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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What Uncle Tagwex doesn't tell you, FionnG, is that like me he only has two mouths to feed - but gardens as though he's a market gardener. His own admission to this is on the forum somewhere.

Generally speaking, spuds are fairly cheap to buy so I grow a couple of shortish rows of second earlies that last us until the maincrops hit the supermarkets. I steadfastly refuse to poison my ground with spray but have successfully thwarted blight for the last two years by buying a length of wide fleece that I stretch over my crop as soon as the flowers appear. You must make your own decision but please don't be bullied into thinking you MUST spray - unless you want to mount a challenge to Tagwex.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle????
There may only be two mouths in this house but there are others elsewhere.
At some point a few short drills turns into an unfleeceable amount and even you would then consider spraying.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually I wouldn't spray. I'd rather buy my spuds (if that's not being a hypocrite).
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But that is not gardening.
What do you think the commercial growers do, and you are buying from them?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nowt I can do about what they do but my soil remains unpolluted. If it makes me a hypocrite, so be it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are a totally green man, to be applauded.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plant broad beans between the potato seeds
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would they take to be being sprayed for blight?
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonj wrote:
I plant broad beans between the potato seeds


Successfully? This sounds like a great idea. Do you put the beans down in autumn or spring?
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beans should be planted in November, i know the packets say up to April but the blackfly will have them ruined by June/July if they are not at a substantial size by then. Radish would be another quick growing crop between the spuds, also a turnip called atlantic 3 which can be picked in 8 weeks.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe I'm speaking too soon or tempting Providence, but I haven't seen a blackfly or whitefly in the ten years we've been here so my broad beans go in in March/April with most of the other stuff. However, Tagwex Is right if you're in an area where aphids thrive, by planting in November they are more resistant to infestation.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: DO NOT SPRAY Reply with quote

@FionnG - I have grown Sarpo and Orla without spraying for 10 years now and never had a sign of blight, just a few false alarms due to sun/rain damage. I have gone off the taste of the Sarpo and only grow Orla now as early and main crop. If I had to spray or add any chemical to any of my crops I wouldn't bother putting in all the effort growing my own, Aldi and Lidl have very cheap chemically grown vegetables if that is what you are after. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look who is back again. Been a while???
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed Ya lots.

And I never got to Sexy-Wex to see your homestead last year.

Maybe this year????
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ehhhhh that was two years ago. But I like the sexy bit! Very me!!!
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