Monday, June 29
Sunday, June 28
If you garden a plot on Green Lane Allotments site and would like photographs of your plot to feature on this page, either send me the photos direct or why not create an online album, (such as Picasa) and send me the code to embed the album. If you don't know how to do this see me on site. If you like you can send me some text to accompany your photos too.
If you have a plot or grow elsewhere then you may like to join those who have already sent photos click here to view.
Thursday, June 25
Excitement this week as the kiwi flowered for the first time. Maybe the degree of excitement was excessive taking into account that there were only five buds on the two plants and so far only three had actually opened. The chance of any fruit is very unlikely but it is a step in the right direction and who knows – next year the plants may be dripping with flowers!
We are now really beginning to reap what we have sown and harvesting is now as much a feature of our week as the planting and weeding.
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Monday, June 22
Also please continue to make contact if you are affected this year or if any of your plants (especially potatoes) seem to be suffering from hormonal herbicide contamination in spite of having had no contact with manure.
Friday, June 19
Tuesday, June 16
Friday, June 12
The robin below was photographed having a good bath in our garden.
Thursday, June 11
Please continue to send report to me for inclusion. I'm particularly interested in any reports where anyone has noticed symptoms of herbicide damage in crops where manure hasn't been used. In particular potato crops.
At the beginning of the week we were in midsummer with temperatures of 26°C and it was more comfortable to garden in the shade of the gazebo. Then the temperature plummeted and the weather changed and we were left to wonder whether it was winter, autumn or early spring. Goodness knows what the plants made of it all but thankfully they carried on growing regardless.
Tuesday, June 9
Also on display are many items used by earlier gardeners.
Monday, June 8
Sunday, June 7
5. Agenda Item 5: Applications for the use of ‘Forefront’ and ‘Runway’ (now known as ‘Mileway’) water in oil emulsion formulations containing 30 g/l aminopyralid and 100 g/l fluroxypyr, as an agricultural herbicide and horticultural/industrial herbicide on grassland and amenity grassland [ACP 7 (337/2009)]
5.1 Members considered the applications for the re-instatement of approvals for products containing aminopyralid.
5.2 Members agreed that the applicant had taken all reasonable steps to manage manure contaminated with residues, through the proposed stewardship campaign, training and monitoring. However, there was some concern about the practicalities of the programme which would need to be addressed and closely monitored as part of the stewardship programme.
5.3 Members noted that aminopyralid was persistent in ground water, and that further confirmation of the effect of irrigating vulnerable crops from ground water sources was required.
5.4 Members were also concerned that approval in Europe could result in UK stewardship measures being by-passed. Further information was requested from the applicant about the level of approval and stewardship requirements across the EU
5.5 Subject to satisfactory resolution of these outstanding questions, members were minded to advise Ministers to re-instate approvals.
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Friday, June 5
Pat and Joe put their hearts and souls into their vegetable plot and it shows!
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Be warned at least one photo is X-rated.
Thursday, June 4
The final week of May's diary is now posted on the website - better late than never. This includes our May photo album.
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