Phil Gardener

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Near Philadelphia, PA
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Not to take us too far off topic, but on a whim over Thanksgiving I heard about coating a turkey with mayonnaise and did it.  Probably the best roast turkey I ever had!  Am going to try on a chicken next.
5 days ago
Great looking bed!  Those plants look really healthy and growing under a cover can reduce foliar diseases.

The alkaline materials in wood ash are water soluble and can wash out (potters do that when making wood-ash based glazes) so it is primarily fresh wood ash that will push the pH up when you apply it to the garden.  It also is difficult to make assumptions about the actual pH in your soils unless you have have them tested (state Ag programs used to do this for free or a low fee); to reduce incidence of scab there seems to be a consensus that you need to be below pH 5.2

The varietal effects make sense - diversifying into scab resistant varieties (and equally, away from scab prone ones as they raise the disease burden in your garden), and rotating where you are growing them year to year with non-solanaceous crops (no tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers or eggplant), should help.  Well-composted materials are great to add nutrients and condition your soils, and clearly your plants are benefiting from that.
Scab is caused by a bacterium that can be controlled by adjusting your soil's pH into a more acidic range.  Avoid using lime or other materials like wood ash that will make your soils more basic.

Thick skinned varieties tend to be more resistant to infection as well.

How are you venting the greenhouse during the summer (hinged panels near the top?)
Do you have plans for a shelter over your outside heater?

Looking forward to seeing updates on your project!

1 week ago

Travis Johnson wrote:What is the difference between an Onion and a Banjo?

No one cries when they cut up a banjo!

When I was growing up we didn't have a banjo, but we used a mandoline in the kitchen!
1 week ago
Just a few for those holiday spirits who didn't get enough (yet):

What do you call a running turkey?
Fast food.

Why can't you take a turkey to church?
They use FOWL language.

Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive?
It had 24 carrots.

What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy! I'm stuffed!

What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo?
A bird that can pluck itself!

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks

1 week ago

Carla Konwinski wrote:What is irish and sits in the sun?
   Paddy o' furniture

Wait, that's an old joke (6 years!)
1 week ago

Skandi Rogers wrote:I think you probably got them fast enough, set them outside now, it's a much better temperature out there (if you are in the UK as it sounds) 20C is certainly not what he means by "cool" I've not re-read to check but I seem to remember he means 10C and under.

But make sure any animals don't get to it before you do :0
2 weeks ago
Apparently it is sensitive to overwatering.  Probably wants as much light as you can give it!  Propagation is by softwood cuttings, so if it gets out of hand, just make more :) and share with your friends :)
2 weeks ago