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Potato disease

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:19

Not all potato varieties produce flowers.  Have you not dug up a plant to see?  At the very least dig gently round the plant to see what's there.

What to do with my Garlic

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 17:33

Do not freeze the cloves if you plan to plant them in the Autumn.

Store them and only plant the cloves from the outside of the bulb.  They are the biggest and best.

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:50

It is entirely the farmer's responsibility to keep his cows away from other people's property.

Visit him and ask him either to put up an electric fence or a permanent fence.

If his cows have damaged the wall it is his responsibility to repair it.  At his expense.  If he will not do so get it repaired and send him the bill.  The small claims court is available to you.  But do make sure you have something in writing or he will claim you never complained.

Runner beans

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:43

Yes, it is lack of pollination.  The bees may be busy elsewhere but they will find your beans.

Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:40

Those chemicals you mention are usually shortened to NPK which are the normal chemicals in fertilizer.

I would also think it is incomplete pollination.  Male flowers plus female flowers plus insects all have to be in sync.  When they are you will be overwhelmed with courgettes.

Asthma and Gardening

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 14:33

Do you ensure you wash the weedkiller off any exposed skin as soon as you finish spraying.  You should do, and especially off your hands before eating.

Talkback: Tomato blight and potato blight

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 10:06

There is early blight and late blight.  You may not get blight at all.  We grow earlies to avoid it. And tomatoes in the greenhouse for the same reason.

Why have you removed the flowers from the potatoes?  There is no need.  If there are any flowers they can give a rough guide as to whether it is worth digging a plant.

Dying fruit on new apple tree

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 00:39

One thing I've noticed is you don't have a stake for your tree.  With some root-stocks the tree will have to be staked throughout its life.

Dying fruit on new apple tree

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 20:03

It's quite normal.  It's called June drop, when a proportion of the apples fall off.  Sadly you will notice it much more on a new tree as there aren't many clusters of apples.

Later you can remove any apples that are diseased or don't look perfect.  This is the first year and many people remove every apple to encourage the tree to establish without putting its energy into fruit production.


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:24

The commercial growers let them grow in a sloping fashion for many metres.  They have access to optimum feed and warmth and can keep them going far longer than we can.

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