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Remove flowering stalks immediately (administrator - 05:50 19/04/2012)
A fast-growing central stalk growing straight up may well be a flower which will suck energy away from leaf production. Cut and compost as soon as it is clear it's not a leaf.
Prevent mice (wsjames - 00:27 01/12/2014)
Coating broad bean seeds with chili powder paste really does reduce the rate of seed loss from mouse attack. In this trial I sowed two pairs of rows of broad bean Witkiem Manita in February. One pair was sown with seeds pre-coated in a slurry of hot chili powder (stabilized with cornflour) and the other without pre-treatment.See links below for images of the rows after germination. Without chili 4 out of 17 survived mouse attach. With chili treatment 11 out of 17 survived.https:docs.google.comfiled0BHFQUB87hstU2hqZEktWUVkcG8edit?uspsharinghttps:docs.google.comfiled0BHFQUB87hstYVZ6dVYteGtnU3Medit?uspsharing
White fly (dan - 17:00 26/01/2015)
If you have a liquidiser blend three garlic cloves up with some warm water. pour into spray bottle spray effected plants.
Plant different varieties at different times or in different places (administrator - 21:37 15/11/2011)
If you want to make sure that you get the sweetcorn that you paid for plant different varieties at least two weeks apart so that they flower at different times or with at least 5-10m between blocks. If you don't do this the varieties may cross-pollinate with unpredictable flavour results.
Applies to: Sweetcorn
Onion Fly (onedot3 - 12:10 03/05/2013)
Try growing onions with mint to confuse and deter onion fly
Weed suppressing (simonsmithster - 10:34 17/01/2014)
Perennials like currants need acid soil and damp but not wet conditions. I grow on the downs alkali thin and dry. Every year I get old bicycle boxes from bike shops and ask tree surgeons for a load of their chippings. Most tree surgeons are happy to give these away. I lay down the boxes and cover with chippings deep about 6 inches. Brilliant weed suppressing mulch and it disappears during the course of a year.
Planting leeks (simonsmithster - 11:34 17/01/2015)
The best dibber for planting leeks is the remains of a spade or a fork. Anyone who has worked the land will at some point break a spade or a fork handle. Keep the broken shaft as a dibber. Wet the ground shove the dibber in down to depth of about 8 inches drop in yr early leek seedling and fill the hole with water. Just water.
Common Potato Scab (administrator - 16:57 26/01/2015)
1. Choose and plant resistant varieties; 2. Practise good crop rotation;3. Maintain an acid soil so do not add lime or alkaline ashes or poultry manure; 4. If you line the planting trench with grass clippings or wilted comfrey then cover with soil before adding your potatoes the decomposing vegetation will locally reduce pH (increase acidity)..and provide some food for the growing crop.
Protect crowns over winter (administrator - 06:40 19/01/2012)
Protect the crowns and roots from frost with a thick layer of dry mulch - straw or bark chippings work well. This is more important with young plants and the further North you go.
Organic matter is the key (jamiemac - 22:31 19/09/2012)
Curcubits (courgettes pumpkins cucumbers etc) are v. thirsty and hungry. Organic matter (compost well-rotted manure) is the key - dig it in mulch. Alternatively grow them on a near-mature compost heap before spreading it in the autumn.