Frank Mercer FNVS

by on August 2, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

I had a phone call this morning from Miles Mercer to say that his father had passed away last Friday. Frank was 84 and lived on the Wirral. He was a brilliant vegetable grower with an allotment that many would be proud to have as a front garden. Frank was one of the few early […]

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Tatton Park Show

by on July 29, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

Every time I judge the RHS Tatton Park Sumer Show I find that the vegetables appear to be fresher than at any other show. A classic case of this were the dish of Broad Beans shown by Gordon Lucas from Crewe. The nine pods were really bright green with 9 beans in the pod that […]

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Trial on Scab

by on July 21, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

Further to my earlier article on Common Scab and as a reply to Simon Smith, I did a trial last Spring on two Kestrel potatoes that had scab, one had far too much scab on for exhibition and the other was even worse and just fit for pigs! I planted both in my own potato […]

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Parsnips and Potatoes

by on July 19, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

  I was quite a bit later than usual in sowing my parsnips this year, this was deliberate as I only needed them for my display at Malvern during the last weekend in September. I would normally sow them on or around the 7th February but as Victor is an early variety I thought that […]

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Weather etc.

by on July 6, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

We’ve just had  a lovely penetrating shower of rain this morning that I was really thankful for, we have had very little rain here on the island over the past month and when we lift the potatoes from the field they come up clean as a whistle with not a bit of soil attached to […]

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New Show Tomato.

by on June 25, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

I have just had some pictures sent me from a grower of  a possible new tomato that, if it’s released in time, will be in my new catalogue for next season. It produces show size fruit with a calyx that spans the whole width of the tomato with a plus feature that it tastes lovely […]

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The return of Tomato Zenith

by on June 20, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

I was informed by the breeder of the show winning tomato Zenith that it’s now available to me once more after much pressure from myself to have it re instated. The phone calls I had expressing disappointment from growers regarding its demise from last years shop speaks volumes regarding it’s superb quality in every way.  […]

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Carrot Fly – Protection

by on June 17, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

I have had far more problems with carrot fly since I have been growing down on my land than I ever did whilst growing them at home. If you read some of the gardening books they will tell you that the carrot fly won’t fly over a two foot barrier of polythene erected around the […]

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Ecothrive – Charge – Organic Soil Conditioner and Bio-Stimulant

by on January 29, 2015
in Vegetable Growing

Ecothrive – Charge –  is  a product created by Gareth Hopcroft and is fast becoming well recognised by many top growers within the gardening world and in particular with NVS members.  I have to admit that I had nver heard of ‘Charge’ as it’s generaly called until I hard Gareth Cameron extoling it’s virues at […]

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Work in Progress

by on December 19, 2014
in Vegetable Growing

All the onions are now germinated at the greenhouse in Bangor with Peter Glazebrook’s World Record breaking onions  have just been pricked out into 60 cells using Levington F2S. It really is quite amazing how a well lit and well heated glass house can bring on plants without any hindrance whatsoever. The greenhouse they are […]

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