Thursday, 27 June 2013

Во саду ли, в огороде.

- The most popular veggie that people grow in their gardens is tomatoes. Then cucumbers, then bell peppers.
- If you grow the veggie for its leaves (spinach, lettuce, kale) you need partial shade. Everything else can use full sun.
- Carrots hate to grow near strawberries. Beets like to grow near anything. And more.
- An easy way to practice crop rotation: for each area of your garden choose root, fruit, or leaf. Swap them each year. So the root section would grow onions, carrots, etc; fruit would grow broccoli, bell peppers, etc; and leaf would grow all greens.

The varieties of tomatoes.

There are two basic types of tomato
The first are called ‘Determinate’ or Bush types.
The second type are called ‘Indeterminate’ commonly called Cordon or Vine tomatoes.
Jersey Devil*
Romany Striped

(For me that's (1) not large (2) Not too dark (black/purple) in color. I do not grow Supermarket type tomatoes i.e. red golf ball size)

Tomatoes blight.

Try growing cultivars such
as 'Ferline', 'Legend' and 'Fantasio', which have some blight resistance.
All that said, there is hope for outdoor growers. A wilder Mexican tomato called Matt's Wild Cherry shows signs of resistance; another is Koralik, a sprawling bush tomato (the type where you don't have to pinch out side shoots) closely related to Matt's. Both have tiny cherry tomatoes.

Ferline and Legend are F1 cordons (the type where you do pinch out the side shoots) that were bred in Oregon, where blight is a common problem. They are not immune to blight, but are very early fruiting, so you get a tomato salad or two before your chutney-making begins.

Poor air circulation compounds the problem, so if your plants are in pots, give them plenty of space; in the ground, aim for 1-1.5m apart. There is some anecdotal evidence that a solution of 50/50 milk and water sprayed weekly helps to keep the spores at bay. And feed pot plants weekly with comfrey or liquid seaweed, to keep the plants' strength up.

How to get rid of white fly.

Листья ревеня (или цветы бузины) сварить, остудить, процедить смесь и раствором 20:1 опрыскивать растения.
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Seeds - Simpson’s, Plants of Distinction, Tamar, Plant World Seeds gardens.
- Unfortunately with some of the best tomatoes you cannot buy organic seed so only from the second year of my own growing can they be considered truly organic.
- end of February or the start of March is about right for sowing.
The seed trays are put in a propagator and the plants are pricked out into 9cm terracotta pots when the third leaf appears.
Feeding starts intermittently then, (see web site for Liquid feeds) until the end of May when they are planted out into 30 cm (12 inches) terracotta pots in the main polytunnel.
From here on in they get my standard feed every day.
- The reason I only fill the pots half full with compost is I want to ‘stress’ the plant. Plants that are stressed often produce their best fruit in a last ditch effort of life. This stressing is not easy and requires a little practice as it can be a fine balance between success and failure and it is very easy to end up with small yellow tomato plants. The feed has to be constant and of a good quality so that the plant actually flourishes rather than dies. Stressing is a bit of a knack but CAN produce great fruit.
- I remove the bottom leaves only to get them out of the way so as not to splash water on them when watering. Tomato blight needs wet leaves to enter the plant and so by not wetting any of the leaves you have a very good chance of not getting blight later on. You needn’t do this if you are really careful with watering.
- After final repotting and once the compost has settled down I cover it with some fine OLD wood chips.
That’s about it for the preparation. Now it is just keeping up the watering and feeding.

Apart from my home made potting compost I only use the three feeds mentioned on the web site under Liquid Feeds.
Once I start watering I add ONE of these liquid feeds every day.
- To start with I use the nettle juice daily. This carries on until the end of June.
- July will be mostly comfrey but towards the end I will progress to Wood Ash.
In all the plants are fed like this every day for 3 months.

