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saddad

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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2021, 09:10:49 »
As I say to OH everytime I'm in a Garden Centre.... "you can't have too many seeds!"

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Re: One line questions / One line answers
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2021, 12:07:50 »
As I say to OH everytime I'm in a Garden Centre.... "you can't have too many seeds!"

Especially when they are reduced at the end of the season and you see all the varieties that might be good to try - just in case.

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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2021, 22:58:31 »
Is anyone monitoring the potato blight reports? It has seemed ominously humid to me in the past few days.
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2021, 09:37:22 »
Not that I know, but I was thinking that watching the Weather Report last night... high humidity and overnight 14/15C...

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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2021, 13:20:28 »
Don't grow potatoes myself any more but I di grow tomatoes and keep them in the polytunnel to avoid blight.

Yesterday, for the first time, I got to visit my farmer neighbour's veg plot - very agricultural system with the soil clearly having been ploughed and then harrowed/riddled by tractor.   We'd gone to pick baby artichoke heads for a visiting friend.   There were also five long rows of potatoes and 3 of shallots, all looking strong and healthy but all a very strange bright blue.

I asked and it's a product they apply liberally to control pests and diseases.    Now I know how they get perfect cauliflowers but I no longer want to eat one.
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2021, 14:43:19 »
You only need to put your first home-grown cauli into salt water to realise why pesticides were adapted so readily!
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2021, 16:16:14 »
I know, and I don't get decent firm curds either so clearly need to improve my techniques - or just keep buying the organic ones.  Don't eat many anyway.
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #27 on: June 08, 2021, 16:46:28 »
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I don't get decent firm curds

In general terms, there are two things that I found to be essential:

1)The Variety

2) The firmness of the soil they are being planted in!

I never dug the soil just prior to planting, I preferred to do my soil preparation in the autumn, this way I found my light soil firmed up nicely over the winter months, and I only needed to form a hole where each plant was planted.

I usually used a bulb planter to do this.

If I were planting out late plantings eg Autumn & Spring cropping varieties as a follow-on crop, I would just tidy up the surface of the bed rake in a fertiliser and plant out as described before!




oops! I used more than one line for my answer....Sorry! :angel11:
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #28 on: June 08, 2021, 20:14:32 »
There were also five long rows of potatoes and 3 of shallots, all looking strong and healthy but all a very strange bright blue.

Sounds like Bordeaux mixture.  There was a recent topic where it was discussed at some length.  Effective against fungal diseases.  It is not a product I use myself, but there were good arguments that used with care and in moderation it was not nearly as harmful as many modern agro chemicals.
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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #29 on: June 08, 2021, 21:19:28 »
Nothing moderate about the intensity of blue powder on these plants!   Something I've seen sold here is a concoction of horsetail to dilute and use as a fungicide.

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Re: One line questions / One line answers
« Reply #30 on: June 09, 2021, 07:48:32 »
Bordeaux mixture is also an approved organic fungicide, so buying green won't necessarily avoid it!

I imagine its major use historically was to counter mildew in vineyards.

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« Reply #31 on: June 09, 2021, 11:31:31 »
I know Bordeaux mixture is accepted organically but I don't use anything on my crops and was shocked to see these plants more blue than green.  They looked like a doctored pic for blue roses or tomatoes from a dodgy Chinese seed selling site.
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