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Allotment Potato Blight

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 21:50

I would guess most of the country have had the right conditions at various times during the year for blight to thrive.

I get alerts from a website called blightwatch.co.uk via e-mail. You probably already know this but it's a service supported by the Potato Council. Traditionally the risk of blight is based on the calculation of Smith Periods. This service calculates the risk of blight down to post codes based on weather conditions and humidity. A Smith period is 3 days of the right conditions for blight to appear. 1 day is amber alert, 3, red alert. If you register on the site you can gain an insight going back several years as to the number of alert's in your area by post code.

My post code for instance has had very few Smith periods for several years and only the occassional  blight alert in any given month This year alerts started in April and reached a peak in July with 15, which believe me is a huge increase in any previous year and the Smith period extended at one point to 5 days with only a gap of 1 day before another Smith period.

Check the site out and see what you think. Knowing when conditions are ripe for blight to thrive is like having an early warning system, I acknowledge you grow organic and can't advise on a product you could use to protect your crop as I try to grow organic small scale in  the garden and would cover my spuds during blight alert periods if they extended beyond 2 days.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 20:28

Hi, all, nice to have you back Jo.

More rain coming your way Frank. It was raining heavily here this morning at about 7.45 and rained all the way to work, a half hour drive. Continued to rain heavily on and off all day. Clear blue skies driving home.

It must have been sunny over the garden though as the furniture was dry when I got home, an opportunity to sit outside taking in the fresh aroma you only get after a good down pour and when the lawns been cut.

I'm off work for a few day's now. Going to Sheffield for a couple of days on a shopping trip, hoping to go to the Meadowhall Centre and Picadillly is the next stop so we may even get into Manchester. Haven't found anywhere yet which beats Liverpool 1 though.

plant suggestions

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 20:36

Lillies are bulbs and there's nothing boring about them, a small cluster makes a nice addition to many gardens.

plant suggestions

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 21:36

Lillies, they flower slightly earlier than gladioli, come in different heights, are hardy and can be left in the ground or in pots over winter and once the flowers have gone the foilage also stays greener for longer than gladioli.

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 21:04

Love your pics Budlia. The animals look very laid back, I have a cat. She was snoozing on the lawn at the weekend, she would have let me mow over her if I hadn't picked her up and moved her.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 20:52

It said cloudy here today which translates into 'torrential rain'.

I agree, you can't beat a good butchers, we have one nearby, it's very popular, you often have to queue at weekends, his prices are reasonable too.   

Not received September Issue of GW Mag..

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:39

my pleasure

Lifting Lily bulbs

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:38

Chris. I keep mine outside all winter till spring. To protect them from the worst of the weather, they're kept in a sheltered spot. Last year some were brought into the GH early spring and potted up in fresh compost, the idea was to force them for an earlier show of  flowers. It seemed to work, I had a longer show of flowers and was also able to discard those which didn't grow as well.

Alternatively, if you leave them in their pots, after a couple of years the bulbs start to multiply, bulk out and you get lots of tiny bulblets being pushed up to the surface.      

how do I add someone to my ignore list?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:21

WOW you are wanting to ignore someone already, I was on the boards a while before anyone went on there and there's only one now, a troll which followed from a previous board. I rather like the kaliderscope of personalities which frequent the boards, the diversity of idea's, advise, tips and stories make the boards all the more interesting.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:13

It got out really hot here yesterday. Today it's forcast rain about 6pm, clear blue skies at present so up early, not like me on a Sunday but after sorting out some pots yesterday to plant spring bulbs I'm off to the local GC to get some new stock.

Bought some yesterday in Wilkinsons, cheap and cheerful but not a huge selection, don't think the GC opens till 10am though.   

I'd offer to walk the dog Frank but it's a tab bit far to travel.    

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