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by sally wright
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rubber Trays
Replies: 25
Views: 742

Re: Rubber Trays

I am only guessing here but it seems that it is a matter of separation for the councils and of economic collection by someone who can make use of them. Automated sorting centres cannot "see" the black pots and all of them will be dirty so they would not be popular with the end users of the...
by sally wright
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rubber Trays
Replies: 25
Views: 742

Re: Rubber Trays

Dear Colin, I too have seed trays that have stood the test of time. I even have one Ward tray that has only imperial measurements listed! I find that with seed trays (much as it chokes me) it is best to spend the cash and go for the rigid or heavy duty ones that cost around £2.50 each. They are real...
by sally wright
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tiny green hairs between new leaves on apple and pear tree, what are these?
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Tiny green hairs between new leaves on apple and pear tree, what are these?

Dear Elmigo, leaves can be hairy for many reasons but the main ones are for insulation and to prevent water loss. In the case of baby apple leaves it is insulation - to protect the leaves and shoots from frost. Later in the season the hairs will have gone as they are not needed. If you look round th...
by sally wright
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Brassicas
Replies: 12
Views: 565

Re: Brassicas

Dear Colin, I agree with Geoff you do need to lime the soil for brassicas if it is sandy; add the lime before planting and the borax a few weeks later. There are various testing kits available but I think that you would have to send off to have trace elements tested. Chalky soils can also be affecte...
by sally wright
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Brassicas
Replies: 12
Views: 565

Re: Brassicas

Dear Colin, what you have there is the classic symptoms of boron deficiency. I would have a look inside the stem and if there is a brown streak then it is definite. The treatment is simple (although it will not help the ones pictured) 3g of borax sprinkled in when planting out. It can cause other pl...
by sally wright
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Only in a couple of tubers but what is this disease?
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Only in a couple of tubers but what is this disease?

Dear Stephen, this looks like a virus problem; possibly leaf roll virus. As with most viruses there is no cure. But the good news is that it will not transfer to humans! Here are some tips to prevent it occurring next year. Do not put any peelings, green tubers or potato plant tops onto your compost...
by sally wright
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: RE: chitting seed potatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: RE: chitting seed potatoes

Dear Jeff,
the potatoes sound as though they have tuber blight. Take them back and get some more from somewhere else.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Snowdrop advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 480

Re: Snowdrop advice please

Dear Primrose,
every chance in the world. They may take a couple of years to get up to flowering size (but it is like seeds; they won't grow in the tin) so the sooner they are moved the better. Got a lot that need shifting myself so thanks for reminding me.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: mouldy compost question
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: mouldy compost question

Dear Ilknur, ginger likes to grow flat on top of the soil like Iris do. It is also from the tropics which means it needs a lot of warmth (at least 20C) and a lot of light as well. Try again in the spring, April perhaps, and it may do better. Buy a fresh rhizome that is plump and juicy as these will ...
by sally wright
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: January Jobs?
Replies: 26
Views: 1580

Re: January Jobs?

Dear All, For January jobs read winter jobs. tidy out your shed. Clean and sharpen tools then oil them so they are ready for use. Do a stock-take of consumables such as seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, strings, canes, nets, pots, hose fittings, composts etc Go shopping for any/all of the above - bett...
by sally wright
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Greenhouse set up
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: Greenhouse set up

Dear Thornton, don't bother with the shingle; it will harbour slugs, woodlice, vine weevils, weeds and dirt. I have shingle under the benches in my works greenhouse and I have covered the lot with fabric; it has made my life so much easier as I can just give it a sweep when it needs it. I can also s...
by sally wright
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Brussels sprouts stalks
Replies: 16
Views: 903

Re: Brussels sprouts stalks

Dear All, if the sprout stalk is large in diameter then the inside can be quite tasty. It is a bit like turnip in texture and taste; my sister and I used to split a stem and gnaw out the inside when we were children. The dog liked them too although we didn't like the dog afterwards...... Sniff. Espe...
by sally wright
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Danger Awareness needed for this.....
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: Danger Awareness needed for this.....

Dear All, legionella pneumophila is the one in water. L. longbeachae is the one under discussion here and is found in potting mixes. It seems that the legionella l. is found in potting mixes that have a high recycled plant material content. Ie the stuff from a compost heap /sawdust or bark. It is no...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spacing
Replies: 22
Views: 1742

Re: Spacing

Dear All, I suspect that many garden book and seed packet writers are not perhaps as diligent as they might be and just go to a previous book on their shelves, reiterate the spacings and general growing practices etc that the previous writers used and do not take into account changes in horticulture...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Spacing
Replies: 22
Views: 1742

Re: Spacing

Dear Colin, ah yes potatoes..... Here comes another little history lesson which goes part way to explaining your confusion. Old potato varieties (pre the 1960's or thereabouts) have lots more tops and were either harvested by hand (for new potatoes) or as mature spuds in September (when the tops had...

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