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drought vs to much rain.

Posted: 01/01/2013 at 10:52

Sorry Colin that is so impractical and simplistic I don't think you have really given the problem of low light levels, low temperatures and excess rain much thought.  Unless your question is a riddle of some sort.  Is it?

I wish you a better year this year.


Posted: 31/12/2012 at 17:19

There are plenty of adverts for them, but I have never seen anything from anybody who has actually made good compost with one.  They will be very heavy to turn when loaded and I wonder if they really do 'tumble' to compost rather than the contents just staying in one lump.

Might it be more satisfactory if one member of staff could make the compost off-site.  Perhaps the pupils could bring in shredded paper, peelings (you can wrap them in newspaper and just chuck them in the compost), tea bags and coffee grounds, etc.

Or you could start a wormery. Or several. Good luck, growing helps with so many skills.

no blueberries

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 17:25

Oh dear Budlia, I wish I had come back before you did your pruning.  It was not correct to cut off any of this/last year's growth.  The pruning should have been confined to the twiggy old stuff.  I hope you haven't cut off 2013 fruit!

You don't say if you have high-bush blueberries or low-bush.  High-bush are meant to be tall, not compact!

drought vs to much rain.

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 23:10

I think it was the low temperatures and lack of sunshine that caused poor crops.  It really was a bumper year for apples last year, I don't think you can expect two years like it in a row.

It has been interesting to see how well some crops have done with so much rain.  The Brussels Sprouts growers are well pleased. Maybe we don't make sure our plants have so much water in a 'normal' year.

no blueberries

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 17:20

Budlia63 did and he/she is the OP.

no blueberries

Posted: 29/12/2012 at 16:10

When you say cut it back hard, what do you mean?  If you mean cut it back correctly, yes, go for it.  But if you mean hack at it until all the branches are shortened, NO!  Get a book, take advice, find someone to show you.

Here in W Wales we had the best blueberry year ever.  The plants are in pots and stand in water.

Pruning rasperberry Canes

Posted: 26/12/2012 at 15:57

Slightly disagree that it is a bit late to cut down autumn fruiters; we usually do ours in February.

If they are summer fruiting will there not be new canes already growing up?  In which case only the fruited canes should be cut out.  Though newly planted summer fruiters should be cut down after planting so that they can establish well before they fruit for the first time in 2014. This is of course a counsel of perfection; most people don't wait for a year before cropping.

Urgent Advice Please - Will bleach kill turf?

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 23:51

Shouldn't you be taking professional advice rather than just guessing what you should do?

I suggest you phone the Agricultural Division of the Welsh Office, Animal Health.  Not sure if that is what they are called. They are in the telephone book.  

Asking for help with disease control is not really appropriate on a message board.

Composting Problem

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 20:11

So I end up discarding much of my compost

Rachel, don't ever discard compost, (where? how? why?) it is valuable stuff.  You have just let it get too dry.

Potato Blight - which potato to grow

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:55

Yes, I would agree; stick with  early potatoes. Leave main crop to the professionals if you want to avoid blight.

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