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by chrisg
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 6650

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

"Growing Food in Your Polytunnel" (Gatter and McKee) suggests the use of bicarb. of soda as a useful fairly organic spray against blight on tomatoes under cover. Might be worth a try. Not much use outdoors, I`m afraid. It`s actually been a nice day down here in darkest Devon. There`s been ...
by chrisg
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 6650

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

There are a few protective sprays you can use to stop blight attack, but nothing is now available to eradicate it once it has struck your spuds/toms. I find the answer is to spray around mid June, and then again at fortnightly intervals until lifting time. I have also applied the same schedule to ne...
by chrisg
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: pipe planter

This discussion was a while ago, but one of my grandaughters has finally shown me how to post the picture, so here are my strawberries in the pipe planter. We had a marvellous crop from them, and will certainly carry on with it next season. Variety Elsanta, grown from runners taken last year.
by chrisg
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: pipe planter

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by chrisg
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 3303

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

Thanks, Ricard with an H. The info about Elixir Garden supplies is most useful, and indeed, they are a good deal cheaper than my local people. Have just placed my first order with them, for Growmore and Garden Lime in 25 kg sizes. What a nice change not having carriage slapped on the bill! I note yo...
by chrisg
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 3303

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

A good deal of talk here about Growmore granular fertiliser. Does any one have suggestions of good suppliers at a reasonable price. I currently pay £21.99 for 25kg at our local garden centre, up from £19.99 last year. With no carriage charge, I would guess that that`s pretty competitive. They also d...
by chrisg
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch
Replies: 42
Views: 3303

Re: Fresh lawn clipping as mulch

I guess that I`ve always done it wrong, then! Just about all my lawn clippings, of which there are plenty, get spread over any uncropped area, and then are rotovated in once the area is fully covered to a depth of about 2 - 3". Obviously, there`s a slug problem with this in the early stages, bu...
by chrisg
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Merry Tiller engine overhaul or replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 916

Re: Merry Tiller engine overhaul or replacement

Re ringing the 5hp B & S engine on my Merry tiller Super Major, without reboring, solved the problem in my case, and transformed the machine. Still works like new some four years on.
by chrisg
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: pipe planter

Have so far, only grown Little Gem lettuce, Rocket and strawberries in this thing, and have been delighted with the results. Salads were planted in alternate holes as a guard against botrytis etc. (e.g. 8" apart), whilst strawberries were planted in every hole.( e.g. 4" apart!) All worked ...
by chrisg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: cobra mini tiller
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: cobra mini tiller

Thanks Snooky,
Might have to look into one of those. Sadly, parts for my current machine have become VERY pricey, whish is a shame as it has given great service over many years.
by chrisg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: pipe planter

Hi Primrose,
If you read my reply to Snooky, I think you`ll get the idea of this thing.
by chrisg
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: pipe planter

If your plants are that anvcient, I would definitley take some runners now, and replant for next year. As for a photo, well I`1m getting on for 80, and I`m not sure how to go about that! Sorry. The planter is standard plastic drainage pipe, with 3" holes cut 42 apart, and i incorporated a lengt...
by chrisg
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: pipe planter
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

pipe planter

Just to say that the pipe planter featured in KG last year, has turned out to be a real winner.
Have set up a 6 m long one in the polytunnel, and a 2.4 m one in the fruit cage for strawberries. Both are producing prolifically.Great idea!
by chrisg
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: cobra mini tiller
Replies: 2
Views: 395

cobra mini tiller

Does anyone have experience of the Cobra Mini Tiller?
Of especial interest would be price of spares and accessories.
Hopefully a bit cheaper than the obvious alternative tiller.

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