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Soil problems

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:03

Brassicas, carrots, celery and things in the poly tunnel but I guess they may have been late in and cold.

sorry I forgot to say what didn't do well.....I'm blonde!!!

Soil problems

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:02

Our potatoes did well until we became aware of a bit of blight, delt with that harvested and they stored really well, beetroot amazing!! Just as well as I love it, chard, spinach dwarf beans did fine as did the courgettes. Surprisingly the swedes and turnips grew well in the claggy part of the allotment. Our peas went over but that was my fault as we were away so didn't get picked early enough. Oh yes and my onions very strong flavour and huge! 

I rotate my crops but don't think there can be much goodness in the soil after all of this rain, the allotment is northish facing and has been uncultivated and covered with really gruesome rotten old carpets which were a slug haven, (still battling them) for about 4years.

appreciate the comments. 

Soil problems

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:37

Oh I forgot the horse pooh, chicken manure and green stuff was done over the past two years. 

Soil problems

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:36

Hi guys, i have an allotment and am worried that the quality of the soil has deteriorated, we have rotavated in loads of well rotted horse poo and used chicken manure pellets and grown green fertiliser which we turned in to the soil.

The crops last year did okay but not as well as I had hoped.

Can anyone tell me what I could use to improve the nutrient levels in the soil, which is a mix of reasonable well draining loam and heavy, wet , claggy clay type stuff.

Has the recent deluge washed out what was there. I am not a big fan of chemicals but would compromise my principals on this occasion.

All advice great fully accepted. Thanks.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:59

I a fan of consistent and regular weed pulling not a great fan of weeded killers unless they are ofthetwo legged variety!!! Bind weed is a real pain but if you keep at it it eventually gives up. Keep at it.

spots on spuds

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 08:55

Thanks for all the advice, i am still alive and for the record the potatoes were the best i have tasted for a long long time, must be something to do with going rapidly from soil to pot!! Looking forward to more!

spots on spuds

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 17:23

Sorry I seem to have confused you!!

It is the whole plant that has gone yellow, and yes I left the spuds to dry but they still have spots... I am planning on cooking them for tea so I may be dead tomorrow... 

creepy crawlies in the soil on the allotment

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 17:20

I thought it may be a wireworm, but it seems too flat and has lots of legs!!

spots on spuds

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:40

Hi, help please...

My potato plants have gone yellow and look like they are dying, I dug up a few and the base of the green bit is discoloured and has nothing on it, the few tubers I found have very small white spots on them.

What am I dealing with?

creepy crawlies in the soil on the allotment

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:37


I have been digging on my allotment and found lots of flatish orangey wormlike beasties in the soil. What are they,do they cause damage and how do I get rid of them?

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