Useful Advice on Various Gardening Topics
Updated 13th Sept 2018
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Seed Potato Information Variety Tuber Characteristics Texture Cooking Qualities Blight Other Comments Lady Christl First Early AGM Pale yellow skin and flesh, oval, medium sized tubers Waxy / creamy Boiling new potato, good flavour Moderate Ready to harvest 10-13 weeks after planting. High yield. Charlotte Second early salad Long yellow skin with yellow flesh Firm / waxy Boiling salad potato, good taste Moderate A favourite amongst EHS members Desiree Early Main  Crop Oval tubers with red skin  and firm pale yellow flesh Firm / flowery Boiling, frying, chipping, baking, mashing roasting Moderate Heavy cropping. Good draught resistance. Nicola Salad Second early Long, waxy, oval-shaped tubers,  light yellow flesh,  thin light brown skin Nicola Charlotte Desiree Waxy Boiling.  Ideal for salads.   Excellent flavour Fair Resistant to scab  and eelworm.  Suitable for  patio growing.
Y ou might be interested in a free little gardening advice tool we’ve created. It is a fruit tree pollination checker which you can find at https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/gardening-advice/fruit-tree-advice/pollinationchecker . You will see that it is easy to use and that it covers most types of topfruit that you can grow in the UK. When you've selected a fruit (apple, pear etc) you just choose your variety and you're presented with a list of compatible pollinators. Many gardeners are either ignorant of the importance of pollination for good crops or think it a dark, confusing art. Well, this tool deals with the problem and is free to use as often as any of your members could want. And if any of them use it, then as a welcome we are also offering a 15% discount on anything they choose to buy from us. Would this be of interest? If so, I can send over the discount code. Kind regards, Julien de Bosdari Ashridge Trees Grove Cross Barn, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7NJ Telephone: 01963 359444 Website: https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/
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This can also apply to online purchases from sites which are not part of the Horticultural Trades Associations. You may have read in Gardening magazines or the daily newspapers about XYLELLA FASTIDISA. THIS IS A VIRULENT BACTERIUM WHICH ATTACKS PLANTS. This can eventually destroy plants and could run through gardens. It is currently present in parts of Italy and Spain, it is carried on olive trees, cherries, lavender, rosemary and figs. If it arrives in the UK it is a threat to many species. When you purchase plants check where they were grown and try to patronise the many local nurseries which produce their own stock . Suzanne Holroyd
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We are short of 1 litre bottles to distribute Maxi Crop. Would members be kind enough to bring their own 1 litre bottle when they want to purchase Maxi Crop or if they are no longer using the product and have 1 litre bottles in their sheds perhaps they could drop them into the hut on a Sunday between 10am and 12 noon.
Emsworth Horticultural Society