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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 11:17

I agree with Busy Lizzie regarding compaction of the soil - my family are large-scale vegetable farmers, and certainly the onion-fields I've visited have quite rich and friable soil.

Plum tree problem

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 10:02

Silverleaf disease is the reason why stone fruits (plums, apricots etc) should be pruned in midsummer rather than the winter - the theory being that the rising sap helps prevent the disease being drawn into the wound.

Current thinking is not to paint pruning wounds as the substance painted on can harbour pests and disease.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 09:27

Same here - but maybe I'll try some new feeds over the next few weeks to keep them on their toes and interested in my garden and not other peoples

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:58

I think you may have sussed it Fidget

Happy new Year

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:29

Happy New Year Fidget ((hugs))

storing daffodil bulbs

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 08:00

Hello and Happy New Year Emmarose

Plant them now!  You're not the only one to have left it a bit late, but they'll grow and probably flower just a little bit later than normal, and then they'll flower at the normal time in following years.

There's no way to store them until next autumn - they'll just rot and die.

Do it today

Filling a new raised bed.

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 06:57

Chicken chaser - if you can get some well-rotted farmyard manure (chicken manure?) and spread it over the raised beds now, the worms will love it - it will help to keep them warm and they will pull it down into the soil and improve it's structure and fertility for the spring

Onion Advice Required

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 06:51

I suspect that the poor show over the past two years may have different causes.  The season before last was very slow - cold temperatures and low light levels.  Many veg really struggled that year.

As for 2014 - have you managed to get any organic matter into the soil over the past few years?  I would try digging in plenty of good home-made compost and/or well-rotted farmyard manure to improve the structure and all-round fertility.  The heavy rains of the previous autumn may have washed nutrients out of the ground, particularly as your patch is free draining and on a slope. I'd also incorporate Fish, Blood and Bone when preparing for planting this spring.

Also,  have you been able to water - onions need quite a bit of water while they're growing in order to swell the 'bulb' and we had a very dry summer last year.

Hope that's helpful and good luck with this year's crop


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 06:38

It does indeed - and it's now considered a pest in many areas of the UK and is being methodically taken out at the cost of millions of pounds

I'm not saying that we shouldn't grow species from elsewhere - just that we should be aware of what is native and what isn't, and what damage some non-natives can do to the bio-diversity of the envirionment where they grow.  Rhododendrons smother the growth of other plants and trees, provide little or no food for invertebrates birds or mammals and do not attract insects.  Areas where they've been allowed to spread become barren forests of just rhododendrons with little animal or insect life.

Nothing to do with your question, but just thought I'd mention it


Posted: 01/01/2015 at 06:22

What absolutely great news to wake up to on New Years Day!!!  Stacey and SL

We saw the New Year in watching fireworks from the bedroom window - there were loads!!! 

It's much milder this morning - the lowest it got down to was -0.02 and it's already 4.6C this morning.  Hopefully the warmer weather will bring a few flowers out for the Flower Count when it's a bit lighter

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