The growing of Duke of York in car tyres and Carlingford in large 2 foot diameter pots has yielded a reasonable harvest. Both varieties are second-early potatoes. However the tyre grown Duke of York produced larger tubers and a heavier crop overall. It seems the tyres retained moisture better than the pots. The tyres were sitting on the open soil too which helped with moisture coming from below.

Apart from the crop, the emptying of pots and tyres has given me a lovely supply of spare friable soil. I also cleared the mange-tout plants away as that crop was well eaten and enjoyed. This gives me a little clearing amongst the profuse vegetation.

This clearing and the supply of friable soil means it is easy now to pot up the strawberry runners I wrote about last week. I also want to propogate ivy plants as ground cover in my shady front garden. Having  retrieved enough empty plant pots, all I need now are ivy cuttings to plant up.

Ivy is growing well on my wild flower garden shed roof. In fact it needs to be cut back. I’m having friends and neighbours around on Saturday evening and need to cut back any overhanging obstacles. The ivy I cut back, instead of going into the compost bin,  this time gets a second chance as cuttings.

With Ryan Tubridy at the Tubridy Show

Minister Sargent presents Ryan Tubridy with some home-grown goodies. Ryan looks bemused at the Dutch Hoe he's holding!

There is satisfaction in getting timing right in a small garden. Gardeners generally appreciate this. I hope Ryan Tubridy appreciates the hamper of fresh veg and fruit I gave him at the end of our short chat on his last radio show before the summer break. I certainly appreciate the publicity the radio show gave to this website. The hits shot up dramatically following the broadcast. The power of radio, even more powerful than comfrey tea! HEALTH WARNING: Comfrey tea is a strong smelling plant feed, good for fruiting tomatoes but not for human consumption. The Irish Times please note!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ray on December 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I was given Comfrey tea as a complementary therapy by
    my wife’s father (a man of much old knowledge),
    after breaking my foot in a fall from a ladder.

    It was horrible, but did the job so effectively that I
    was out of the cast in three weeks,
    instead of the usual six.
    With the usual caveats, it’s not just for plants,
    as it’s common name “Knitbone” attests


    • Sorry Ray. I think I called you Adam there before. Glad the comfrey did the trick. Very impressive. Good tip on the garlic too. I won’t forget that rule of thumb for planting and harvesting.
      Le meas glas.


  2. Posted by Josefien Bruijn on December 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Dear Mr Sargent,

    Thanks ever so much for your most instructive website. I am a beginning gardener myself, I have a small plot of land in the Dutch city of Leiden and I am planning on growing my own veggies and spuds. I religiously study your site as well as various books on the subject (also got qiuite a bit of inspiration from Mel Bartholomew), and I can’t wait for the Spring. In the meantime I am most grateful for all your useful tips. Thanks again, have a great Christmas and all the best for the New Year, kind regards,

    Josefien Bruijn


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