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Latest posts by ColinA

Garden Leeks

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 16:49

I always grow Musselbrough leeks and get good crops even this year which has been difficult. I have three good rows to see us into next year, as they always stand the winter weather ok.

Allotment Potato Blight

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 15:06

I think most of the country suffered blight this year, On our allotments it affected most gardeners. I always spray my potatos with Bordaux mixture as it is the nearest to being organic as possible.

This year I sprayed first in the last week in June. and then the last week in July but by this time my crop was showing signs of infection. On Gardeners World that week Monty also had blight on his potatos, he said to cut off the tops and lift the crop after a week, I lifted mine three weeks ago and stored them, each week I have tipped them out and checked the condition,Up to now I have only found one infected tuber so am hoping that I have got away with it. The real shame is that due to being lifted approx eight weeks early the size of the potatos are smaller, as usual I grew Desiree this year.

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:45

I have watched one progamme and thought that it was put over in a childish manner and not professional at all. In fact it was a very poor imitation of Alan Titchmarch's ITV programme which was excellent

I think that if progs are to be copied then only the proper gardeners eg Monty Alan Charlie Dimmock etc should be used.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:43

Hello Joanna

The one variety I like is Gardeners Delight, very prolific,good flavour, no hassle



Potato Blight

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 15:28

Hi All

Can anybody recomend a good blight resistant Late potato to grow for storagr over winter.

Yet again I have got blight on the tops this year as Monty Don suggested in Gardeners World a couple of weeks ago I cut off the tops and we are eating the potatoes for now but I do not think we will have a decent crop to keep us ging through the winter



Anyone used this mower

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:39

As an ex lawnmower dealer I would recomend Honda machinery to any one. I used to sell them with confidence as we never had any reliability problems with them so long as they are serviced annually.

soil pests

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 13:43

Thanks for that susan I really dont want to use any chemicals so potatos it is

soil pests

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 12:58

In my allotment there is one patch of soil approx 20ft x 15ft that is infested by  small worm like things that are about 1/4 to 3/8 inch long silvery grey in colour and about a milimetre wide, when resting they coil up like a spring. All winter I put potatos on sticks and buried them and after a week lifted to find them infested with with these creatures,

At the moment I have lost nearly all of the greens that were planted out due to a mixture of cabbage root fly lavae and the silver worms. Has anybody any idea what they are and how to rid the plot of them?


Successful Lawn Feed Anyone?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 15:10

I bought some Scotts Lawn Builder feed last year and it worked well for me with good results

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 15:06

This is typical of the BBC I have no interest in sport exept the WRC rally and they don't show any of it.

But when it comes to football, olympics or any of the over rated over paid sports everything is cancelled to accomodate them and force it down our throats. Not everybody is interested in sport BBC so stop pulling programes we like and start taking notice of the licence payers we are after all paying your wages so put GW on for an hour and leave it alone !!!

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