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by sally wright
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Mouse problem
Replies: 20
Views: 1204

Re: Mouse problem

Dear Monika,
try some fresh cayenne or chilli powder. Just remember to wear gloves when applying it and when moving the pots later (it can be persistent....).
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: More a general problem than a growing one
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: More a general problem than a growing one

Do not use Brick Acid on concrete paving slabs, the surface will be ruined and if they are surface coloured then this will come off as well.
Regards Sally Wright..
by sally wright
Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: M25 Root Stock
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: M25 Root Stock

Dear Cider boys, M25 are the most vigorous of the Malling (Merton) rootstocks. They are designed to produce traditional orchard standards. These days they are most probably used for heritage orchard replacements and cider trees. I have no idea what you would get as fruit off them but I suspect that ...
by sally wright
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Specialist tools
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Specialist tools

Dear Stephen, Hand tools, if you use it every year, can afford it and it does not take up too much room then get it. Many of the rarer hand tools will be on sale at some point so keep an eye out for them and purchase accordingly. This will apply to most hand tools I think. Do remember to keep them o...
by sally wright
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: First crops to sow during/after winter?
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: First crops to sow during/after winter?

Dear All,
those onions.... sow them indoors in a seed tray or small pots - NOT outside in the ground!
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Recommendations for a blackberry
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Re: Recommendations for a blackberry

Dear Stephen, there have been lots of new introductions in the blackberry world and there are many factors that might influence your choice. Thorny v thornless. Early v late cropping period. Vigour - some folks LIKE wading through the undergrowth with a machete like Indiana Jones at pruning time; me...
by sally wright
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: A consequence of saving F1 tomato seeds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

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: 1147

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: 394

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: 993

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: 373

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: 394

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: 7242

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: 561

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: 9975

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 ...

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