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by Chantal
Wed Aug 04, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds

I was always told that insufficient water causes scab. As Geoff has asked, have they been dry?
by Chantal
Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Cloggies or "back door" shoes
Replies: 14
Views: 6760

Re: Cloggies or "back door" shoes

I have Crocs, but my preferred slip on "back door shoes" are my Emu slippers. I love Emu, very expensive, but they have indoor/outdoor soles and last for years. I'm not completely crackers, I wear slippers in the house all the time and have a new pair every year or two. The old pair then b...
by Chantal
Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 841

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Thanks Peter, much appreciated. Maybe we'll get a warning of late blight. Eventually. We've lost one whole bed of heritage tomatoes to blight, but strangely, only half a bed of Sungold. The remaining 6 plants have had a few leaves removed but are growing well. Very strange. In addition, I've removed...
by Chantal
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Some days you just shake your head in disbelief.....
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Some days you just shake your head in disbelief.....

A few years ago I was deluged with those "I understand you've been in a car accident" calls and when I was recently out of hospital had yet another call. I responded with my usual "get lost ' and hung up. They called back twice more and on the third call in 10 minutes I was very offen...
by Chantal
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Blight

I used to use Bordeaux Mixture but gave that up (is it still available?) when blight proof tomatoes became available. My polytunnel is unscathed as yet, but one bed of heritage is fighting the odd leaf spot. I'm removing leaves as soon as I see damage, but I fear that all is already lost. It would t...
by Chantal
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Blight

I'm registered with Blight Watch and haven't had a warning this year. Just got blight. When I first had an allotment 20 years ago, we went 5 years with no blight and have had it every year since. Is it getting worse or were we just lucky for a while? The old timers on our site swear it was never a p...
by Chantal
Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Blight

Our site in Warwickshire has been hit by blight this week. I've topped the potatoes and am praying for the heritage tomatoes which are both outside and in our polytunnel. So far they're OK, but my plot neighbours have lost theirs, including one lot in a polytunnel. The blight proof tomatoes are fine...
by Chantal
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Hollow cabbages
Replies: 17
Views: 1197

Re: Hollow cabbages

If there were mice, how did they get out without damaging the outside of the cabbage? No mouse bodies in there...
by Chantal
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: What is this please?
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: What is this please?

Is it Tansy?
by Chantal
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where has everyone gone???
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: Where has everyone gone???

I'm here, just so very busy in the garden and on the allotment. I thought being retired would mean I had lots of spare time. Wrong.
by Chantal
Wed May 05, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 103
Views: 3951

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

We had snow, sleet, hail, rain and glorious sunshine this afternoon.
by Chantal
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Anyone heard it yet?
Replies: 37
Views: 1424

Re: Anyone heard it yet?

We've been listening to a cuckoo for the past 3 days, usually around 6am. :D
by Chantal
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Max/Min Thermometer.
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: Max/Min Thermometer.

I have one that is max/min both dye and digital with a reset button. I've had it a few years, bought it from Wilkinson's and they still sell them.
by Chantal
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Spring Bits and Bobs
Replies: 166
Views: 7873

Re: Early Spring Bits and Bobs

We lost our magnolia stellata too Primrose, there are a few white flowers left low down, but most are burnt. The camelia has been mullered by the frost as well. Lots of golden brown damaged flowers, but I'm hoping that in a few days, once the weather starts to warm a little, if I shake the tree the ...
by Chantal
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Radishes
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: Radishes

I've just read that if you keep them in a bowl of iced water, in the fridge, and leave their tops on, they will stay super crunchy for a couple of days.

Still no clue how the supermarkets do it, gas them perhaps?

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