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Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:32

Fish, blood and bone and comfrey feed.  I haven't found the need for anything else since I started using this combination about 20 years ago.  I grow a large variety of fruit & veg, plus greenhouse crops of many kinds.

cucumbers

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:27

Cucumber plants can only support so many fruits which is limited by the size of the root system and how much water that can supply, which will obviously be more limited in a pot than when in the ground.  When the plants feels water-stressed, the first thing they will do is drop new flowers.  As`soon as you harvest some of the cucumbers near the bottom, any new flowers which form will likely start setting again.

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 15:47

Using rhubarb leaves to make an aphid spray does work as the leaves contain a poison called oxalic acid.  It can be used as a general insecticide but do be very careful as it is equally poisonous to us and other animals so keep well out of the way of children and pets.  Lots of info on various ways to control aphids, including recipes, here:

http://www.pan-uk.org/archive/Projects/Local/alt~dir/aphids.htm

 

nettle feed

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 15:03

Comfrey feed is fantastic stuff!  I only use that and fish, blood and bone in my garden and greenhouse and everything does well.  Be careful where you plant the comfrey though as it is difficult to remove once you have it!  An out of the way bit of ground where not much else will grow won't bother it.  Look at buying a potted plant or root cuttings of comfrey "Bocking 14" as that is sterile so won't seed itself everywhere.  

pea disease

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:51

It might be a nutrient deficiency. Often the symptoms don't become evident until flowering/fruiting occurs.  Try foliar feeding the remaining plants with a general purpose liquid feed which contains trace nutrients (this will be clearly stated on the label.)  If that is the problem, a good dose of well rotted farmyard manure in the Autumn to the area you will be growing them should prevent problems with next year's crop.

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:10

Or if cost isn't an issue, look for "resin bonded" paths.  You can have paths of any colour stone you like with that system, but it is delivered and laid by a supplier - no DIY option here.

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:04

Pebbles aren't porous, if you can find a supplier of light-coloured ones.

mis-shapen raspberries

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:32

Simples - for Autumn fruiting raspberries, cut all canes down to the ground in February.  If you live in a windy area, cut them back to about a foot tall after fruiting (which prevents the wind rocking the canes and damaging the roots) then all the way back in February.

Roses

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:19

It sounds like a genetic reversion of some kind.  Cut the branch with the white flowers off flush with the point it joins a normal branch/stem.  Mutant growth like this can be more vigorous than normal and there is a danger of it taking over.  Think of it as a rose cancer.

Gravel or pebble path

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 11:16

I suggest particularly avoiding limestone gravel which is porous as it is this water retaining property which allows green algae to grow on it, although that is mainly a problem where it lies on bare soil.  As`Dave suggests, I would use membrane but under both path and gravel border.   Doing that makes weeds easier to pull, too (weed seeds seem to love germinating in gravel, pebbles etc.)

 

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