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EU bans glyphosate

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 09:39

The sooner we are out of that stupid club the better we will all be

Using Soot

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 16:13


I seem to remember my father saying a long time ago that weathered soot was mixed into a paste with water and then Brassica roots were dipped into the mix before planting to help prevent cabbage root fly, has anybody got any more info as to how and if it works.

Robotic Lawnmower

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 10:31

The barrier that Lyn refers to is a sunken wire around the lawn edge that the machine senses and avoids going over the edge, the other information is correct, Husqvarna are the best make.

etesia rotary mower, strimmer

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 15:06

Hi Jay

Check oil and fuel levels each time on the mower, also check underside for any blockages and damage but do not tip machine on its side as this causes oil to get into the air filter and damaging it. either get somebody to hold the handles on to the ground or jam them under the car, garage door etc.

As for the strimmer if its 2 stroke make sure correct fuel/oil ratio, and that handles linehead/blade etc are tight before starting

Do you have an allotment?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 15:26


I have a large allotment and grow everything from seed to keep down costs, every three years or so I buy in a large load of farmyard manure which is split with another allotmenteer again to keep costs under control.

Supplementary feeding is by chicken manure pellets and a home made Comfrey  liquid manure.

There is also a small compost in which when full the compost is used on half a dozen various fruit bushes.

Hope this is of use.

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 15:18

I grew Dahlia's last year for the first time, I had great success growing from seed, I lifted the tubers of which some were very large for the first year of growth

Plus it was a lot cheaper than buying in quantities of tubers.



Hollow Swedes

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:48

Yes we have had our share but not as much as the poor people in some parts of the country.

Ironically when they germinated I had to water every day as they struggled with the bed drying out too fast.

Thanks for the info

Hollow Swedes

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 11:29


This year for the first time I have had a problem with hollow swedes some are black inside while others are soft and rotten, in all cases the leaves have been healthy.

I always grow the variety Marion and have not had this problem in ten years, Last year I took over a larger allotment, could the problem be soil born?

Any advice welcome

Storing Dahlia tubers

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 12:25

Thanks for the info Dave I will try that

Storing Dahlia tubers

Posted: 12/12/2015 at 11:27


This year for the first time I have grown Dahlias from seed and they have been really successful, I lifted cleaned and put the dry tubers into trays and then into the loft where they are cool and dry.I have just checked them and found that most are covered in a white mold, is this detrimental and if so what do I do to to clean it off and stop it reforming,

Would spraying a mixture of Jeyes fluid control the problem, any advice would be appreciated


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