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by sally wright
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Garden glove recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 354

Re: Garden glove recommendations?

This is my thoughts on the subject of gloves. I have found over the years (30+ as a professional gardener) that there is not a single pair of gloves that will do all tasks. It's just not possible. So I usually have at least 5 different types on the go. Also, to my eternal annoyance, I have baby soft...
by sally wright
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Pea sprouts?
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: Pea sprouts?

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=15201

This post should help and answer your questions.
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: BROAD BEANS, OVERWINTERING TYPE
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: BROAD BEANS, OVERWINTERING TYPE

Just had a quick beetle round the list of BB's in the Moles catalogue and the variety Monica seems to tick all of the boxes. It is suited to all periods of sowing with what they describe as a heavy yield. Other seed houses seem to be extolling it's virtues as well. Regards Sally Wright. ps De Monica...
by sally wright
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Greenhouse winter cropping
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Greenhouse winter cropping

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Harvest ... 606&sr=8-1

I have found this book to be quite informative on winter cropping; for both indoors and out.
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing lights
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: Growing lights

https://forum.kitchengarden.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=15201 Here is my method of growing peas. I would also get a small desktop osscillating fan. Using this to blow a breeze over your seedlings for an hour or two a day will also help to stop the seedlings becoming leggy as a lack of sideways mo...
by sally wright
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leeks
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Leeks

Dear All, there are pheromone traps available to buy for the leek moth; but how effective they are I don't know. What I do know is that you would need to get at least 2 packs; one for the Spring flight and one for the August flight so they may work out expensive compared to fleece and enviromesh if ...
by sally wright
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Is this a Vine Weevil??
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Is this a Vine Weevil??

Longhorn beetle, not vine weevil; Don't know which one so some further research will be needed.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rhubarb in pots?
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Rhubarb in pots?

Dear Monika, this is not something I have ever done but here are some ideas to make your experiment perhaps a little more successful. Rhubarb needs to have a lot of water but not so the roots are waterlogged. So get as large a set of saucers as you can fit in your space. These will provide lots of w...
by sally wright
Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Carrots
Replies: 18
Views: 555

Re: Carrots

They look a little pale but they could be willow-carrot aphid; they are the right shape for those. Photographs do sometimes wash out the colour from translucent items; but they should be a pale green. Not a lot to do but if there is a willow tree nearby you might want to remove it....... Regards Sal...
by sally wright
Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: recommendations for blight resistant outdoor tomatoes
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: recommendations for blight resistant outdoor tomatoes

Dear Arnie, I don't think that there is a blight resistant plum tomato out there at present. However one year I did grow both Roma and San Marzano outside and Roma fell prey to blight at least 10 days before the San Marzano did. This delay might be enough time for you to get a crop. However the SM d...
by sally wright
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: re-using pickling vinegar
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: re-using pickling vinegar

I would say yes John, BUT with the following provisos; not for long term storage, two months at the most and heat it up to sterilize it before re-use. Do not forget to mark which jars have been done in this fashion as they should be used first. I would also investigate making your own spiced vinegar...
by sally wright
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Butternut Squash

Dear Tanzy, I think that one of the problems you have been having is a lack of Cross-Pollination as ideally you need to grow more than one plant for them to pollinate properly. If you observe your plant it will open male and female flowers on different days. This is to prevent self-pollination so yo...
by sally wright
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Butternut Squash
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Butternut Squash

Dear Monika, a lack of pollinators (bumble bees mostly) is the cause and a quick whisk round with a very soft paintbrush between the male and female flowers will often do the trick in cold or rainy weather. Parthenocarpic courgettes are now available such as partenon and cavilli; they will mention t...
by sally wright
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Yellow blisters
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Yellow blisters

Dear Cornish,
what you have there is called oedema, it is usually due to too much water. If you are watering stop, but other than that there's not much you can do. It is not really harmful to the plants (or you) but it does look bad.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Plum problem
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Plum problem

Dear Stephen, looks like a classic case of brown rot to me. You need to pick off as many of the affected plums as possible and bin them - DO NOT compost them. The spores may survive the heap and go on to infect other things in your garden. This rot will affect the fruit of most trees so make sure yo...

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