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by Monika
Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: No-Digging
Replies: 12
Views: 3514

Why on earth would anyone not WANT to dig, other than with a physical disability? Digging is the most satisfying, soothing allotment occupation I can think of and it teaches you a lot about your soil, too. Certainly beats hoeing, mowing and scything.
by Monika
Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: newpapers
Replies: 10
Views: 2144

We have always used newspapers (crumpled up rather than in thick wads) in the bottom of the runner bean and sweet pea ttrenches and also put them into the compost bins every so often. They always disappear completely and our soil is reasonably light. So I would certainly try it if I were you.
by Monika
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Is this a friend or foe
Replies: 15
Views: 5910

Last year, after planting out some herbs from pots, I found quite a few vine weevil grubs in the allotment soil around them but found no trace of them during this autumn's digging or, indeed, any damage on plants during the summer. So maybe, as Organic Freak says, they are only a problem in pots?!
by Monika
Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Green manure and pea weevil
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Many thanks for your comprehensive reply. I do follow what you have suggested, i.e. growing winter tares AFTER peas and beans, but as the plots are adjacent to the other plots, I assume they just hop across! Unfortunately, we don't usually have long enough gaps between summer crops (short season her...
by Monika
Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Green manure and pea weevil
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Green manure and pea weevil

For the last two years pea and bean weevil attacks have grown tremendously during spring on our allotment and I am wondering if the winter tares (which we grow as green manure) help the weevils to overwinter. Anybody got any thoughts on that? This winter we are only using winter grazing rye on the a...
by Monika
Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:28 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Seed Catalogues
Replies: 60
Views: 17575

I don't think anybody has mentioned Suffolk Herbs. I know they are part of Kings, but they do have some different varieties, including more herbs and unusual vegetables, and are always very prompt and reliable. For potatoes, we always use Thompson and Morgan because their packs are in number of seed...
by Monika
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: cap sticks
Replies: 17
Views: 4365

We have used empty plastic drinks bottles (small still and sparkling water) on top of the canes for many years. In summer they support the nets which have to cover everything on our allotment (against jackdaw, partridge and pigeon damage) and in winter, when the nets are not out, the bottles rattle ...
by Monika
Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:37 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato blight what to do with the compost and containers
Replies: 5
Views: 1607

We always put all our potato foliage and the very tiny tatties into our huge compost bin because it is left to "stew" fo about five years. Do you think that is long enough to get rid of any nasties?
by Monika
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Hollow potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 3476

Hello John, I'll try that next year!
by Monika
Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Green manure - winter tares
Replies: 13
Views: 4922

Hello all, I sprouted the tares and rye grass in damp potting compost on the boiler before sowing them - and they are germinating like mustard and cress!!
by Monika
Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Hollow potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 3476

If the reason is lack of calcium, how do we introduce calcium? We obviously can't use lime on the potatoes (the pH is just right, in any case).
by Monika
Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Floating stones?
Replies: 1
Views: 995

Floating stones?

I have just spent the last few days winter digging two large beds on the allotment which we have had and cultivated for the last 20 years and it amazes me that every time the beds are dug, we seem to find loads more stones. In fact, my husband John double dug past of the plot last year and collected...
by Monika
Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:36 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Green manure - winter tares
Replies: 13
Views: 4922

green manure - winter tares

Many thanks, I think I will try Colin's method and sprout the seeds before sowing them. at least that will increase their chances.
by Monika
Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Hollow potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 3476

Hollow potatoes

Quite a few of our potatoes are turning out to have hollow hearts, outwardly unfamaged but a hole in the middle, therefore making them useless for baked potatoes. Varieties include Sarpo Axona, Sarpo Mira, Verity and British Queen. Is this year's weather to blame - a long dry spell followed by heavy...
by Monika
Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Lemon verbena
Replies: 28
Views: 7566

Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena makes a lovely herb tea or tisane. Put about ten leaves in a mug, cover with boiling water and let it brew for about eight minutes, then strain into another mug (or better still, use a herb tea mug with built in strainer). It's refreshing and calming.
Monika

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