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Onion advice please

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 21:16

Hi Vernon and Steve 309

I have sown Mammoth Onion seeds and Mammoth Pot Leeks from seed, and noticed holes appearing on the leaves on my Red Barron Onions sown in the Autumn just like in Daisyheadcase pictures, could that be a sign of Onion Fly? 

I had Onion Fly last autumn which saw off the last of the leek crop and disinfected the soil with a warm solution of Jeyes Fluid in this spring


The Mammoth Onions and Mammoth Pot Leeks were planted out about 3 weeks ago in a different plot to those grown last year.

If the holes aren't made by the Onion Fly would you please be so kind as to advise what would make the holes and does it affect the onion?

Many thanks in anticipation.



Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 21:12

How about the saying "smile it makes people wonder what you have been upto?"

Roll on the spring!


Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 19:42

Thank you all for your advice.

I am looking for a soil testing kit to establish the level of nitrogen in the soil.  Anyone have any suggestions which brand? Harrods seem to be the best at the moment.

How would I obtain phosphorous?  Could I buy it from the garden centre? My apologies for seeming dense only this is new teritority for me.



Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 18:00

Thanks for your advice.  Where would the best place be to get sawdust are we talking the kind you put in a rabbits hutch?

Verdun for the last couple of years my Wilja potatoes have been six foot high with obviously no potatoes to speak off when harvested.  I was told by a local garden centre that there was excess nitrogen in the soil.

I grow runner beans in the soil and they have always cropped well, brocoli didn't do too well last year.

I suspect I introduced the high nitrogen when I put fresh horse manure on the land in the autumn and now I can't seem to reduce the level in the soil.

David K what kind of mulch did you have in mind?



Excess Nitrogen in veg plot soil

Posted: 05/01/2014 at 17:02

I have a high reading of nitrogen in my vegetable plot can anyone please advise on how I can reduce the reading?


Onion Fly

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 17:25

I've been told to use a weak solution of Jeyes Fluid in warm water watered in the the soil kills the eggs.  I did that over a 6 x 6 area with a quarter of a cap of jeyes fluid in a 7 gallon warm water watering can.

My Uncle who used to show Leeks advised me to do that now as by the time my pot leeks are due to be planted out the solution will have washed through the soil, will be interested in other advice.

I have also been advised that crop rotation would work, plant crops that grow above the soil.

Hope that helps Chris



bubble wrap

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 20:20

I usually get mine from B & Q was £13.00 for a massive roll and has lasted for a couple of years.

I use gaffer tape to fit to the aluminum frame, cut the bubble wrap to the length required and stick to the aluminum frame, trouble is you end up with the sticky stuff on the aluminum frame.  Last year though I used the ali plugs which are great try and buy in bulk because a pack of ten from a garden centre costs a lot for what you need.

I insulate the roof as well. thats when the ali plugs come in useful ensuring the bubble wrap doesn't fall on your overwintering plants or heater if you are using one which obviously is paramount for safety .

I also wrap my fuschias individually in fleece after cutting them back hard and down potting them.


Blind Hydrangea

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 20:14

Can anyone advise me please?

My hydrangea is in between a red currant bush and a 6x6 foot blue lace cap hydrangea she flowered last year, but hasn't this year.  She is covered in leaves but no buds at all, and my lace cap hydrangea has only had a quarter of it covered in flowers. 

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you


Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:11

First time garlic grower and my garlic 6 inches high, planted in the autumn is showing signs of yellowing leaves.

I'm concerned in case this is a sign of white rot.  I've dug up a clove which did have slime on the clove white, but not sure if this because the leaf has died back.  When the clove was cut in half down the middle the clove was solid and showed no sign of disease.

I understand if it is white rot, then I can't plant any of the allium family in there for upto 20 years, I can't even disinfect the soil because the spores hibernate until a host becomes available.

Any advice from other garlic growers would be greatly appreciated.  I don't know if it is a deficiency in the soil or if I have infected gloves.

Many thanks.


It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:24

I've taken the bubble wrap down in the greenhouse which has polycarbonate sheeting 10 mil thick as the young seedlings need all the help they can get, don't want the bubble wrap to fall on the greenhouse heater!

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