All posts by Laura M

Online gardening workshops

Each one-hour presentation uses Zoom in full screen mode which is like having a speaker project onto a screen. It includes video, images, and sound as appropriate. There is a question and answer session at the end where participants can ask questions or go over specific points again.
 
There are three linked presentations covering composting, organic growing and microbed gardening.
Organic1, Thursday 19 November 2020 at 7.30pm Please email us to register your interest.
Understand why organic gardening is more sustainable, better for the environment and produces healthier and more productive soils. Suitable for beginners and those who want to learn about the latest soil management techniques.

Microbed1, Thursday 7 January 2021 at 7.30pm Please email us to register your interest.
Microbed gardening – uses raised beds that are just one metre square, Colin pioneered this way of growing. He has been running trials over several years and continually producing amazing yields including over 14kg of potatoes and 10kg of onions. His current garden of about 16 square metres in on track to produce over 100Kg of food this year.
 
Compost2, Thursday 11 February 2021.  Please email us to register your interest.
Compost – Make compost in as little as 8 weeks. Learn how to use it to improve soil fertility and soil structure. Colin is a master composter in every sense and has been making hot compost for 30 years.
 
Colin Shaw has been an organic gardener for over 30 years. He has written articles for gardening magazines in the UK including Kitchen Garden and Gardeners World. He was a freelance photojournalist for many years working for professional horticulture magazines in the US and Australia. He wrote the chapter on soil in the HDRA Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening and the Rodale Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening. He has also talked to many gardening clubs and societies.
 
More information can be found at http://www.organicgarden.org.uk/online-workshops/

There is no charge but we would appreciate a donation towards the cost of the Zoom account  funded by http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk and the http://www.organicgarden.org.uk  web site.

Potato seed trials

As potato days around the country are cancelled so Alan Romans is offering seed potatoes which are part of the project he has been promoting for a few years now, trying to raise the next generation of blight resistors in association with the Sarvari Trust. He writes ‘I have combined 3 groups of parents to get 3 different sources of blight resistance over 3/4 years. My technique has greatly improved this season and I have thousands of seeds. I can cope with 100/200 of them at most. Nearly all of the progeny will have some blight resistance with a few having great resistance.

Most will be modern maincrop/ late maincrop ie not daylength dependent for tuberization (like eg Golden Wonder) and could have large yield potential.
To stand a fair chance of useful tubers in one season I would sow the seed in February like tomato seeds in a propagator and plant out as soon as conditions permit. Allow at least 12″ between plants if looking for size. I cram the seedlings as close together as I can to give me more to assess and am happy to get a few minitubers of the more promising to plant on in the following year. I am always impressed by how vigorous the little seedlings are.

My seed, so far, has been very good for one year but then loses much of its viability by year 2 – hence my apparent selfless generosity! It would be great if any members interested would join our very informal group and look out for commercial quality tubers coming from very blight resistant plants, which could be assessed at Bangor University in the future. Good but not essential – I am not getting any younger and the more my crosses get out there the more chance there is that something gets passed on. Regards, Alan Romans’
If you are interested in this project get in touch via mail@wyog.org

Potato Day 2021

Sadly we have had to cancel next year’s potato day as we cannot get a suitable venue to deal with pre-orders and collection. 

We can offer to order whole sacks for you and get them delivered to Northcliffe Allotments in Shipley, and then they can be collected from there or delivered by WYOG to you on 13th February. You can choose from the list from SKEA or WCF; WCF offer the option to have a sack which is already prepacked into 8 x 2.5k or 10 x2 k – so you could easily split one with other people. The cost would be the wholesale price plus 20% for delivery costs. The lists are below (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the print page button), but if you would prefer me to email you a copy then please just let me know. We would need your order, and second choice, by 18thNovember, and you would need to have paid by 25th Nov. Peter Taylor is dealing with all the order and monies and can offer any help you need. Contact him on sueandpetertaylor@yahoo.co.uk

WCF Order form 2020-21

First Early25kQuantity
Abbott20.00 
Accord20.00 
Arran Pilot17.25 
Casablanca19.00 
Duke of York17.50 
Foremost17.25 
Homeguard18.50 
Lady Christi21.00 
Maris Bard19.50 
Pentland Javelin17.00 
Red Duke of York17.50 
Rocket18.50 
Sharpes Express17.50 
Swift19.00 
Winston18.50 
Organic Colleen23.00 
Second Early  
British Queen19.00 
Estima16.50 
Gemson18.50 
Kestrel18.50 
Marfona19.00 
Maris Peer16.50 
Nadine18.50 
Spunta20.50 
Wilja18.00 
Salad  
Charlotte17.00 
International Kidney19.00 
Jazzy21.00 
Nicola17.00 
Pink Fir Apple22.50 
Main crop   
Acoustic20.50 
Cara17.50 
Carolus22.00 
Desiree16.50 
Golden Wonder20.00 
Kerrs Pink19.00 
Kingsman19.50 
King Edward16.50 
Maris Piper16.50 
Markies20.50 
Maxine19.00 
Picasso18.00 
Record19.00 
Sarpo Mira22.50 
Setanta20.00 
Stemster18.50 
Vales Sovereign20.50 
Valor18.50 
Organic Pink Gypsy24.00 
Skea organic SeedPriceQuantity
First Early Varieties  
Casablanca20.50 
Colleen20.50 
Maris Bard20.50 
Second Early/ salad types  
Bambino20.50 
Charlotte20.50 
Maris Piper20.50 
Nicola20.50 
Twinner23.00 
Early maincrop  
Alouette23.00 
Ambo20.50 
Gatsby20.50 
Mary’s Rose20.50 
Orla20.50 
Sante20.50 
Sarpo Una20,50 
Main crop  
Cara20.50 
Carolus23.00 
Pink Gypsy20.50 
Record20.50 
Main crop reds  
Robinta20.50 
Sarpo Axona20.50 
Sarpo Mira20.50 
Setanta20.50 
Sunset20.50 
Speciality and Heritage  
Arran Victory20.50 
Golden Wonder23.00 
Coloured flesh varieties  
Blue Annelise33.00 
Heidi Red33.00 
Highland Burgundy Red33.00 
   
Skea Non OrganicPriceQuantity
Sarpo family  
Axona20.50 
Blue Danube20.50 
Kilfi20.50 
Mira20.50 
Shona20.50 
SKEA Non OrganicPriceQuantity
Speciality and heritage varieties  
Arran Pilot20.50 
Aura28.00 
British Queen20.50 
Duke of York20.50 
Edzell Blue28.00 
Home Guard28.00 
International Kidney28.00 
Kerr’s Pink20.50 
Kestrel28.00 
Kingsman23.00 
Majestic23.00 
Maris Piper23.00 
Pentland Javelin28.00 
Pink Fir Apple28.00 
Red Duke of York20.50 
Red King Edward20.50 
Sharpes Express23.00 
Swift23.00 
Valor23.00 
Vitabella20.50 
Yukon Gold20.50 
Coloured Flesh Variety  
Blue Congo23.00 
Highland Burgundy Red23.00 
Salad Blue23.00 
Shetland Black23.00 
Mayan Family  
Gold20.50 
Twilight28.00 
Rose20.50 
Scapa28.00