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Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 10:14

I have for several years, when cutting off the tops of leeks prior to cooking, spread the leek leaves along the carrot rows - the smell seems to deter the arrival of carrot fly, and the leeks gradually rot down over the months and ultimately get dug in. Carrots protected this way have been virtually untouched by the fly (which is very bad on our allotment site)

New allotment OMG...Part 2...

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 09:56

Just been looking at picture of Gardengirl's allotment shop (posted in March) - absolutely brilliant. I might have missed further details in another message, but can Gardengirl tell us how this shop is run and funded? Here in Marlow in Bucks, we have two allotment sites, and a shop, even half as good as GG's, would be a treat.

Depending on GG's response - and ,indeed, any comments on this subject from other forum members, I will pester our allotment committee, and local Town Council to see what they can do. Might prove interesting!

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 00:17

Very heavy frost last night, but still have a very colourful display of pelargoniums growing both sides of my front porch - if it stays mild, could they possibly last through the winter? I keep thinking I should put them in the greenhouse with all my other pelargoniums, which have been inside for a few months now, but they are so bright by the front door that I thought they should take their chance outside.

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:28

Just a thought Gardengirl - don't know whether your allotment site does it, but in my area the local tree surgeons are invited to drop all their wood chippings in several designated points, and after a few days in warm sunshine there are large piles of lovely dark chippings, absolutely perfect for the paths. It helps them and it certainly helps us - if you don't have this facility, perhaps a gentle mention to the Allotment Association will do the trick!

Various problems :( pics included

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 23:56

Liquid feed or manure should never be watered on plant leaves, but the roots of the plants should preferably be drenched. Perhaps some of your plants can tolerate their leaves being watered by liquid feed, whilst the damaged ones are more susceptible to damage? I' m not suggesting you covered your plants with liquid feed, but we need to be very careful with the strength of the mixture, and if homemade, from nettles or comfrey, it can be too easy to make it too strong and cause burning.

good luck in your investigations!

ps. Not wishing to sound too gloomy, but aminopyralid has been found in many commercial composts and bags of 'farmyard manures' - and they are still on sale in some of the largest DIY and garden centres.........

Various problems :( pics included

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 10:18

Did you by any chance use horse manure in the affected areas? Over the last seven or eight years a lot of brought-in horse manure has been badly affected by a chemical called aminopyralid, used as a weed killer on grasslands, and subsequently ingested by cattle and horses in their feed.  The result of growing plants in affected soil produced similar, or worse, results as you show.

Nobody on my allotment site now uses horse manure, so I hope that's not the cause of your problem.



Posted: 31/07/2015 at 17:14

Hope you enjoy Calstock, Hostafan - only a mile or two up the road from where I was born in Pentillie, near St Mellion and Cargreen. It's making me think of sitting on the banks of the Tamar with a Tiddy Oggie and a pint of Cornish beer (and NOT bottled Doombar!)


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 23:32

In our house it's got to the point that we only answer the phone to people whose names or numbers are shown, and known to us. Any other numbers, we simply ignore - if somebody is calling with a genuine, or urgent call, then they leave a message - funny how about 95 per cent of the ignored calls leave nothing! Having said that, they still keep trying!

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:37

Is anybody else trying out the new Crimson Crush blight-free tomato developed specifically for allotments?

i was given two by Dobie's and I have been asked to report back with results. So far, they look great, with large fruits developing. Over recent years, outdoor tomatoes on our allotment in Marlow have been decimated by blight, and according to Dobie's, the majority of allotments in the Country are suffering badly from blight.

I will be pleased if they work as promised - at the moment all my tomatoes have to be grown in the greenhouse which in my case limits the amount I can grow.


Posted: 21/07/2015 at 20:44

Evening all - have not been on the Forum for the last twelve months, and I seem to have missed more than I imagined.

I noticed on another discussion on Sunday that you had problems with Mike Allen - he always seemed friendly and knowledgeable - what happened?

Just got back from the allotment with load of veg, but it's like a dustbowl up there - please,please, can we have some decent rain?



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