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Greengage
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:34 pm    Post subject: kestrel potatoes Reply with quote

Anyone know where I can get Kestrel potatoes without going online and getting them posted, Anyone ever grow them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought mine last year in the local garden centre. They're a fairly common variety for the hobbyist. The grew to a good size and tasted great.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tks Mr Middleton stocks them too.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew them three years ago and was really impressed but have been unable to get them for the last two.

This year I found them on Mr Middleton - a very helpful outfit - so placed my complete seed order with them and, for 5.95, had the lot delivered to my door.

My one word of warning is that the web site doesn't list, under 'Vegetables', anything other than spuds and onion sets but they are, in fact, distributors for Thompson & Morgan - it's just that they don't tell you that and the T&M site doesn't list them as representing them in Ireland. One can only hope they improve the site for next season but, in the meantime, I asked them for a catalogue which came the next day. With it was a T&M order form with prices in s and s which enabled me to phone the whole lot through in one go.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies, off topic I know.
Welcome back Blowin, we were down your way last week on a mini holiday. Did your winter project, the greenhouse, come to fruition?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regrettably no, Tagwex, re the greenhouse but I haven't abandoned the idea. I'm looking for advice locally on getting the base in but most of those I might ask are also involved in farming etc, and fully engaged in dealing with bad weather damage.

'Everlasting Beansticks', however, are on the launch pad and will be posted when complete.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dig down through topsoil until you are just into the subsoil, pour approx. 200mm deep concrete and about the same in width. Lay blocks or bricks up to the desired height (450 or 675mm) to increase head room and growing height and strap your frame down to that. Job done. Possibly run a U shaped wall internally too on a similar foundation to form the edge of beds and pour a 100mm path within the U on 100mm hardcore. Invoice is in the post!
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