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Organic fertilisers

Taken from: A basic book of self reliance-The concise book of organic growing and small livestock- Meikd & David Watkins. These materials may be purchased. They are natural products and therefore readily assimiable by the plants. N% P% K% Hoof & horn 13 2 Slow release Seaweed  meal 3.5 0.2 2.3 S/release, trace elements Dried blood 13 0.8 Fast acting Fish meal 8 3 Bone meal 3 22 Must be steamed Rock potash 10 Insoluble, ...

Wireworm

I was asked for information on getting rid of an awful attack of Wireworm in a garden. I spoke with Steven Marsh (a potato grower) and he relayed this information.Get hold of some poor tubers, either those which have started to sprout in the bag, or left overs that were too small to plant. Cut these ...

Hot and cold manures

The manual of manures-Henry Vendelmans Farmyard manure differs, further, in accordance with the kind of animal that produces it, and in this respect it is distinguished as "hot" and "cold" manure. That of sheep, for example, is very hot, that of the horse hot. These contain relatively little water and much nitrogenous matter. They are ...

Manures in general

The manual of manures (Taken from Henry Vendelmans- The manual of manures.) Acid- Acids are chemical compounds, having the property when brought in contact with bases, and associating with them, of forming salts, at the same time losing their acidity. An acid soil, therefore, is one in which acid predominates. In other words it is ...

Soil Types

There are five major soil types. Clay, sand, silt, chalk and peat. Most soils are a mixture of these. Clay- Composed of very fine platelets which stick together as a block when dry and when lubricated become a sticky mass. It is normally very fertile. Initially, ...

6 P’s? Prior Preparations Prevents Pretty Poor Performance.

A feature of biodynamic farming is the use of the nine biodynamic preparations described by Steiner for the purpose of enhancing soil quality and stimulating plant life. They consist of mineral, plant, or animal manure extracts, usually fermented and applied in small proportions to compost, manures, the soil, or directly onto plants, after dilution and ...

Rootstocks & Planting guides

Rootstocks for Apple Trees Apple trees grown on their own roots could take up to 15 years before they produce fruit and very few of us would be prepared to wait that long.  In order to accelerate the process apples are usually propagated by grafting or budding onto fast-growing rootstock.  Also, and just as importantly, most ...

Apple Descriptions and Images

APPLE DESCRIPTIONS (ALPHABETICAL ORDER) The number in brackets after the named apple is the catalogue/nursery number Appletown Wonder (82) Dual-Purpose - is a very large, yellow apple, some fruits weighing over 1lb. It has an interesting shape: ribbed and puckered, rather like a Cat's Head Apple. April Queen aka Cider Celadon (31) Dessert - is ...

Growing habit of apples

Uses for the Different Varieties The apples we have classed as cookers are those that have a high proportion of malic acid which, when heated, will break down the cell structure of the apple and create a purée. Those classed as dessert apples (good for eating) have been bred for sweetness and flavour and are less ...

Best 10 Irish Apples

We have put this list together as we are often asked about our favourites. Not all of the trees in the collection have fruited so each year as more fruit is produced the list will change. 1. IRISH PEACH (EARLY CROFTON) Late July/Early August The rest of the summer apples to ripen and one of the ...

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