Latest posts by ColinA


Posted: 13/01/2013 at 13:59

Thanks sotongeoff I will try that


Posted: 13/01/2013 at 13:33

I am going to try growing impatiens and begonia from my own seed this year has anybody got tips/ do's and dont's

What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 16:15

If Bordeaux Mixture is being taken off the market soon any ideas what the alternatives are ? as I use it religously for potato blight, Would Jeyes fluid do the same job on apple trees?

What is wrong with my apple tree?

Posted: 09/01/2013 at 15:26

It is possible to buy Copper Sulphate in garden centres. Its called Bordeaux Mixture I use it every year against potato blight as its recommende for  organic gardening'

Thanks for the tip Berghill I did not know about spraying the bark on apple trees against brown rot from which my tree suffers every year, Do I have to spray the whole tree, or the trunk,or just the branches?


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.

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