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by sally wright
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: A consequence of saving F1 tomato seeds?
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: A consequence of saving F1 tomato seeds?

Dear Primrose, I would imagine that the tomato prima bella has been bred with the commercial grower in mind as have many F1 hybrids. For the grower having the whole truss ripening at once makes for ease of harvesting and indeed for sitting in trays still attached to their stalk thus attracting a pre...
by sally wright
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: A consequence of saving F1 tomato seeds?
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: A consequence of saving F1 tomato seeds?

Dear All, What you are all seeing from your ferline tomatoes is possibly (and I am only guessing here) due to the fact that they have a lot of beefsteak genes in their makeup. If you look inside a standard tomato such as moneymaker the seed compartments are regular and symmetrical; inside a beefstea...
by sally wright
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?

Dear Stephen, asparagus comes from coastal areas and will tolerate more salt than most plants; indeed some sources recommend sprinkling a little over the plants to improve growth and flavour. Some of the redder coloured sands may have too much iron which is not good for asparagus as it acidifies thi...
by sally wright
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: JAMES LONG KEEPING ONION SEED

Dear All,
Dobies appear to have some seeds.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Disposal of mildewed leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Disposal of mildewed leaves

Dear Primrose, the mildew you can see on the surface of the leaves is the fruiting bodies (that is the part which produces the spores) so it is really closing the door after the horse has bolted to get rid of them off site as the spores will already be floating around the garden. That said there are...
by sally wright
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: Do asparagus plants have a life expectancy?

Dear Jinny, it may well be time to consider replanting a new bed of crowns and now is the time to order them. I would go for an all male hybrid as they will give larger harvests. That said what are you going to do until the new ones are ready to harvest? If you have some liquid feed and the tops are...
by sally wright
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Lemon verbena
Replies: 28
Views: 6955

Re: Lemon verbena

Dear Wellie, my lemon verbena has several stems arising at the ground level. I will take out one or two completely to the ground and tidy the rest of the plant to keep it from overhanging the path too much. The same way you would with a forsythia or philadelphus after they have flowered BUT do this ...
by sally wright
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Currants look mouldy...
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Currants look mouldy...

Dear Elmigo, this looks like powdery mildew. There is little that the amateur gardener can do about this. It is worst in hot dry conditions so keep your plants well watered; if grown in pots use a saucer underneath the pot to provide more constant moisture. Clear up all infected leaves after they ha...
by sally wright
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?
Replies: 20
Views: 9598

Re: Why doesn't weedkiller work on marestail?

Dear All, the reason most weedkillers will not touch mares tail is down to hormones. The mares tail is a very primitive plant (think coal measures old) that is as distantly related to most weeds as it can be and still be regarded as a plant. Most weedkillers these days are what is known as hormonal ...
by sally wright
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radish glutton!
Replies: 7
Views: 656

Re: Radish glutton!

Dear Ilknur,
pickle them! There are lots of ways to do this so look up some recipes on the internet. If you have a food slicer/processor it will be really easy to slice or grate them.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Puckered leaves on French beans
Replies: 7
Views: 762

Re: Puckered leaves on French beans

Try looking at images of capsid bug (shield bug) damage.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Help with my Blueberry Bush
Replies: 7
Views: 690

Re: Help with my Blueberry Bush

Dear MFP, leave the soil alone whilst the bush is in growth and re-pot in October; use a slightly larger pot if you have one as well. If you disturb the roots now before the heat of summer (if we have one) will stress the bush further and that is not good. The blueberry will not like "instant f...
by sally wright
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Help with my Blueberry Bush
Replies: 7
Views: 690

Re: Help with my Blueberry Bush

Dear MFP, Re-potting at this time of year will not do the bush any good; what you need to do is add something to the soil make it more acid (ph 6.5 or below). There are three kinds to choose from; sulphur, aluminium sulphate and ferrous sulphate. I would recommend ferrous sulphate if possible follow...
by sally wright
Fri May 31, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Lavender and Thyme sowing
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Lavender and Thyme sowing

Dear NAD, it is not too late. Sow thinly onto compost that has some sand added to it in a 1:4 ratio. Cover the seeds with about 1/2 a centimetre of vermiculite and keep moist until germination occurs; do not exclude light. The plants will be too small to plant outside this year and will need to be k...
by sally wright
Fri May 31, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Vegetative propagation of Hawthorn
Replies: 6
Views: 358

Re: Vegetative propagation of Hawthorn

Dear All, my nursery stock manual and my hardy woody plants from seed say that the clonal varieties (the pink sorts) are grafted and the white ones for hedging are grown from seed. You can bet with some certainty that if the pink sorts could be done commercially from cuttings they would be as grafti...

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