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  • in reply to: Organic Manure #6194

    PeterT
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    At the last meeting, someone thought it may be possible to get manure even organic manure from Roly Stone, Wrose, Acrecliffe on Otley Road near Menston Roundabout. Is that correct? Was it Acrecliffe Equestrian Centre?

    Peter

    in reply to: WYOG activities, events and visits 2015 #5777

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    Pippa says it would be lovely to show us round.

    Didn’t someone – Brian maybe – suggest Harlow Carr?

    in reply to: Potato Day 2015 #5762

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    Here is the final list of varieties which will be available on Potato Day 2015. There’s only one change from the Dec 20th post – Kerr’s Pink will be replaced by Jazzy. Some others will come from different suppliers and will no longer be organic as a result. Organically grown varieties in capitals.

    1st Earlies:

    Skea organics: MARIS BARD, CASABLANCA, COLLEEN.

    Skea non-organics: Duke of York.

    WCF: Rocket, Winston, Lady Christl, Foremost, Homeguard, Red Duke of York, Sharpe’s Express.

    2nd Earlies:

    Skea organics: CHARLOTTE (3bags), BRITISH QUEEN, MARIS PEER.

    Skea non-organics: None.

    WCF: Jazzy, Nicola, Kestrel, Apache, Osprey, Vivaldi, Wilja.

    Sarpo: Sarpo Una.

    Mains:

    Skea organics: AMBO, GOLDEN WONDER, RECORD, SETANTA.

    Skea non-organics: Salad Blue, Highland Burgundy Red, Pink Fir Apple, Shetland Black, Valor.

    WCF: Desiree (3 bags), Maris Piper, King Edward, Picasso, International Kidney, Rooster.

    Sarpo: Kifli, Blue Danube, Axona, Sarpo Shona, Sarpo Mira.

    That comes to a total of 42 varieties: 10 Skea organics, 6 Skea non-organics, 6 Sarpo, 20 WCF.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2015 #5736

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    We’ve made a few changes to the final list to take your comments into account. Ambo has been ordered instead of Cara; Lady Christl instead of Arran Pilot, and Rooster instead of Romano.

    Thanks for your input. The final list which has been ordered is below. Please note that it is unlikely we will get all of the varieties ordered but we’ll let you know of any changes as soon as we can.

    1st Earlies:

    Skea organics: MARIS BARD, CASABLANCA, COLLEEN, SHARPE’S EXPRESS.

    Skea non-organics: Duke of York, Red Duke of York.

    WCF: Rocket, Winston, Lady Christl, Foremost, Homeguard.

    2nd Earlies:

    Skea organics: CHARLOTTE (3bags), BRITISH QUEEN, MARIS PEER.

    Skea non-organics: None.

    WCF: Nicola, Kestrel, Apache, Osprey, Vivaldi, Wilja.

    Sarpo: Sarpo Una.

    Mains:

    Skea organics: AMBO, DESIREE (3bags), GOLDEN WONDER, SARPO MIRA, RECORD, SETANTA.

    Skea non-organics: Salad Blue, Highland Burgundy Red, Pink Fir Apple, Shetland Black, Valor.

    WCF: Maris Piper, King Edward, Picasso, International Kidney, Kerrs Pink, Rooster.

    Sarpo: Kifli, Blue Danube, Axona, Sarpo Shona.

    That comes to a total of 42 varieties: 13 Skea organics, 7 Skea non-organics, 5 Sarpo, 17 WCF.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2015 #5710

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    Hi Growing Newsome,

    If there are any varieties which you want but we are not planning to buy for ourselves, we will order it for you provided you want a full 25kg sack anf it can be supplied by Skea or WCF. Have a look at their websites.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2015 #5708

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    Sorry if this is confusing but the the draft list has been substantially updated to get more organically grown varieties in and to reduce the number of suppliers we order from to save delivery charges. We will be ordering from Skea Organics (both organic and non-organic varieties), WCF and Sarpo but no other suppliers.

    1st Earlies:

    Skea organics: MARIS BARD, CASABLANCA, COLLEEN, SHARPE’S EXPRESS.

    Skea non-organics: Duke of York, Red Duke of York.

    WCF: Rocket, Winston, Arran Pilot, Foremost, Homeguard.

    2nd Earlies:

    Skea organics: CHARLOTTE (3bags), BRITISH QUEEN, MARIS PEER.

    Skea non-organics: None.

    WCF: Nicola, Kestrel, Apache, Osprey, Vivaldi, Wilja.

    Sarpo: Sarpo Una.

    Mains:

    Skea organics: CARA, DESIREE (3bags), GOLDEN WONDER, SARPO MIRA, RECORD, SETANTA.

    Skea non-organics: Salad Blue, Highland Burgundy Red, Pink Fir Apple, Shetland Black, Valor.

    WCF: Maris Piper, King Edward, Picasso, International Kidney, Kerrs Pink, Romano.

    Sarpo: Kifli, Blue Danube, Axona, Sarpo Shona.

