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by Barry
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Elfe Potatoes
Replies: 19
Views: 15513

Re: Elfe Potatoes

I like Roosters, too, but I am still convinced Elfe are in a class apart. I ran out of my own potatoes much earlier this year than last, so bought both Roosters and Elfes at Lidl. My money is with Elfe any day of the week. Astonishingly good spud, especially when baked. BTW, worth microwaving one fo...
by Barry
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sharpening secateurs
Replies: 4
Views: 1601

Re: Sharpening secateurs

Thanks Robo. Found it on ebay for £6.99 and have ordered one!
by Barry
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sharpening secateurs
Replies: 4
Views: 1601

Sharpening secateurs

Is it OK to use a sharpening steel on secateurs? I have one of these in the kitchen drawer and need to sharpen my secateurs as cheaply as possible.

Are there any shops out there - Timpson's? - that offer secateur sharpening services?
by Barry
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Elfe Potatoes
Replies: 19
Views: 15513

Re: Elfe Potatoes

These are now commercially available: from Tuckers mail order down in Devon.

I shall be growing them this coming season.
by Barry
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Duck poo
Replies: 11
Views: 2892

Duck poo

I've been offered some chicken and duck poo.

I know chicken manure is very good, but is it possible to use duck waste, too?
by Barry
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Sterilising secateurs
Replies: 11
Views: 5071

Re: Sterilising secateurs

Thanks for all this feedback. There definitely seems to be a gap in the market here that manufacturers are not seeing! A small aerosol, rather than a concentrate, aimed specifically at sterilising secateurs doesn't seem to be available, yet logically is needed. If you are pruning lots of trees and b...
by Barry
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tamping prior to planting seeds
Replies: 2
Views: 1173

Tamping prior to planting seeds

I have just been watching a rerun of the Victorian Kitchen Garden series and was fascinated to watch Harry Dodson tamping down soil prior to planting seeds. It is not clear exactly what he was about to plant, but I don't necessarily think it was brassicas. The tamping down was done by shuffling acro...
by Barry
Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Root Stock
Replies: 1
Views: 1249

Root Stock

Our allotment allows the planting of dwarf fruit trees, which I always interpret as being either M9 or M27. Interestingly, one of our plot holders went to Brogdale and asked for a tree to grow in our heavy clay soil and was recommended to plant an MM106-based tree on the basis that an M9 or M27 woul...
by Barry
Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Sterilising secateurs
Replies: 11
Views: 5071

Sterilising secateurs

I have just been watching lots of videos on YouTube etc regarding pruning fruit trees. I was fascinated to see that many experts sterilise their pruning equipment using a spray whenver they moved from one tree to another. However, I can't find out what that spray might be. Have you any idea? Does an...
by Barry
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: TV gardening programmes
Replies: 8
Views: 2819

Re: TV gardening programmes

Oh come on Diane, the Hestletines' garden wasn't THAT bad :D
by Barry
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: TV gardening programmes
Replies: 8
Views: 2819

Re: TV gardening programmes

I agree that vegetable gardening seems to be the poor relative when it comes to air time. This is bizarre, since vegetable seeds now outsell flower seeds, suggesting that we are gaining traction here! The current season of Gardeners' World was so elitist at times that I wondered why they bothered; B...
by Barry
Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: TV gardening programmes
Replies: 8
Views: 2819

TV gardening programmes

It makes no sense to me that both Gardeners' World and Beechgrove Garden have just finished their current series on the BBC. For me, now if the KEY time of year to prepare ground, move plants and plant barerooted trees. It is also when I change infrastructure, put in paths, gather leaves and horse p...
by Barry
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Weedkillers and potato tubers
Replies: 3
Views: 1861

Weedkillers and potato tubers

On our allotment, we had blight early and most people cut the tops off of their potatoes. My neighbour then came under sustained attack by weeds and sprayed the area where his potatoes were still underground with Roundup. What he wants to know is if it is still all right to dig up the potatoes and e...
by Barry
Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Using sharp sand
Replies: 2
Views: 1603

Using sharp sand

I have been using quite a lot of sharp sand bought from Wickes to break up my heavy clay soil.

However, it has been suggested I should be using horticultural sand, since sharp sand may contain salt.

I have never thought about that before. Anybody know?
by Barry
Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Plot holder worried by weedkiller
Replies: 11
Views: 5075

Re: Plot holder worried by weedkiller

I am being quoted the following: https://www.soilassociation.org/media/7229/glyphosate-and-soil-health-a-summary1docx.pdf https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/glyphosate-debate Any thoughts on how I should respond? My new plot holder is paranoid about not feeding her children "cancer causing agents...

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