Latest posts by ColinA

Tomato Bl

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 14:52

Yes its a real shame that Bordaux mixture has been banned it was excellent a t combating blight on potatoes and tomatoes

Poorly Peas

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 15:18


On our allotments a lot of people are complaining of peas that have not grown to their full height and have given poor crops.

I sowed Greenshaft as usual this year and they have only reached eighteen inches in height on all four rows and given about six pounds in weight

Has anybody else suffered the same


Convert lawn into paving

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 16:16

You may also have to get permission from the local council as it could cause surface water run off problems

Sweetcorn what size block works?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 12:37

I plant mine at 15-18in spacing each way, don't mix varieties as I ubdersatand croos polination affects taste and sweetness

Hope this helps


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:27

Last year I tried an old trick, on one row of brussel sprouts I mixed soot with water to make a paste and dipped the roots in before planting on all other Brassicas I put well weathered dry soot around the neck of the plants.It seemed to result in very little root fly damage

Backyard Power Options (Rain/Snow Proof)

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 15:19

Any electrical work especially outside needs to be done by a certified electrician. the best thing to do is contact your local council

Petrol Lawnmower

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 13:41

It sounds like the main jet in the carb is blocked. the carburettor will need removing and thoroughly cleaning out using compressed air to clear the jets,Also the fuel tank will need cleaning out as thats the only way dirt can ingress into the carburrettor

Its no use taking it back to tesco as this is not a warranty fault


Tomatoes - time to sow!

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 15:35

I sowed my seeds mid march last year and ended up throwing the whole lot out because of the cold spring, i sowed in the first week in May the plants grew away perfectly and i got a good crop.

This year I will do the same.the seasons are later now

Leaf Mould

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:48

I make up my own compost for both seeds and growing on as the bought stuff i found was poor quality. I mix 3 parts sieved soil to 3 parts sieved leaf mould and 3 parts peat. For growing on i add fish bone and blood


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:36


Has anybody invested in the new tracking device called Trackr that is being advertised at the moment. It appears to be the size of a fifty pence piece and works through an app on mobile phones


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Info on Trackr

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seed potatos

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