- On a hot day in June or July a 2 gallon watering can is sufficient for 8 plants watered around mid day.
- If the weather is exceptional I will go round again in the late afternoon (as the water will be hot again by then) with plain hot water at perhaps a 2 gallon watering can will do 12 to 16 plants.
- On overcast days if it’s raining I may just give them a splash at midday.
If my terracotta pots start turning green (even the tiniest amount) then I’m over watering, if the top of the compost is dry then I’m under watering.
do not put any of the plants on the compost heap, I throw the plants away..
Author - Richard Sandford- Lower Lovetts Farm.
" Kumato seeds are not available commercially, and the company that produces Kumato, Syngenta, has said they will never make the seeds available to the public.
As you can imagine, this announcement generated a large amount of interest in the Kumato and its possible lineage. While most likely a hybrid, some have speculated that it is an OP variety. In case you have not heard of Kumato, it is a "black" tomato introduced last year available only in Europe and Australia that is supposed to have a good shelf life. From its incredible sales last year in Sainsbury's grocery stores (the only stores to sell the Kumato), it was a very popular introduction. "


Народные методы борьбы с ними - красный перец и горчичный порошок.

Monday, 24 June 2013

10 «легких» трав для вашего сада.

Садовое обозрение - 10 «легких» трав для вашего сада:
Однолетники - самосев:
Kервель - French parsley (Chervil)

- душица (Origanum),
- иссоп (Hyssopus Hyssop),
- лофант (Agastache foeniculum),
- монарда (bergamot),
- мята,
- тимьян
- эстрагон -полынь эстрагонная, или тархун (Tarragon).

Chilli Seeds

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Что растет на огороде...

Там, на клумбе, то есть грядке,
В строгом все растет порядке.

1. Это сооружение называется "fruit cages". То есть смородина трех сортов укрыта от птиц.
И наши велосипедики!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Календарь садовода-огородника садовода-огородника.

Growing lavender.

Yorkshire Lavender - growing lavender tips & ideas:
When to cut back my lavender?

You want to be cutting back your  Angustifolia and Intermedia lavenders after the lavender has finished its flowering for the summer, in the UK this is usually around the end of August to the start of September, we suggest 15th September between 10 and 11am! Cut down to about half an inch above the hard word, and you should see new growth within a few weeks. Some Intermedia plants will still be in flower November, these should be left and cut back in mid March/April an inch above the old wood. The Stoechas (French,Spanish) lavenders :- Dead head throughout the summer,this will encourage a long flowering season.Cut back half the green growth in spring.

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Фата для репки и редиска круглый год.

Садовое обозрение - Фата для репки:
"Кстати, чтобы баловать свое семейство редисом даже в летнюю жару, сею белоплодные среднепоздние сорта и устанавливаю над грядкой дуги. В 7 часов вечера на дуги набрасываю черный нетканый материал плотностью 60 г на кв.м., а снимаю его утром, в 8-9 часов. В результате сокращения светового дня при регулярном поливе редиска вырастает сочная, плотная, с освежающей горчинкой."

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Шнитт-лук. Сhive.

Многолетний шнитт-лук называют также лук-резанец. Это прекрасное декоративное растение, нетребовательное и очень привлекательное внешне. Размножается семенами и делением куста. Тоненькие трубчатые листья шнитт-лука появляются, едва сходит снег. Нежные и сочные, они практически лишены горечи и очень приятны на вкус.

Цветущий шнитт-лук весьма декоративен, но его листья при этом становятся грубыми и для еды непригодными. По окончании цветения желательно коротко обрезать наземную часть растения, и очень быстро зелень отрастет вновь. Шнитт-лук пригоден для зимней выгонки в домашних условиях.

Лук: многообразие видов
Шнитт-лук или лук-резанец, лук-скорода. Сhive.

