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by Daveswife
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 4485

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Just spotted this thread and thought I'd join in. I put all our grass cuttings in the compost bins - we have four and often two (or, currently, three) are in the process of being filled. With the grass cuttings I mix in kitchen waste, shredded newspaper, tissues, anything which will rot. I have a co...
by Daveswife
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Manure
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: Manure

My mother used to collect sheep poo from nearby fields, put it in a big tub of water, give it an occasional stir, and when the poo had dissolved Mum would dilute some of that brew and use it to water the plants. I'm thinking of doing the same with deer poo. I just need to get out into the park with ...
by Daveswife
Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato Blight
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Re: Tomato Blight

Thanks Primrose. Yes, I see how it works. I found this on Amazon "Greemotion 360121 Tomato Plant Cover 0.65 x 10 m" which presumably is a tube and one cuts off an appropriate length. So the type of product you refer to is available just a matter of finding the right one so thanks, again, f...
by Daveswife
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato Blight
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Re: Tomato Blight

Thanks ever so much, Primrose. We usually grow Ferline. We shouldn't let ourselves be influenced by the Marketing Men! We always plant our tomatoes in a group but perhaps we would be better to plant one here, one there, one the other side of the beans, one by the sweetcorn and so on so they are spre...
by Daveswife
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Manure
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Manure

I enjoy digging and for several years I have meant to get some well rotted manure and spread it over the veg area once it is dug. Our soil is free draining, slightly sandy, and we dig in plenty of stuff, as my Dad used to do! I'm thinking that by covering it in a layer of well rotted manure the worm...
by Daveswife
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Tomato Blight
Replies: 7
Views: 830

Tomato Blight

Is it me, or is blight more vigorous this year? We suffer from blight in this area (east Midlands) so we have grown Crimson Crush tomatoes this year, planting them outdoors. The plants have been vigorous, yielding a good crop of quite large, delicious tomatoes. Great for use in salad, fried or cooke...
by Daveswife
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Godwin's Multi Purpose Compost
Replies: 5
Views: 735

Re: Godwin's Multi Purpose Compost

Many thanks indeed for all these useful comments. The Nero di Toscana have recovered from their state of suspended animation after re-potting, mixing the original Godwin's compost with well rotted stuff from one of our compost bins. Their new growth looks like Nero di Toscana should do! I have used ...
by Daveswife
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Godwin's Multi Purpose Compost
Replies: 5
Views: 735

Godwin's Multi Purpose Compost

As a rule we grow all our bedding and vegetable plants from seed. However, time rushes by rather too quickly now that we are both retired and we missed the chance of sowing kale. So I ordered two varieties of plants on line, plus two varieties of cabbage which I plan to grow in the greenhouse soil d...
by Daveswife
Sun May 01, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Keeping records
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Keeping records

For several years we have kept a gardening diary, recording sowing dates, progress, dates for potting-on, planting out, harvesting etc and the important bit, yield. As an example, we know exactly the dates when we have been sowing the runner beans and the sweetcorn seeds, when we first cut the lawns...
by Daveswife
Sun May 01, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Potato shoots have caught a frost, what to do?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Potato shoots have caught a frost, what to do?

We have planted potatoes in tubs again after great success over the past few years. Hitherto frost has never been a problem but the earlies in tubs near the greenhouse have caught a frost and part of the shoots turned brown. So I need your advice, please. Should I: Earth them up to cover the shoots?...
by Daveswife
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Aphids all over the kale
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Re: Aphids all over the kale

Alan, The aphids are grey, look like thick dust. They don't fly when I ping the leaf, nor do they fall off. There are plenty of whitefly on the Brussels sprouts and there are also similar aphids on the sprouting broccoli. I noticed that some weeks ago but I don't mind sacrificing a couple of plants ...
by Daveswife
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Aphids all over the kale
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Aphids all over the kale

Underside of curly kale leaves are carpeted with aphids. All the plants in our garden are the same, so no wonder the growing tips are looking sick. I have never seen so many aphids. There are 20 plants, two different varieties, all affected; we are in the East Midlands. Help! What can I do? Is the o...
by Daveswife
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Will potatoes still grow if haulms cut off (grown in bucket)
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Re: Will potatoes still grow if haulms cut off (grown in buc

Thanks for your advice, Johnboy. In the case of the Sarpo Mira grown in buckets there are so few potatoes in there that we just eat a bucket load in one sitting. In November 2013 I shifted all the buckets into the greenhouse and emptied one at a time when we needed some spuds and the crop was so goo...
by Daveswife
Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: Changed my e-mail address, how do I update this on the forum
Replies: 1
Views: 1380

Changed my e-mail address, how do I update this on the forum

I registered on the forum some years ago when I was at work and used the office e-mail for alerts. Now I have one at home, how can I change my details on the forum so that I receive alerts, please? (By alerts I mean notification when someone replies to one of my messages).

Cheers!
by Daveswife
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Will potatoes still grow if haulms cut off (grown in bucket)
Replies: 4
Views: 1807

Re: Will potatoes still grow if haulms cut off (grown in buc

Thanks Peter for another very helpful reply. We will tip the potatoes out, and eat 'em!

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