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by John
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: New varieties for a new year!
Replies: 34
Views: 6916

Re: New varieties for a new year!

I think only peahens lay eggs!

John
by John
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Gardeners ' World
Replies: 19
Views: 4152

Re: Gardeners ' World

SM - Totally agree, Arthur Billet and Peter Seabrook were a great team.

John
by John
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Celariac hollowed out?
Replies: 13
Views: 2341

Re: Celariac hollowed out?

Hello SB This could be a nutrient deficiency problem. In swede and turnip it is sometimes a problem and known as brown heart. Its caused by a deficiency of boron in the soil. I have never had this problem with celeriac and it is in a different plant family to swede and turnip. Celeriac needs a rich ...
by John
Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Runner bean varieties
Replies: 10
Views: 2771

Re: Runner bean varieties

Hello Pawty In a posting on another topic Johnboy recommended Wisley Magic. I already had a couple of other varieties so I didn't try this one. It will certainly be on my shopping list for next year though. This year my main runner has been Celebration. It grew well and has given us loads of near st...
by John
Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Winner! :)
Replies: 13
Views: 1975

Re: Winner! :)

Well done Westi
Your exhibits are excellent. The onions are truly splendid - perfect match for size and shape and well coloured. You deserved a 'Best in Show'. Onions are a difficult class to win because there is always such a lot of serious competition but the judges were obviously impressed.

John
by John
Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Plum Die Back
Replies: 2
Views: 1638

Re: Plum Die Back

Hello Westi Best to try and find what the problems is. One possibility is a Silver Leaf infection. As its name suggests the first sign of this is a silvery appearance to the normally bright green leaves. As the infection progresses the branches particularly on younger trees will die. I have an old h...
by John
Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onion Skins Drying
Replies: 20
Views: 5156

Re: Onion Skins Drying

Hello Westi Excellent set of three there - you could be in with a good chance of a red card for a 1st. Difficult to see but I would trim any dried roots to a minimum but be careful not to damage the bottom of the bulb - carefully remove any trapped soil. Some rings - even made from a loo roll tube -...
by John
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onion Skins Drying
Replies: 20
Views: 5156

Re: Onion Skins Drying

Hello again Westi Read the show schedule carefully. There are usually separate classes for onions grown from sets and those grown from seed. You mention that yours are dumper with fatter hips - I guess that they have been grown from sets. Those in Pa snip's photo have the traditional onion shape tha...
by John
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onion Skins Drying
Replies: 20
Views: 5156

Re: Onion Skins Drying

Hello Westi Don't worry too much about a beautiful papery skin on your onions. Other exhibitors will be facing the same problems as you in maybe not getting them dried off in time for the show. Concentrate on getting matching sizes and shape for your onions - usually three. When staging them on show...
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Thanks Geoff
Didn't notice the Irish connection.

John
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Hi again Gerry There is a lot on Google about this one. The law seems to vary a bit so make sure you are checking English law. Found this: To avoid liability under the common law, the farmer must have taken reasonable care to prevent the animal straying which would involve steps such as ensuring all...
by John
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Biggest pest yet.
Replies: 7
Views: 2113

Re: Biggest pest yet.

Hi Gerry Sorry to hear about your trouble. My understanding is that anyone who keeps livestock is responsible for keeping them in the field. If they escape then you can claim against them for any damage that's caused. It looks as though you will be faced with a lot of expense in putting things right...
by John
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Eggstreme Action
Replies: 6
Views: 1827

Re: Eggstreme Action

Hi Pa snip Check the remains of the egg. Is she laying soft shelled eggs - these break very easily after they've been layed and then they get eaten. Some suggest old egg shells with mustard in them for curing this habit. As others have said though the only answer may to dispatch her - it can be a di...
by John
Sun May 15, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pea pod problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Re: Pea pod problem

Hello again MrC The leaves are quite normal. This is a natural marking that develops of pea leaves as they get older bit like the silvery markings on courgette leaves. It is the pods that may have been scorched. There is not a lot to worry about really. It is the way of peas and beans to carry on gr...
by John
Sun May 15, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pea pod problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1523

Re: Pea pod problem

Hello MrC
This could simply be scorching caused by high temperatures in your tunnel.
Peas prefer cool growing conditions from now on temperatures can rises rapidly under plastic or glass unless you are careful with your ventilation.
Regards
John

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