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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 12:37

Raisingirl, are you hiring a Cousteau family member to do the planting in your 4000 foot deep pond?  (I know you really meant 1200mm!)

Too hot for me - slept under a single sheet last night and am doing 10 mins worth of work followed by 20 mins rest today.  Strawberries loving it though - will be none left by Wimbledon week which will be a first!

Gate post repair

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 12:30

I would gouge out as much of the rotting wood as you can, Rex.  It will only hold water and fungi so best removed while you can get at it.


Posted: 18/06/2017 at 12:25

Could it be low on food?  If you haven't been feeding it, you could try feeding it with some specialist peony food or good old fish, blood and bone.  It was also a very dry start to the year so may have been a bit short of water at the critical stage when it was forming buds.

Leek rust

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 11:48

There is no treatment for allium rusts so your best bet is to cut them right back to the ground.  They will quickly re-grow.  Don't leave any if you do cut them back otherwise spores will infect the new growth and you won't break the cycle. This disease thrives in humid conditions so best keep plenty of space around them to increase airflow.  Grow them in full sun if you can. 

Using manure

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 09:59

The Westland gro-sure stuff in 50l bags is also good stuff and manageable - I get mine from Wickes.

Last edited: 18 June 2017 09:59:24

What is wrong with my potato

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 18:55

That does look like a pretty severe case of scab to me.  It is made worse by alkaline conditions.  If you used bagged compost, this usually contains lime which won't help.  It is likely that your seed potatoes were already infected though - low levels of scab are permitted.  I would change my seed supplier next year if I were you.

What is wrong with my potato

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 18:35

Paul, it seems there is a bug uploading photos this weekend - the GW web team should sort it when they return on Monday.  For now, you could try uploading to a photo-hosting site and posting the link if you don't want to wait.

Pond water

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:30

Granite is fine, GD.

Pond water

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:20

As rain water is very slightly acidic due to the dissolved carbon dioxide in it (technically, rain is very weak carbonic acid), your pond's pH will naturally get lower if you top it up with rainwater.  Do check the rocks using the test Pete mentions as some limestones are too alkaline and they will keep the pH high if in contact with the water.

Preparing for next year

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:13

Graham, it's good news that you have soil under your planters.  Make raised beds with no bottom and, this autumn, put a 4-6 inch layer of well-rotted manure on top and leave them like that over the winter.  The worms will come up from the soil below and pull the manure down into the soil, so all you'll need to do in the spring is some light cultivation.  If you put a 2 inch layer down each following autumn, you will keep the soil productive and will never have to dig again.  As time goes by the clay beneath will turn into great soil and your beds will effectively get deeper, all by themselves.

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