Sunday, 15 April 2012
More cold weather
Well we've had frost and hail showers this week which has checked my onions from sets and shallots, today I got some of my show tatties in my NVS Sherine and The Bishop. Hopefully I'll get more in during the coming week. This year I've gone for a ready mix from Iain Barbour at JBA instead of shredding my own peat and adding fertiliser. I did however add a little nutrimate to see if that helps me get more even sized tubers. I also reduced the shoots to three per seed potato, this is a first for me as well. Its now a matter of making sure I get the watering right as I made a few mistakes last year. I'm hoping to be able to take two dishes to the Scottish branch show at Kelso on the 26th August but there is a lot of growing to be done between now and then. I've also potted on my second sowing of Celery, here's hoping I don't have the same problems as I had with my first batch, where I lost three quarters of the plants. a number of growers on the NVS forum thought my problem sounded like damping off, however having spoken with a former National winner we have concluded I might have been a little rough with them at pricking out stage and spraying with SB invigorator probably was not a good idea. The 8 plants I've got from my first batch are growing on strongly and I've got clips on them. I'll get some photos up tomorrow night when I find my camera lead.