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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Greetings From County Down ! Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I am David from Downpatrick and very happy that a website like this is available to all gardening enthusiasts in Ireland !

Regards,

David Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A warm welcome to IG David, you're right it is a great website.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there davidh from Downpatrick. Hows things up your side.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar_Ape wrote:
A warm welcome to IG David, you're right it is a great website.


Thanks !
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

verge wrote:
Hello there davidh from Downpatrick. Hows things up your side.


Not bad - had a good crop of potatoes this year ! I sowed a Scottish variety called "Valor" - very tasty !
Beetroot, Carrots and Parsnips have all done well but so have the weeds with all this rain we have been having !
Hoping this weekend coming is going to be dry so as I can get some serious weeding done !

Anybody got any tips on growing pine trees from seed ! I have 12 seedlings that have recently been potted up ! I imagine they would be slow to grow anyway ?!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi davidh, I would say patience and more patience would be the best tip!Did you have any blight up North, with the humidity down here I think everyone had it to some degree.Are the valor a blight resistance variety of spud? Idea
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Organicgrowingpains wrote:
Hi davidh, I would say patience and more patience would be the best tip!Did you have any blight up North, with the humidity down here I think everyone had it to some degree.Are the valor a blight resistance variety of spud? Idea


Hi OGP,

Blight has only really taken hold up here in the last 2 weeks or so. Valor is a decent variety and I have not had any problems this year or last ! Although the blight has hit the plant it has not affected the tubers ! I got my seed for Valor from Suttons Seeds in England - check their website for a description. Although I think there seed potatoes aren't uploaded until November or so !

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got my seed for Valor from Suttons Seeds in England



Do they deliver to Ireland davidh? I was under the impression that they don't, but that may have been another supplier with an online shop.

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I found a company through this website called www.ipm.ie who do seed potatoes and have infromation on all the varieties. Seed potatoes wont be available until Spring I think. We sprayed with Bordeaux mixture but then we got the mix for Bluestone which is an old spray you make yourself.I have cut down the haulms and left the tubers in the ground, so Hopefully....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is your mix for Bordeaux/Bluestone spray Organicgrowingpains?
We have the mix for a Burgundy mixture here..... Potato blight, how to treat Phytophthora infestans.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, We got this mix from a Farmer's CO Op in West Cork, Inchybridge.
They gave a mixture for 44 gallons! We brought it down to 10 gallons as follows; 2 1/2 lbs washing soda to 2 lbs of Bluestone.
Mix the Bluestone the night before as it takes a while to break down. the following day mix the washing soda with boiling water ( disolves faster)and mix the two together. It needs to be used within a day or two. To give an idea of price ,we were paying e5.95 for the drum of Bordeaux mix to make 7 litres. this mix made 10 gallons for e5.30! We sprayed every 10 days, all the second earlies were fine it did not go down to the tubers. I did cut down the stalks of the main crop and they are still in the ground. I dug one up a couple of weeks ago out of curiosity and they were fine. I will give an update at the end of the month when we dig them out.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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davidh wrote:
I got my seed for Valor from Suttons Seeds in England



Do they deliver to Ireland davidh? I was under the impression that they don't, but that may have been another supplier with an online shop.


Hi - apologies for the delay ! Yeah they certainly deliver to the North anyway ! Check their website - www.suttons-seeds.com
Another firm worth trying are Thompson Morgan Seeds - they seem to have a wider variety and appear to have links to the RHS ! Only thing is be careful with some things like Garlic - ThompsonMorgan only deliver Garlic to England, Scotland and Wales (dont ask me why !!). Suttons will deliver anything anywhere !
Suttons seed potatoes aregenerally unavailable until Late October/early November !

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