Latest posts by Pentillie

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?



daffodil bulbs

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 21:59

I planted a handful of daff bulbs a week or so ago - found,forgotten at the back of the shed. As the saying goes - they've got two chances.........!

Incidentally, did everybody see the mention in GM of the new daffodil, Pentillie Duke, discovered in my birthplace? I'm down there in three weeks time; will try to scrounge,????,couple of bulbs from Ted Coryton, (the owner) - the flower certainly looks very nice.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 00:06

sorry to hear your news Verdun - what's to say, except that everyone is thinking of you and your Mum, and hope that the love of you and your family bring peace to Mum.

Best wishes


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 18:12

Saw it go by, took about 3 or 4 minutes - looks like a plane light, but stays consistently bright, and there are no coloured navigation lights. All the little 'uns were out in the road looking for it (him), and they all started cheering when it went over - lovely!


For those who missed it, it will fly over again at a few minutes to seven this evening, coming from the west, and this time a bit lower I believe. This time it will only be visible for about a minute, but if any of Santa's little helpers are awake, take them out in the enjoys and enjoy!

Happy and peaceful Christmas to you all.


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