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Blight

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 23:05

Bon soir,

thanks for the replies, Yann's garden, with the perfect crop is about 200 metres diagonally N.E. from mine which lies in a hollow, Daniel's, blighted, 200 metres E of Yann's, on the same level. I visited a mate's house 2k away yesterday and he has lost all his toms to the dreaded blight. I did spray my crop at the first sign with Bordeaux mixture to no avail, we've not had any real gales this year but we have had more rain than ever before and the run off from the road which passes close to the quince has been in full flood for far longer than previous years.

Never mind, try again next year,

cheers, Ken S

Blight

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:33

Bon jour from Deux Sevre,

my crops have suffered from blight for the past 2 years even though I have moved them to different raised beds on the plot, I was considering not growing them at all next year but I noticed that my quince tree seems to be suffering as well, leaves turning brown/black and falling off. Do quince suffer from blight and if so what steps should I take next year?

Two neighbours have grown tomatoes, one, like me has lost his whole crop, the other, has got a marvelous crop!!

Looking forward to any advice,

cheers

Ken Smith

Leeks

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:15

Unfortunately my leek crop has started to distort and when you open them up they have a small brown worm in them and brown marks all through the leek  What is attacking the leek and is there anything I can do about it.

Label what label

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 20:46

I made some window-boxes and among the rest of the plants I put some bulbs about a half-inch in diameter, they flowered profusely with single pink flowers held on single stems about 7 inches long, the leaves, also on stems just shorter than the flower stems resemble 4 leaf clover with a reddish-brown centre. Today I cleared the boxes out and I need to know what the bulbs are and how to over-winter them, I kept the packaging for weeks, then in a moment of cleaning frenzy I ditched it. I have heard Monti say it over and over again ALWAYS label your plants now I know why!!!!!

Looking forward to your guidance,

Cheers for now,

Ken Smith

Leeks

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 11:53

My leeks are suffering from an attack of reddish/brown beetles 3mmx1mm give or take, they tunnel into the top one or two layers working downwards, if I remove these layers the leeks are perfectly viable and very tasty. I have gone through my gardening tomes but can't find a mention of them and therefore no cure, I seem to recollect reading about them but can't remember where so any help would be most welcome.

Cheers,

Ken Smith

The Return of Gardeners World-8th March

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:45

Geoff Hamilton, Geoffrey Amos,Percy Thrower, Jeff Smith,Alan Titchmarsh,Carol Klein,Stefan Buczacki,Toby Buckland,Joe Swift (specially his allotment)Charlie Dimmock(watergardens) were all entertaining and interesting...The AtoZ of gardening, Sunday mornings, proves what a mine of programmes the Beeb have under wraps and could show if they cared to cater,once in a while, for a NORMAL,AVERAGE,minority group.....

Compost

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 11:55

Since January I have sown a variety of seeds in the compost, mixed as per Frank's instructions and I've had a very good germination rate, the toms, onions,cabbage,beetroot, morning glory, nigellia have all been moved on to their pots for onward growth and the sweet peas are coming through nicely.

Time now for a quick lunch and back to the greenhouse, no outside work today, the north wind is blowing and there is snow on it.

Cheers for now,

Ken S..

Compost

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 13:08

Hi there,

thanks to Busy-Lizzie,Geoff and Frank the info was very welcome, specially the bit about the micro-wave I was looking at our old one stuck in my workshop and thinking a trip to the tip was in order but now I think I'll take it down to the greenhouse and give it a whirl, nothing ventured nothing gained?

We live in Deux Sevre, not quite so deep France as the Dordogne, the soil is so water-logged I've not been on it, other than on boards, for at least 2 months, but I'm lucky in that apart from the "oblgatory barn" the greenhouse came with the property and at 15 x 45 metres it is big enough for me to enjoy my days no matter what the weather..

Cheers for now,

Ken S...

Compost

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 10:38

Hi there, (from deepest France)

like most gardeners I'm itching to get started with my seed setting, but although our summers are warmer than where we came from in Lincolnshire the winters are a bit colder (minus18 for a week last winter). I have a series of compost bins and therefore generate plenty of the good stuff, is this only good as a soil conditioner or can I use it as a seed and cutting compost, if so how do I mix it?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

cheers,

Ken S...

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Discussions started by Ken Smith

Blight

Potato/tomato 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 07:05

Leeks

Pests 
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Last Post: 16/11/2013 at 20:58

Label what label

flowering summer bulbs 
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Last Post: 09/11/2013 at 22:06

Leeks

Flea like beetles. 
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Last Post: 09/03/2013 at 11:53

Compost

Setting seeds 
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Last Post: 23/02/2013 at 11:55
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