Archive for July, 2011

Garlic & potatoes: first the bad news

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Iberian Wight garlic: 27 lifted 19.06.11; 5 discarded with white rot; from 27 planted 15.10.10. These are second generation: 27 parents lifted 02.07.10 from 24 planted Nov 09. BUT the Solent Wight, from Pennard Plants, have not fared well. MOST have white rot, only 13 out of 43 were cropped successfully. It’s looking bad and we don’t know why. Have the spores come in the compost (from Dimmer, surely incinerated?) or the manure? Or rested in the soil – we have a photo of the Pope’s garden, c. 200? showing aliums in that very spot. Charles says the spores last 6 years, others, on the Web, say 20! Paul & Jenny too, have the same problem. This is maybe a major problem: garlic we do love and had seen it as a premium crop.
Myatt’s Ashleaf Kidney (1804) potato: 3 plants lifted 19.06.11 & the same each week thereafter: av. 2 kilo per seed spud. Planted 06.03.11. A delightful early spud, tho’ floury not waxy.

Iberian Wight garlic: 27 bulbs lifted 19 June; five discarded with white rot; from 27 planted 15.10.10. These are second generation: 27 parents were lifted 02.07.10 from 24 grandparents from Pennard Plants, planted Nov 09.

But the new Solent Wight, also from Pennard Plants, planted January 2011, have not fared well. Most have white rot, with only 13 successful bulbs out of 43 planted. It’s bad and we don’t know why. Have the spores come in the compost (from Dimmer, surely incinerated?) or the manure? Or has it rested in the soil – we have a photo of the Pope’s garden, c.2003, showing flowering aliums in that very spot . . . Charles says the spores can last in the soil 6 years; others, on the web, say 20! Paul & Jenny too, have the same problem. This is a major problem: garlic we love and had hopes for it as an ongoing premium crop.

The good news: Myatt’s Ashleaf Kidney (1804) potatoes: three plants lifted 19 June & the same each week thereafter: av. 2 kilo per seed potato. Thankfully those fruits (see Blighters, 15 June) seem not to have caused problems. Planted 06.03.11. A delightful early spud, tho’ floury not waxy.

plot-layout-08.07.11

Weather report 3

Friday, July 1st, 2011

weather report june 2011