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Posted: 07/07/2016 at 00:28

There is potato blight on our allotments. Not on mine yet, but no doubt it's only a matter of time. Is it too late to cover my tomatoes that are growing in the open as I have no greenhouse?

Many thanks

Red ants

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 19:42

Good idea about tipping them out I never thought of that! (getting old) I have been stung in the past by these and generally give them  wide berth but the bins are too good to resist for planting into - many thanks for the help.

Red ants

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:25

Hi, I have a new allotment and there are 2 black refuse bins full of what appears to be earth. I was thinking they might make great containers for carrots but they are full of red ants. If I poke about, add water for the seeds and disturb them will they move on? I would prefer just to leave them alone but will they move the carrot seeds around or eat them? any advice will be useful please. I have no desire to kill them, they are doing no harm. Many thanks.

Grafting apples

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:26

I just thought I would have a go as the professionals seem to graft the apples I don't want to eat or cook with. My main thought was that the rootstock wouldn't support the new graft, I might wait a bit for it to grow a bit more though, thanks for the advice.

Grafting apples

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 11:23

Does anybody know whether it is possible to graft another apple onto an existing tree which I bought this year. I was thinking of making it into a 'family' tree. I have no idea what the rootstock of the existing tree is as I bought it from Homebase and their labelling is not exactly helpful, it looks like it might eventually be M26. Would I have to reduce the other branches? Any advice welcome please.

Rhubarb variety

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 22:47

Thanks to all, sweet cicely is on the list now and I might try an autumn one, thanks for that tip.

Rhubarb variety

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 23:10

I need a new rhubarb crown and wondered if anyone can recommend a variety without the ghastly aftertaste that so many have, please. 

Composted bark

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:59

Thank you, great advice I'll do all that.

Composted bark

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:55

I have a new allotment and it has very poor thin sandy soil that I need to improve. I have access to some well composted conifer bark which is too good for paths. Could I use it around some new fruit (currants) bushes that I have planted and around some very overgrown gooseberries as a mulch. I was also hoping to use it around brassicas that I have bought in cells.

Will it change then ph of the soil too much or could I mix it with something else?

Any help would be appreciated, I am keen to use it as there is loads and I have only just started my compost heap.   


Mulberry trees

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:41

I live part-time in France and unfortunately near a mulberry tree, it is about 50 feet high so make sure you have enough space and tolerant neighbours. It also gives off hideous amounts of pollen. I would urge you to do lots of research before buying.

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