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by Westi
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds

Hi Colin, I read that putting shredded newspaper in the trench helps, but I've since seen that only applies to old fashioned newspaper not current types of ink on our papers. I know when choosing them though the description of the seed potatoes varieties from some suppliers does mention whether they...
by Westi
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Saving Sweet Potato
Replies: 146
Views: 15915

Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Hi giaur500! Just an update on mine, they are finally playing and vines are everywhere. Not as spectacular as previous successful years, but obviously enjoyed the couple of scorching weeks we had. That weather is broken now by some spectacular lightning storms & deluges but they seem over. Outsi...
by Westi
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Thank you peter! I hope they succeed as although you kind of know it's the right weather conditions, getting the confirmation e-mail can buy a longer time in the ground with some protection or spraying. Especially when it coincides with the busy weeding, watering, sowing regime that e-mail can't be ...
by Westi
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Broad bean problem
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Broad bean problem

Welcome to the forum Redkite! How very strange, it looks like the wee inner green pod has decided to pop out without you have to boil it for a second. I'm saying 'boil' intentionally as around the pods the fluffy lining looks to have a bigger bubble like texture rather than the normal tighter mattin...
by Westi
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Exactly the same for me Geoff on Blightwatch, can get into the site, but get no alerts & when I click on the calendar thing that is showing absolutely nothing happens. They must be aware but no notice comes up to say they are working on it. I used to recommend them as so good but daren't do that...
by Westi
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Welcome to the forum Fauzan. I totally agree with you about reading the manuals especially when replacing a well loved item. I had an egg cooker, just a standard boiled egg one but after years of loyal service it died. I went for the same brand as got so many years out of it & it was dead cheap ...
by Westi
Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Well the weather has been fairly erratic this year for sure, but the crops aren't complaining too much. Well not complaining now but certainly did earlier in the season. I'm enjoying the fact I'm not watering as much, not quite as pleased that I had blight (crop saved though), & now my plums are...
by Westi
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: peas
Replies: 9
Views: 5958

Re: peas

Welcome to the forum Emmamaltas! I grow both tall & smaller varieties but never grown Duke of Albany, nor heard of it. Maybe search some heritage seed sites? I grow general readily available seeds - the secret is watering with peas so build a barrier/trench around them to contain the moisture &a...
by Westi
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Butterflies everywhere
Replies: 13
Views: 3794

Re: Butterflies everywhere

I think you have missed the big butterfly count this year farsana but maybe you could still get the id chart just so you know for yourself. Or there are books available at reasonable prices. It always seems the cabbage white is the most prolific on my plot but I do love spotting a more beautiful one...
by Westi
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: which climbing bean
Replies: 19
Views: 5335

Re: which climbing bean

Until this year my Cobra were average (well poor), but they are both huge, tasty & tender this year. I can now see why they are rated. My Blue Lake plants were done by the late frost despite protection & the Cobra was all I had handy to sow direct (probably out of date on the pack as well bu...
by Westi
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Tasty Garlic

Funny Colin! Definitely worked for him - I could have done with a mask! I agree totally that even the ' farmer's market' produce does not have the flavour it seemed to have. I put it down to ageing taste buds but maybe they have taken their eye off the ball with trying to match demand? Maybe GYO is ...
by Westi
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: Non peat based composts

Interesting Monika! I try to rescue worms dug up in low grow sites & re-locate them in my beds. Strangely when you harvest from that bed it is the same sort of worms that were there with no sign of the different ones. I believe, (in a newbie post several years ago) I asked if worms were carnivor...
by Westi
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Tasty Garlic

I suspect Primrose our climate is not generally beneficial for growing great garlic, just average garlic. Our poor things get nearly drowned as cloves, then have to endure pretty big fluctuations in temperature during spring & summer while their continental cousins bask in almost perfect conditi...
by Westi
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

I tried Elephant garlic for the first time this year, along with the normal. Today probably wasn't the best to harvest as even with the air com on in the car on the way home there was such a strong smell of garlic! I thought they were supposed to be milder, but if smell (& wee nibble on site) is...
by Westi
Sun Jul 18, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Certainly was well hot, but thankfully not as humid as it has been. Nothing like having a scratch with the factor 30 applied & finding you have so much dirt attached to it, so it feels like fine sandpaper with the odd wee insect for good luck.

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