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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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A day of many weather changes.

24 July 2009 23:16:27
Cauliflower holding well against  the weather.

Cauliflower holding well against the weather.

Had a walk down the garden just after 6.30 am this morning to see how the veg was surviving after both a wet night along with a major attack of slugs and snails with this weather.I took note of any jobs that needed urgent attention.Some tubs,despite drainage etc still had a major wetting.As the Irish Garden Magazine mentioned earlier on today in the kitchen garden section,Potato blight hits.It sure did.I cut away some of the spores to save the tubers.I also noticed blackleg on 2 of the stems.This weather is terrible.A large section of the potatoes are doing fine.Lets hope the sun appears quick.Most of the brassicas are holding well.Spinach,onions beetroot,carrots, doing well.Despite the weather a good section of the peas and beans are holding well.Some have failed.The mulch in some of the veg garden needs sun quick.Today had a few sunny spells with an odd shower in between.Not so bad but we need sunshine,lots of it.In the greenhouse the tomatoes were given a feed.The plan for tomorrow is to extend the area in the greenhouse to suit more tubs by removing some unused timber sections.Afternoon a lorryload of clay arrives,with a large section of the clay to be  barrowed into the second garden.[Not just looking forward to job].It is also to be added to some of the tubs placed near the bottom of the veg garden along with a little sand and compost.


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chilipepper chilipepper 25 July 2009 03:10:26

Hi John, weather is bad right now, blight and stem rot will be a problem with this weather! thankfully we have only grown the early spuds, which are all picked, but do worry about the toms! only good thing is they are all under cover (except the cherry's in the window boxes!) best thing to do is make sure they get plenty of ventilation in this weather..........


milkchurns milkchurns 25 July 2009 09:50:42

good luck will the clay john.all the rain is a real pain.early this week i planted some spud seedling in the polytunnel(to avoid the rain),hope to get a xmas crop.i havent done this before.have you


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 July 2009 21:03:46

Hello Dave, Hard to make out at times the weather.Today was a great day,while in the last few days it was a flop.A major problem is the blight.You are well ahead with the potatoes.I noticed a little blight on one out door tomatoes but not to bad.All kept sprayed with the dithane 945.Good to have them under cover with this weather.I will keep them well ventilated.The greenhouse tomatoes have given no problem.The only small help on they needed at one stage was from a little discolouring on some of the leaves.Magnesium deficiency solved the problem,it deepens the colour,i sprayed the few leaves with some epsom salts[half oz to a pint of water.] We need lots of sunshine and the rain to move off.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 July 2009 21:16:09

I think Paul you may need to send me on lots of that luck.The clay arrived at app 3.30pm.The rain did not appear today but the week gone by sent lots of the stuff.Hope the crop works out at xmas for you.No i never did try it but with a few tips from Chilipepper only just a short while back i hope to have a go this year starting in September.If you have to much sunshine and blue skies could you send some down here fast.


Jacinta Jacinta 25 July 2009 21:50:43

Love the new profile picture, John,.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 25 July 2009 22:04:21

Thanks Jacinta, Getting there a little at a time.


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