Peter Hewitt

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Grayish Blemish Potatoes

Posted: 27/01/2017 at 19:42

I recently purchased a bag of Estima  potatoes from a super market,they looked very clean with no marks or blemishes on them but soon as they have been peeled  you find grayish marks on them which go fairly deep you have cut them out before cooking because they look unsightly if you didn't,when they have been cooked they often turned black what is causing this,I have used other varieties without any problems.

P S sometimes you often have to cut away at least a third of the potatoes,also I have had it happen before with some other main crop potatoes. 

Regards Peter.

What to do now....

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 20:48

Hi Sarah.

The blackcurrant bushes need pruning just after they have fruited for best results,you prune the old fruiting branches out to let the new ones develop which will then produce the fruit for next year.You always want the branches to come from has near to the base of the plant,in fact it doesn't matter if they come from soil level or just below the soil,I was alway told to prune in the first year down to around 6" from the ground to encourage the bush to produce a better frame work. Regards Peter

Green beans still edible?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:55

If you go on the web and and put in www.frenchbeansfasold you will be able to find out,youcan dry them and use them as haricot beans. Regards Peter


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:01

Why are some of my autumn  raspberries have brown bits on the end of the fruit,the seed are very hard and can not be eaten.Regards Peter  

Green beans still edible?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Are they the runner bean the dwarf beans,if they are the runner bean you can use the beans as pulses in soups or in stews or you could save some dry out for next years seed i have done both hope that will help. Regards Peter.


Posted: 04/08/2016 at 19:52

My summer and autumn fruiting raspberries have this problem of having brown hard seeds at the very bottom of the fruit,the top two thirds of the fruit have ripened perfectly,what can be causing it,I have fed and they have had plenty of water.

Regards Peter


Tomatoes or something else?!

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 19:52


I agree with Kitty 2 it is radishes gone to seed.

Runner Beans

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:05

I have discovered white spots which seemed to be turning to brown on some of the leaves,does any body else have the same problem,I wonder if might be due to the up and down temperatures we are having this summer. Regards Pete

Major Sawfly larvae problem

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 19:56

I had one on my sweetcorn a few weeks ago I was able to kill it and have had no problem  since. I have had bad attack of sawfly on my redcurrant and gooseberry bushes which did a lot of damage in a short space of time. i did kill a lot by picking them off,I also used bug kill to try and eradicate the problem,the redcurrant's are ripening now. Regards Pete

Raspberry plants

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 20:18

I would be inclined to look on the Beechgrove Gardens face book page and contact them because they use garlic spray a lot, and they might be able to help you, because they use it for spraying against black spot on roses.I have made my own and used it against Lilly beetle and black spot with some success,the only thing I did find it seemed to deter Ladybirds so i seemed to have a lot of Aphids at the time. I had the same problem with my Autumn rasps last year I found it was a shortage of minerals so I gave them a spray with a solution of Epsom salts like i do with the tomatoes. 

Regards Peter

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