Peter Hewitt

Latest posts by Peter Hewitt

Harvested anything yet?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 20:09

Started picking strawberries on 13 of this month, also raspberries loganberries,tayberries red currents are ripening fast shall be busy during the next few weeks,autumn fruit raspberries coming into flower at least a month early tan last year,potatoes in flower,peas ore podding the ones you can eat  the pods as well.I am sure the fruit is at least two weeks early than last year,I wish this wind would drop we wont have any plums or apples left I suppose I wont have worry about the June drop its been done already.

Regards Pete.

Should i reduce the tops on my potatoes?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 19:55

I know the feeling I have that in both knees they just give way at any time and your soon on the deck,I have had it since I was in my mid thirties and a consultant at the time said I might be in a wheelchair by the time  I was fifty, and I am now seventy five  and still going I think gardening keeps you fit  most of the time.Its to do with working on a farm all of my working life I am afraid its worn out knee joints so they tell me.Hope you will soon be on the go again. Regards Pete

How long until I can harvest my first courgette?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 18:10

I grow mine in old car tires to grow courgettes you can get them from garages or tire suppliers,I mix my own made compost and bought compost and fill the tire with it and feed with tomato food once the first courgette has set weekly. Regards Pete

Kohl Rabi cropping

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 17:52

They look to be the right size you can eat them cooked or roar with other salad stuff, just remember they come from the same family as cabbages and such like so don't plant any of that family in the same place because you could get club root. Regards Pete

Black currants

Posted: 27/05/2017 at 13:20

what is causing my blackcurrant bushes leaves to turn brown and drop off it as infected both bushes even though the are in different areas of the garden it hasn't effected my red currants or gooseberries,can somebody help please It happened very quickly.

Regards Peter

Daffodils And Tulips

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 19:35

Some of our daffodils have only produced half an head it just looks like you have gone along and cut the flower in half,some tulips are the same,what can be causing this is it in the bulbs.We bought them at the same time planted at the same in November some we put in pots and some in the flower beds and they have turned out the same. Regards Peter.

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  

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Dwarf Beans

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Leaves have turned brown and fallen off. 
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Flowers distorted  
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Grayish Blemish Potatoes

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