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by Colin2016
Fri Jul 30, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Tips for Scab prevention on spuds

Just pull main crop of spuds up as was told it has blight and found some had succumbed to scab.

Does anybody have any tips on preventing it happening again?
by Colin2016
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 840

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Pulled bed of spuds up as was told they have blight lots of good ones on the large size with no damage. Notice soil was still damp even though there has been no rain for a few weeks, they keep forecasting thunderstorms but keeps missing here. Had a lovely crop of onions most on the large size, fello...
by Colin2016
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Tasty Garlic

I seems to show how our food is being changed by the supermarkets. When I see the farmers markets on tv I think oh how I would love to buy their produce instead of what we have on offer here. Even the local farm shop is lacking. At least I can get somewhere close to tasty veg by growing, had first l...
by Colin2016
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Non peat based composts

I have what they call red wriggles' the in compost which are different to earth works. I seems red wriggles multiply the more food they have in the compost. The earth worms take the compost down into the soil. I believe there are even different types of earth worms that live in higher/lower parts of...
by Colin2016
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Tasty Garlic

I was thinking on same lines as you Monika even Er indoors commented last night " Oh look you have a old persons bruise."

Using double quantity did not work either.

Going to try Italian supplier this year.

Thanks Snooky I will keep smelling any Garlick I come across locally.
by Colin2016
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Non peat based composts

Thanks for the interesting read Johnboy. "My view is also the heat that the heaps create to make the standard compost (with or without added wood & bits), devoid of living micro organisms essential to plant growth where our garden soil is rich with these & along with worms & stuff.&...
by Colin2016
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 758

Re: Tasty Garlic

Update a year latter. Have had good size bulbs from raised bed and small bulb from those grown in pot. Cant say I am impressed with the taste or smell though. Put all garlic in shed to dry off and looked forward to being hit with strong smell when opening door next day, didn't happen. Been cooking a...
by Colin2016
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Non peat based composts

How important is peat?

We hear a lot about seeds not growing and blame lack of peat which makes me wonder was there peat in seed beds in the older days?
by Colin2016
Tue May 25, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 677

Re: Non peat based composts

I have no idea if using without peat has any effect on growing yields or failures, Most of my compost (hot) is home made 5 off pallet size squares, 1 water butt size. I have brought 1 builders size bag of mushroom compost and 15 off (75lt) clover compost which states includes peat from Ireland. I do...
by Colin2016
Fri May 21, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 103
Views: 3951

Re: Late Spring Bits and Bobs.

I find what Monty say's is not always correct so gone off his program.

As for peat free compost whilst it is available I will carry on buying it.
by Colin2016
Fri May 07, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Water pump

There is a Bosch Cordless Water pump system, bit pricy but if you already have other 18v items could be interesting.
by Colin2016
Wed May 05, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: June edition
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: June edition

Thanks for letting me know.
by Colin2016
Wed May 05, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: June edition
Replies: 3
Views: 223

June edition

I see the June edition is out in the shops but have not received my mail edition, have others got theirs?
by Colin2016
Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Water pump

I used this with 2 reals (25m) attached to each other for going around the plot and find the water power ok.

When I first gat this setup I used it to fill a water butt up with water from a ditch.
by Colin2016
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Water pump
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Water pump

I to use a bilge pump with 12volt battery attached to garden hose, great for shifting water from the water butt around the plot.

When water butts are dry use a black plastic dustbin on wheelbarrow to transfer water from tap to plot.

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