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Allotment Potato Blight

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 07:19
HomemanLL wrote (see)

Thanks so much, Can we put Blight free potatoes such as Cara in the infected ground next year, and also some plot holders are asking about liming the soil over winter.?

Cara is a blight-resistant variety rather than blight-free. There's a difference. They will still become infected if the pathogens arrive on the breeze and the weather conditions are conducive. They will just battle on a bit better than non-resistant varities. But, to answer your question, you can certainly plant them.

I'd only lime the soil if the soil needs it. Spuds like soil slightly acidic. Lime will send the soil's pH in the other, wrong, direction. It's a good idea to invest in a soil pH test kit and test the soil before amending it.

Allotment Potato Blight

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 13:17

Okay. Presumably the diseased produce and plant material was destroyed. The soil will be fine if you choose to plant again.

Allotment Potato Blight

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 11:29

If it's Late Blight, the spores don't live on in the soil. The only danger of re-infection is from diseased produce and plant material left lying around. If you get Late Blight again next season it will be a new infection. The spores are airborne, they travel on the breeze, and can travel for miles.

seeding potatoes

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 06:31

On the whole you're better off using certified seed potatoes to be sure they're disease-free.


seeding potatoes

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 17:29

They won't keep. Enjoy them now.

moving blackcurrant bush

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 13:23

I've moved redcurrants successfully. I left it till very late winter/very early spring just prior to them waking up. All you can do is make sure you get the whole root ball without disturbing it too much.


Talkback: How to plant and grow asparagus

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 17:54

Yes, you can transplant asparagus. It can be tricky, particularly with anything like mature plants, because of the complexity of the root structure that will have developed. It's a bit like trying to unravel knots. Best done early in Spring, while they're still dormant. It took me a couple of goes to wangle out the roots without murdering too many of them.


Posted: 09/09/2012 at 15:52

For squash, you would need to use the brush to transfer pollen from the male flower (growing on a stalk) to the female flower (with the miniature fruit at its base). Best done early in the morning when the female flower is open and ready.

Citrus orange

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 15:49

Don't forget to monitor the moisture levels through winter, too. Mine get a couple of drinks of tepid water throughout the winter.

Potato blight and soil

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 15:47

It depends what sort of blight it was. Late Blight is the typical potato disease. Its spores don't live on in soil, only in infected produce and plant matter. Potatoes can  suffer other fungal diseases, too, and the spores can settle on top of the soil and live on. To be on the safe side, why not remove and replace the top couple of inches of soil?

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