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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Swimming time approaches again.

11 September 2010 11:20:12
Arthur Bell Rose shines,despite the weather.

Arthur Bell Rose shines,despite the weather.

Inside jobs have been on the cards so far this morning after the washout.Plenty of rain fell during the night.The tunnel needs more weeding and the greenhouse similar.Mulch in places is more like muck,and diseases in the vegetable garden thanks to rain,call fast.Hard to make weekend plans for the garden.Play it by ear.At least the rain has stopped,and that is one good thing.

The Rose at the bottom of the garden shines no matter the weather,and that is a great boost.


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Cloncaw Cloncaw 11 September 2010 15:08:00

Looks so healthy fabulous colour.


fran m fran m 11 September 2010 17:54:45

Great Rose.


Ladybird Ladybird 11 September 2010 19:38:51

That would brighten up your day. 


HeadGardener HeadGardener 11 September 2010 23:33:12

Lovely Rose John got it last year but put it in a poor spot to enjoy must move it.. Any tips on storing potatoes John? did you do journal on this soem time in the past?


Johnplotman Johnplotman 12 September 2010 10:02:54

Thank you all for the kind words.

Bill,when storing the Potatoes,the best way is in hessian sacks.They dont like light and if they have a touch of it then the Potatoes will turn green and no good for eating.It is important they can breathe,and the moisture to evaporate.Keep a check every few weeks incase one may have started to rot.If this is let,then the others will suffer.Never allow the Potatoes to freeze in this case,as this will start them rotting also this way.That is the best way to store them.Their are other ways.Good luck with your storing plans.

It could have been mentioned at some stage last year,im fairly sure.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 13 September 2010 23:57:04

Thanks John where would I get hessian sacks from do you know? , I have some paper potato sack kept from one's I got from our local potato delivery man would they do? and how long will my spuds last for do you think (given they dont spoil on me)? sorry to be a pain...


Johnplotman Johnplotman 14 September 2010 08:38:35

Youre welcome Bill.

To save them in paper bags Bill,the important points to remember are 1 Cut some quarter sized holes in the baga.2 The important thing is ventilation,and air flow.3 Never allow in to much light.4 Dont wash them Bill, until you will use them for cooking.5 If you are short of room a basement will,do provided it has ventilation.Those are the ways of storing paper bag Potatoes.Hope that helps,Bill.

The greening on Potatoes is known as glycoalkaloids.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 14 September 2010 12:16:31

Thanks for that John no doubt at some point someone will ask me what the technical name for greening of potatoes is an now I know :-)


Johnplotman Johnplotman 15 September 2010 09:23:12

Good luck with all your plans,Bill.


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