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Is this potato blight

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 11:38


I planted some seed potatoes in October, purchased as 'will be ready for Christmas'. We've had a period of heavy rain but, before this, the plants that were starting to grow had healthy green leaves.  When I was at my allotment at the weekend, the green had all disappeared and, of the 2 plants that had anything left, the stems were soggy and collapsed.  Is this potato blight? 

Organic way to get rid of grass in allotment

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:08


I have a half plot on an organic allotment site.  It was badly overgrown when I got it last year and I still have about a third of the plot to go - where grass is firmly established.  

What is the best way to get rid of the grass?  I can't even get a spade/fork into it. I don't have a car so couldn't hire a rotavator, and have only shears to cut it. It's not just grass around the plot - there is a huge strip of it that must be at least 2 1/2 feet wide running down the length and another strip at least 3 feet running across the width.  Another plot holder told me that it is, very annoyingly, the legacy of the person who had the plot before me and thought it would be smart to throw lots of grass seed down (instead of veg seed, I guess).

powdery mildew?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 22:34

I'll give it a go - maybe there was a problem with the same thing in that part of the plot before I got it last year as onions grew fine for me last year in their old spot : )

worst job in garden

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 00:08

Cutting the grass (allotment) with shears and trying to get rid of crouch grass and creeping buttercup - all by hand as no pesticides allowed

powdery mildew?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 00:00

HI Busy-Lizzie

Thank you for the link.  No onion family planting for me for 5 years then! Fingers crossed carrot fly don't get the carrots : )

powdery mildew?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:39

I'm new to veg growing as I've only had my allotment (organic site) for a year.  I pulled up my shallots and garlic today as the leaves were all yellow and dead, and discovered that they all had a powder on them and were damp looking, which I'm guessing is onion powdery mildew, but may be wrong.  I took them all off site to destroy.  Do I need to also pull up all the onions (Red Baron)  - nowhere near fully grown - growing adjacent to where the shallots were and destroy them, too, and what do I do about the carrots I planted beside the onions (to try to fool carrot fly)? 

All guidance appreciated : )

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Is this potato blight

leaves and stems have mostly disappeared and what was left was all soggy 
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Organic way to get rid of grass in allotment

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powdery mildew?

what to do about remaining red onions and companion planted carrots 
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