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by hilary
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Sick Blueberry
Replies: 6
Views: 2232

Re: Sick Blueberry

Thank you. I have now shaded the pot. It is a large old cattle mineral lick tub! However I have since discovered on the advice of Simon from Doreset Blueberries that what I thought was a vigorous new blueberry shoot was in fact a rogue Willow establishing itself and taking all the water and nutrient...
by hilary
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Spouting Broccoli
Replies: 4
Views: 1519

Re: Spouting Broccoli

Hi Geoff, I am not quite sure what exactly is the problem. They need to be sown early to mid summer, I.e now! plant out when you have about five leaves and firm in well. Stake as they grow and cover with netting to protect. Watch out for caterpillars! Mine have just gone out. They will overwinter an...
by hilary
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Sick Blueberry
Replies: 6
Views: 2232

Sick Blueberry

I am hoping someone can help with my ailing blueberry Chandler. The berries are small and the leaves fewer than expected and also small with a few turning brown. Next to a healthy one it looks very sparse and not well! I have watered well with rain water and given a feed of Maxicrop Seaweed with iro...
by hilary
Wed May 30, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Blight - starting early this year !
Replies: 13
Views: 1852

Re: Blight - starting early this year !

Hi Primrose,
Just had a warning for North Suffolk! I am hoping though it is a bit too early and last year had warnings but not a trace. Fortunately no allotments near here and potatotoes grown some distance away and as commercial will be sprayed lots of times!
Keeping fingers crossed.....
Hilary
by hilary
Mon May 28, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fruit trees and clay soil
Replies: 5
Views: 1407

Re: Fruit trees and clay soil

No problem here on clay. It's just the watering for the first two years u til established. Don't forget blueberries in ericaceous compost in pots. I have a wonderful crop each year and they freeze well and are so expensive to buy, not forgetting they seem to have to travel halfway round the world! H...
by hilary
Mon May 28, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Rotten climbing french beans
Replies: 10
Views: 1783

Re: Rotten climbing french beans

Beware if making a veggie plot from a field! I have to sow all beans, etc in the greenhouse and then plant out on quite big and tougher. Voles and mice are a real menace..... Even chewing off at the stem!

Hilary
by hilary
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Mares Tail
Replies: 22
Views: 7803

Re: Mares Tail

I was given a small plot of land to keep chickens on which was covered in mares tail. One day I noticed it had gone, I guess the chickens just kept pecking away at it until it gave up! Down side of keeping chickens in a large run, they soon adopt a bare earth policy!!

Hilary
by hilary
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Feed your wormery
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

Re: Feed your wormery

Aah, the wormery I had never seemed to have many worms,never could u derstand why untilI discovered a very fat shrew in there!
Obviously the holes in my home built wormery were just too large so I abandoned the project. May have another go now though.

Hilary
by hilary
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Dahlia's
Replies: 13
Views: 4846

Re: Dahlia's

Hello,
I knew they had to be edible by the way the rabbits dig down to get to the tubers I leave in the ground over the winter!!
However they usually survive the attack enough to grow on and put some shoots up.
Hilary
by hilary
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Chase Organics
Replies: 19
Views: 2446

Chase Organics

I have just had an email in from Chase Organics to say they have been bought by Suttons and the seed side will now be under the aegis of Dobies. Don't know about anyone else but just feel this is another step towards less choice and individuality. Maybe it just shows my age! On the plus side plannin...
by hilary
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Watering tomatoes
Replies: 17
Views: 3471

Re: Watering tomatoes

A good tip is to leave the watering can in the greenhouse to warm the water a bit before applying to the soil. I sink plastic bottles in beside each plant to get the water to the roots and then surface feed.
Hope helps
Hilary
by hilary
Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: home made compost
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: home made compost

Hi,
I use my compost in the bottom of my potato bags since I am never sure just how much seed is in there still, then just top up with some purchased compost. I apply the same technique to pots and bottom of trenches, works well.

Hilary
by hilary
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: White fly
Replies: 32
Views: 5217

Re: White fly

All, Have finally managed to recall where I had read about the white fly and raw milk and it was on the NVS website, I had also been to a talk by John Trim where he had mentioned it. So - it worked!! Checked greenhouse this am and only the odd lonely white fly around. Same for outside brassicas. The...
by hilary
Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: White fly
Replies: 32
Views: 5217

Re: White fly

All, Since there appears to be no evidence that this will work I will experiment on everyone's behalf and report back!! Perhaps the smell of sour milk will put the mice off from the greenhouse ! Off to buy the milk this morning - will try outside first then pray for rain so it washes off the leaves....
by hilary
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: White fly
Replies: 32
Views: 5217

White fly

Hi All, I have the usual problem with white fly in the greenhouse and on the brassicas. Have tried hoovering in the greenhouse and worked to some extent but I remember hearing about using untreated raw milk as a spray which works by the enzymes in the milk killing the whitefly. Has anyone tried this...

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