Latest posts by Pentillie


Posted: 11/05/2013 at 10:19

Although very poisonous, the leaves of rhubarb can be used as a very effective spray against aphids on brassicas and flowers. Soak the leaves in water for a week, then filter off the solution - dispose of what's left of the leaves onto the compost heap. Dilute the solution with water, about 75 water to 25 solution, add a couple of squirts of washing-up liquid, put in watering can, and sprinkle plants as necessary. Further waterings and rain will ensure that cabbages etc are perfectly clean and edible at harvest time.

Seed Potatoes

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 21:46

Last year I planted 2 rows of Lady Christl potatoes, small ones which were left from the 2011 harvest - they all came up and provided as heavy a crop as the original seed-potatoes. I think it can be a gamble; depends on the type of potato and perhaps the weather - agree with Bookertoo about blight, but if the originals were free of it,you should be OK. If you've got the space it's well worth trying.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 12:27

Has anyone else noticed how ineffective current slug pellets seem to be? In my case, I have some 2-3 inch Brussels Sprout plants outside, hardening off. I have used Bayer Slug and Snail Pellets, and basically, they are c--p!

I put plenty of pellets down, but they appear to work too slowly, as some of the plants have been eaten to stalks,but surrounded by dead snails, which obviously enjoyed a great last supper. What's the point of pellets which don't attract snails immediately?

I know it's easy to blame EU regulations ( probably with good cause ), but half the pellets and solutions we now use in the garden or allotment are not really fit for purpose ( and the prices have soared! ). Sometimes I think we are so gullible, believing ' what it says on the tin'. Yet another manifestation of the ' Suits' culture, where big businesses get away with selling us overpriced rubbish, but can announce to their shareholders that they have had another wonderful year

propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 10:14

Reminds me of a few years ago, when I went down to the riverside to cut some nice 3-foot long twigs from the willow trees, which I wanted as pea supports at the allotment.

They worked brilliantly, had a bumper crop of peas, but the problem was every twig had rooted and I was left with 150 willow trees! 

I returned to the river and planted half a dozen in appropriate places, but had to burn the rest - seemed such a shame!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:37

Been a lovely few days, and now off to Cornwall for another short break .

If you are in Cornwall on Monday, and anywhere near Saltash (or Plymouth), try to visit Pentillie Castle, high above the Tamar. It's their Open Day, and the views are spectacular. The gardens are a work in progress, but still pretty good - well worth a trip to the Tamar Valley, a much-overlooked corner of Kernow!

P.s - I don't have shares in the place - just born there!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 20:16

Hey Verdun, I fly the Cornish flag from my allotment shed - when it first went up a few of the old boys were scratching their heads; most of them fly the Union Flag, and I took great pleasure in educating them in the ways of us strange Celts!

tea bags

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 22:52

Thanks Lyn! The cats in our road are the cleanest in town!





tea bags

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:50

You can spray them with Radox and bury them just under the surface of the soil - a great deterrent if you have cats using your borders as a loo!

MOB rants

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 18:01

Love your comments GG - my thoughts exactly,except I've always called the boys 'the Suits'. You know, the so called Leaders of Industry - the ones who,one minute are running M&S, then The Post Office, and perhaps finally, Barclays Bank. Never worked in any of the Industries, never worked at the coal face and got their hands dirty, and never dealt with the public - but always know what's best for a Company. They always save money, usually by getting rid of a few thousand employees, then when things start going wrong at the Company and profits start falling, and they have to sell parts of the whole - they up sticks, and move on to another, better paid, high profile job. That's them - welcome to the Suits! ( you will know them by their delicate, white hands, with professionally tended nails) I must stop now, or Imight just start getting cynical - can't have that!  

Black spot on roses

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 10:35

Thanks GG. I thought about watering the base of roses ( both planted and potted ),with Jeyes fluid - after your comments will give it a try.

Will let you have an update in 3 months! 


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