    That comes to a total of 42 varieties: 13 Skea organics, 7 Skea non-organics, 5 Sarpo, 17 WCF.

    in reply to: Potato Day 2015 #5699

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    WYOG’s draft varieties list is as follows, a total of 45 varieties, which is more than is usually purchased, so some varieties need to be removed. Please post your comments. Is there anything you would like to add or, particularly, take away?

    First Earlies: Arran Pilot, Duke of York, Foremost, Home Guard, Maris Bard, Pentland Javelin, Premiere, Red Duke of York, Rocket, Swift, Sharpe’s Express, Ulster Sceptre, Vales Emerald, Vanessa, Winston.

    Second Earlies: Apache, British Queen, Catriona, Estima, Kestrel, Maris Peer, Nadine, Nicola, Sarpo Una, Saxon, Wilja

    Salads: Charlotte, International Kidney, Nicola, Pink Fir Apple.

    Maincrops: Axona, Blue Danube, Cara, Desiree, Kilfi, King Edward, Maris Piper, Picasso, Purple Majesty, Romano, Rooster, Rudolph, Sarpo Mira, Sarpo Shona, Valor.

    (Sarpo varieties included above: Axona, Blue Danube, Kilfi, Mira, Shona, Una.)

    in reply to: What are you growing for the plant sale? #5162

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    PS Are Californian Wonder chillies?

    in reply to: What are you growing for the plant sale? #5161

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    I’ve started chillies, Pot Black, and capsicums, Oro; a range of tomatoes; celery and celeriac; and various flowers, Petunias, Antirrhinums, and something else I can’t remember. All grown in blocks or mini-blocks. They aren’t all for the plant sale but there will be plenty of spares.

    in reply to: What apples are you eating? #5068

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    I forgot to mention that we’re stiil using Crawley Beauty from store. They were billed as dual purpose but they are a bit thick skinned and tasteless for eating although decent cookers. The family say similar things about me.

    in reply to: Links to Garden Organic #4968

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    Thanks for all the input. I’ll try to speak to Garden Organic next week to explore the issues that have been raised and will report back.

    in reply to: Links to Garden Organic #4962

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    I’m a bit torn by this. WYOG says it wants to attract new members and notes the relative lack of sign-ups given the increase in organic growing in recent years. On the other hand, we accept that our capacity is limited. The group could have folded some years ago due to overstretching the same few people.

    There is much in the Garden Organic )GO) letter that we (WYOG) already do:

    2. To inspire local members to stay engaged in organic growing and committed to action
    3. To raise awareness of relevant local organic initiatives
    7. Sharing local organic growing information and best practice
    8. Complementing and supporting existing organic initiatives
    9. Supporting initiatives to engage new/current communities and groups into organic growing
    13. Raising awareness of what is going on organically in the area
    19. Arranging educational and social events
    21. Collaboration with partner organisations e.g. Slow Food Movement, Soil Association

    although we could probably do more especially if we received some support.

    Some things we could do easily and they would be beneficial:

    10. Posting relevant local event activities on a local hub page of the Garden Organic website
    11. Circulating a local e- newsletter and engaging local media where appropriate.

    There are other things which we do a little of which would be harder to expand but could potentially be very valuable:

    16. Organising local organic seed distribution
    17. Supporting organic seed swap networks – including local heritage seed varieties
    18. Promoting the growing of local heritage and heirloom varieties
    20. Supporting our research work – members’ experiments.

    Finally there are those things which might help us expand but which could be a stretch of our resources.:

    5. To co-ordinate any local fundraising or member recruitment opportunities
    15. Seeking local fundraising opportunities to support organic initiatives

    There would also be the WYOG v GO conflict – just who are we recruiting for?

    My inclination is to explore our membership with GO to find out what, if different, full membership would offer; ask for their ideas as to how they see this working and, in particular, what support they can offer.

    Before I do this I will encourage more members to take part in this discussion.

    in reply to: Links to Garden Organic #4945

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    We are affiliated to Garden Organic so we pay an annual affiliation fee of about £30. I inherited the job of paying the fee when I became Treasurer and never saw anything setting out what that meant but I’ll ask around to see if anyone knows.

    We also pay about £25 for group membership of the Heritage Seed Library.

    in reply to: Celeriac #4767

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    The plants looked very strong when they went in and did not appear to struggle. I vaguely recall some advice about taking leaves off periodically. In fact, I’ve just had a quick look at RHS and Growing Veg and it seems you take off leaves as they drop to horizontal and keep them moist but not overly so. I have either overwatered them or the soil is not rich enough or I’m just being impatient and they will get there eventually. Failing that, I won’t grow them next year!

    in reply to: Need more info? #4745

    PeterT
    Keymaster

    If you look at the Organic Gardening Catalogue, admittedly not the bible, it has Barlatta Lingua di Fuaco as “A dual purpose (French) bean for use as fresh pods, demi-sec or dried beans.” I think they can be entered either raw in their pods as French Beans, or cooked as Mature beans.

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