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leaves mottled on early pots

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:47

There is a form of early blight which produces dark angular spots on the leaves of spuds, it's not serious and rarely impacts on the crop.  

Unrelated, late blight starts as large yellow spots, and this is usually after a long humid period, so no worries on that front.     

Spuds thrive off a regular feed of seaweed feed or a tomato feed.

Happy growing.  

Growing veg

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:32

Chillies, peppers and aubergines would grow well in a warm conservatory, it's to late to sow their seeds but you can probably still purchase small plants from a GC

Some varieties of tomatoes can grow quite tall, pinch out the growing tip in late August or when six or seven trusses (flowering tips) have developed which ever is earlier. This tops the plant growing and it puts more effort into the developing fruit.       .  

New Member

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:23

Hi, Nicky, welcome to the forum

Happy growing. Where in the south are you, my brother has a house in Agde and the neighbours grow veg in their gradens...no need for a GH...toms and cues do really well outdoors...

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:14

Not heard of cola being a deterent but anythings worth a try.

KEF, started to squash the little blitters today. Tough little beetles aren't they

Apples and pears....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 19:17

Having learned from you kind people, the tree which I'd hoped was an apple, turns out to be a cherry plum, started me thinking about purchasing apple and pear tree's.

On the allotment we can only plant tree's from root stock M27 (very dwarfing) and M9 (dwarfing). Can anyone explain what this means, are tree's grafted on to the roots. The local GC has tree's on root stock M26!       

We have a local nursery where you can purchase the tree now and pick up in November for planting as bare root. There doesn't seem to be alot of choice though and when I asked the lady in the shop what root stock they were on she looked at me like I'd just broken into speaking manderin chinese.

I also have a Q about variety...any recommendations. I'd want self polinating tree's as there's only really room for a couple of tree's.

Also a Q about tree's or cordons. The nursery had a brambly which looked the right shape to grow as a cordon...am I right in thinking these can be trained up fences...

Thank you for replies in advance...  

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 18:37

Hi, Bob,

What with slugs and snail's absailing over the fence, carrot fly smelling carrots from 2 mile aways and pigeons swooping over head, marestail growing whilst you look at it and now flying lilly beetles...it's like a batttle zone out there......think this might be a battle I'll lose, I don't like squashing beetles...

Think I'll stick to growing lillies at home next year...

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:25

Found loads of beetles yesterday on lillies planted on the allotment a few weeks ago. Really don't know where they have come from, I bought new bulbs as I didn't want to bring beetles onto the allotment from my garden. Used new compost in bottomless pots sunk in the ground. No one else seems to grow them nearby either......  

 

Carrots & Parsnips in Manured Beds

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:16

Parsnips can take time to show, I've just sown White gem and the packet says 14 - 32 days to germinate. Would have thought yours would have germinated by now though... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:38

Bumped up for clare...

Getting rid of Bindweed

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 20:36

Hi, clare, welcome to the forum.

I asked a similar Q several weeks ago, I'll bump up the thread it's titled - Help...marestail and other nasties... 

Training up canes is one way of killing it, I used roundup on some a few days ago which had grown about 2ft. Ever so pleased with the result, the bindweed is already begining to go brown. I painted it on, there's a risk of killing other plants if you spray. Better to do it when rain isn;t forcast too...

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Replanting blueberry bushes...

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Something has been eating my chillies and toms...

Something has been nibbling at my chillies and toms...  
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Soil like dust...

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Q about transplanting fruit bushes...

I've grown some cuttings at home and have some well establishes bushes to transplant.. 
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Weeds in the GH....

I've inherited a GH with no glass on a new allotment plot... 
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Little gems...

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Veg seeds to sow now...

Winter veg... 
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Using mushroom compost...

I've used mushroom compost on one of the beds on the allotment...  
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