich soil. Try Johnstown for slips.


growing onions in a polytunnel

I am growing onions in a polytunnel but the stalks are shooting up way too fast and starting to fall over. Is there any way to slow this growth? pikey, knockroe, Co Limerick Posted: 25/04/2015

Onions respond to the extra heat by growing longer leaves and might flop over but onions usually continue to grow when leaves have toppled.

You can slow growth a little by not watering as much, but left too dry, the onions may go to seed and not form a bulb at all.

Onions do not need the heat of a greenhouse, only to start off seeds, if you wish, and the seedlings are planted out.


Wire Worms

Having Planted out some Cabbage and lettuce plants in my polytunnell I am having the same problem as last year with Wire Worms...could you please tell me the best way to deal with these and what to treat them with. 231020141, Woodbridge, Outside Ireland Posted: 04/04/2015

Wireworms are the larval stage of click beetles and your tunnel must be new because the eggs are normally laid in grass areas.

You can try a nematode control called Supernemos or Nemasys. 


White mites

I have some home grown Basil and Chilli Pepper plants. All seemed well until I discovered some small white mites on top of the soil. They are not on the plants and when I water them these little guys jump and run around at great speed. They are too small to take a photo. They are elongated and have little antennae. Any ideas? Bonita, Dublin, Co Dublin Posted: 10/09/2011


If they are just a few millimetres long, these sound like sciarid flies, or mushroom flies, which run about ... and are a sign of overly damp compost. Allow the surface of the compost to dry out a bit and they will clear off.

  black bell pepper

black bell pepper

I have a black bell pepper growing, whats wrong with it. freak4nature, Bennekerry, Co Carlow Posted: 21/08/2011


It was probably not fully pollinated. Peppers need an adequate number of seeds to set fruit.

It is a bit misshapen but still useable.


Unheated Greenhouse

Could you please tell me. What veg can I grow in my greenhouse now? ROYSTON, NEWPORT GWENT, Outside Ireland Posted: 02/09/2010


You can try lettuce, radish, rocket, chinese greens, summer cauliflower and cabbage to plant out in spring and carrots to crop indoors in early summer next year.


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