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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Thieving on lottie captured on cctv
« Last post by grinling on Yesterday at 18:54 »
We had someone who was a long timer caught stealing. Key removed and booted from site immediatly
Grow Your Own / Thornless Blackberry Q
« Last post by AndyRVTR on Yesterday at 18:46 »
Hi all, Mrs R bought a thornless blackberry plant earlier in the year and I've been helping it along by training the runners along wires but I really don't have a clue what to do with it. Anyone any ideas about what to do please?
Grow Your Own / Re: Late sowings of coriander / parsley
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 18:28 »
This link says coriander can tolerate down to 10 degrees F (-12 C in new money). 
Oops . . . forgot the link:
Grow Your Own / Re: Blight Question
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 18:22 »
Until the past year or so, the conventional wisdom was that blight can only survive on living plant tissue. so it was considered safe to compost blight-affected plants remains.

The situation in the UK is not quite as certain now, according to the RHS:

" ...This is why it is preferable to dispose of waste from blighted crops in other ways. Municipal and commercial composting systems reach the very high temperatures necessary to kill oospores and other resilient pathogen propagules."

(Full article:

The risk of blight persisting in your soil, either outside or inside is therefore still very low at the moment - the main precaution I take is to bin rather than compost the remains of my tomatoes and potatoes.

I agree.  I do remove and send my tomato haulms to our municipal compost, which is high temperature.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Covid booster
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 18:10 »
Currently our rules limit the booster to those over 65.  I'm not there yet.  However, they may drop the age limit later this year.  I'll get the booster when I'm allowed.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea 2021?
« Last post by Plot 1 Problems on Yesterday at 17:49 »
Toad in the hole, peas and spon stonding.
Grow Your Own / Re: Early purple sprouting broccoli
« Last post by Growster... on Yesterday at 17:49 »
Our PSB has a problem with loads of holes all over the leaves, and they're far to leggy.

I planted them in a shady place, so that explains the 'legs', but there aren't any caterpiller in sight, and no pigeons.

I guess I've got it wrong badly this time around...
General Gardening / Re: Last grass cutting
« Last post by Growster... on Yesterday at 17:41 »
I did mine last week, and cleaned off mower.  I am sure it is still growing though.   Mrs Bouquet

I think it does better during the winter when it is slightly longer, Mrs B.

My old mower used to shave the stuff, but this one seems to make a better fist of it, while not bashing the grass about too much, so I may well just get an 'angora' look going and see what happens!
Grow Your Own / Re: A plague of toadstools/mushrooms
« Last post by Subversive_plot on Yesterday at 17:36 »
I'm blessed with an abundance of wild fungi in my raised beds, helping with decomposition.  Every bed has little birds nest fungi, and 2 of 3 beds also have "toadstools".

I'm jealous of the puffballs; I don't know if your local ones are edible, but our giant puffball Calvatia gigantea is excellent if picked while young and white all the way through.  Most of the ones I find are 20 cm across or smaller, but I once found a puffball the size of a basketball.  WIkipedia says they can grow to 90 cm.
I agree Rowland.
As indicated in that link, they advise either composting at high temperature, or overwintering (equal to well-rotted, as you say, IMO).  Same with the advice on herbicides; I assumed in my first post that bobbyt already knows whether or not there are herbicide problems, since the manure was delivered directly from the stables.
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