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Potato leaves

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 18:45

Which variety and when were they planted?


Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 21:39

If the Ph is 6.5 you shouldn't have much if any scab. When using a soil tes make sure the water used is clean and Ph Neutral. Rain water collected in a plastic bucket is fine. Tap water is not good as the council put too many chemicals in it. We have our own supply but it has too much lime so all tests are Alkeline.

Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:56

Scab is caused by bacteria i think and they thrive in soil with a high Ph. Did you add any lime?


Small swede

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 21:40

Sylvia. i presume you are talking about this years crop of swedes. They should still be small with big leaves at this time. They will only butt as we call it in autumn. a bit early yet.


Barry. Swedes are sown in late May or early June. Never any problems with size here but it depends on how you thin them. If you leave them too close they will be small. 6 to 8 inches apart would give decent size roots. Only 2 swede eaters here so 4 to 6 inches apart gives the size we need.

Swedes are part of the Brasica family so be careful not to follow the cabbages with them.

Hope this is of help to you.


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:55



Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 22:55

Harvested garlic 'Marco' today, very small cloves. hoping for better from the Germidore.

Watered last night and today. Lashing rain now typical!


Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 22:49

Eating Home Guard spuds, brocilli, Hispi cabbage and strawberries by the punnet.


Posted: 25/06/2015 at 22:10

That is a pity. It usually does the job. Did you buy in the plants?

More Peas?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 23:00

When I was a teenager I never bought pea seed, dried marrowfat peas always grew well.

Potatoes - Only one is flowering

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:52

Some first earlies don't flower for some reason. Am digging Sharpes Express at the moment, no flowers. Home Guard beside them have none either. British Queens sown 3 weeks later are in flower. Have a good rummage around and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

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