Sunday, 16 June 2013


Plant tomato seedlings in spring for one of the best tastes of summer, fresh from your backyard:
I have the best way of growing small sweet tomatoes ever! (actually, I learned how from Jerry Baker)
So, it goes like this:
Dig a hole thigh-deep..yes, that deep! (about 20-24 diameter).
Cut a piece of 2" pvc pipe that once in the hole, still comes up to a comfortable height to stick the water hose in w/out having to bend over too far. (great for us w/knee problems!)
Leave in hole, at an angle (not straight up and down) Now, add 1/2 bag chopped corn cobs (from your local feed store)(no can do/find? use 1/2 of bag hay pellets---we're talking 50 pound bags) in the hole, leaving the pvc pipe in.
Now add 1/2 bag steer manure on top of chopped cobs, mixing the other 1/2 bag steer manure w/the dirt from the hole.
Add this mixture on top of what's already in hole, fill to top of, scoop w/hands, 3 holes in a triangle, (over the hole you've dug) for 3 tomato plants---making sure the holes are deep enough that roots are straight down, not curled.
Arrange the dirt to mound slightly away from plant's main trunk.
Taking 1/2 of a "hog panel" (from the local feed store), and using plastic zip ties, connect the 2 ends together (of just 1/2 a panel! Don't use both halves!)---which makes a big "cage". (share the other 1/2 hog panel or, if you are raising toms for profit, make another hole as above) Center middle of cage over the plants in hole.....carefully letting pvc pipe stick thru a square at correct height (Do not pull out!) .... using tent stakes, secure cage to ground. Now, for the amaZing part! Stick water hose in pvc pipe and turn on the water----ONLY until the water bubbles slightly on top of ground! STOP immediately!
Water ONLY down the pvc pipe! No more sprinklers! Every year I do this, I get thousands of the best tasting tomatoes----plenty to share!
This cage will be completly filled w/sturdy tomatoes---I'll try and post the pic showing that it gets 5 foot tall, and of course, no way can you fit your arms around half of the support cage. Once in awhile, you may have to help gently move a "limb" thru a hole in cage support.
Once a week, I add 2 TBL Miracle Grow in the pipe, b4 adding the water hose....remember----ONLY WATER UNTIL YOU SEE THE SLIGHTEST BUBBLING COMING TO SURFACE.
Water according to your local weather----a lil more in dry states, not as often in humid areas.
My cousin in Arkansas did this for the first time last year, and could'nt believe how many thousands of the best tasting toms she'd ever grown! (I live in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, just at the edge of where the evergreens stop and the desert starts)
Happy Gardening!

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Container Growing – New Product to the UK

Container Growing – New Product to the UK:
- Sub-irrigated planter Here!
- How (and Why) To Make a SIP* Here!
- homemade "self-contained gardening system" - here!
- Earthbox Gardening - here!
- Herb Planters or Propagators Here!
- Container Vegetable Gardening Here!
- flickr rooftop vegetables.
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bokashi Composting.

Bokashi Composting HQBokashi Composting » Bokashi Composting HQ:
Bokashi Composting Instructions
1) Start by sprinkling a little bit of Bokashi bran over the bottom of the Bokashi bin. A small handful should be enough.

2) Add a layer of food waste to the bin. Cut up any large items that you’re adding, as this will speed up the process. Golf ball sized or smaller is good. It’s fine to add meat, fish, dairy, cooked or uncooked foods but try not to add anything with lots of moisture, like milk or juice.

3) Sprinkle another handful of Bokashi bran over the food waste.

4) Press down on the food waste with a flat plate, masher or something similar. By doing this, you’re trying to remove some of the trapped air, and roughly level the surface of the food waste.
5) Put the lid on your Bokashi bin. The lid should be airtight, minimising the amount of air coming into contact with the food waste.

6) Continue to add food waste and Bokashi bran in layers. Keep going until the Bokashi bin is full.

7) Every 2 or 3 days, drain any excess liquid from the Bokashi bin. Do this while you are still filling the bin in layers, and also when it is full. Most bins have a tap for this purpose. For maximum effectiveness, the collected Bokashi Juice should be used within 24 hours.

8) When full, leave the Bokashi bin with its lid tightly sealed for 2 weeks. Bokashi Juice should continue to be drained off during this time.

9) After 2 weeks, the Bokashi compost will be ready to use.

That’s all there is to it. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be recycling 100% of your food waste.
Just Like My Nan Made: Make your own Bokashi Powder: Just Like My Nan Made: Make your own Bokashi Powder.

joy ever after :: details that make life loveable :: - Journal - diy bokashi bucket composting: diy bokashi bucket composting.

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Home-made Insecticides

Home-made Insecticides:

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Best Way to Store Leeks.

How Long to Keep / Best Way to Store Leeks — Fresh, Raw | - Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide:
Leek culture
-Sow leeks indoors in late winter for fall harvest. Start more leeks in August for spring harvest.
-Grow them in soil that has plenty of compost and nitrogen.
-Don’t let leeks lack for water.
-Once leeks start growing, hill them up every 2 weeks to get more of the white part.

Watering well is important. I soak my beds twice a week. Leeks that suffer from lack of moisture grow unevenly, and have a stronger taste and pithier texture.

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