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Posted: 24/02/2013 at 12:45

I'm also going to try nettles this year as a result of a Gardeners world article last season showing someone growing tomato on nettle  liquid as a result the plants looked superb. I have also read that it is really good for leafy veg as it has a lot of nitrogen in it

Lets hope it works

potato problem

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 15:21

I have had this problem with wire worm also

They attacked the roots of all my brassicas last year as well. I have found that peircing a potato with a cane then burying it for a week will attract them, the potato and worms can be dispossed of safely and the trap can be reinstalled all over again.

bolting seedlings

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 15:15

One way to counter the light level problem is to put cooking foil upright and  shiney side to the plants to reflect the light back onto the plants

The uses of rainwater

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 11:33

All done and dusted


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.

Discussions started by ColinA

Deviding blackcurrant bushes

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Cherry Problem

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Failed Sweetcorn

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Wash for apple trees

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Garden Bench

Wanting new slats 
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Maggots in Plums

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Nettle Fertilizer

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Potato Blight

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soil pests

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Cooking Oil as a greenhouse heating fuel

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Strawberry protection

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