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16/11/2012 at 14:25

We grow Ferline and Legend from Thomson and Morgan quite successfuly, we tried spraying with Bordeaux mixtutre on the others with partial success

16/11/2012 at 15:46

For great tomatoes, save time, money and effort, and do your bit to stop urban decay; go to your local greengrocer, assuming you stil have one, and buy locally-grown ones.  

16/11/2012 at 16:52


yes i had a very bad dose of blight this year,mainly with out door ones.

my garden is in france ! but we travel there evry month and so  grow all our veg etc there.monty said about 2 varietys that are blight resistant,RED PLUM and CRISTEL.can't find the cristel seeds yet anybody?

cheers norm.h

16/11/2012 at 16:57
NORM.H wrote (see)


yes i had a very bad dose of blight this year,mainly with out door ones.

my garden is in france ! but we travel there evry month and so  grow all our veg etc there.monty said about 2 varietys that are blight resistant,RED PLUM and CRISTEL.can't find the cristel seeds yet anybody?

cheers norm.h

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That is just one -try a google search

16/11/2012 at 16:58

Hi Norm, T&M sell Cristal seeds - I think you probably just mis-spelt it?

16/11/2012 at 18:03

Have had really bad blight on the allotment three years in a row on both potatoes and tomatoes.  Have abandoned potatoes forever, but this year grew the tomatoes (Alicante in the greenhouse and Gardeners Delight outside in pots and in raised beds).  Alicante got it late on and I have to say the flavour wasn't anything special - think perhaps lack of any sunshine until it was too late.  Outside the GDs all got blight, however I literally hacked and burned anything that seemed even remotely suspect and got a pretty good crop - enough to freeze, sauce and chutney, but so late that really the fresh ones were not tremendous.  Poss my fault for growing the 'old favourites'?  Time I tried something new I guess.  I did plant some Tumbling tom red in hanging baskets and they were not bad, although again got the dreaded lurgy mid summer.  This is so tough on new gardeners - I so wish that there was a decent treatment short of moving to the mediterranean!

16/11/2012 at 18:22

I get fungal problems here in Central Italy, cathy, though vastly less than I used to get back in humid old Sydney. It gets mighty hot here but it's mainly dry heat.

17/11/2012 at 15:27

Oh well, the med would have been nice!

17/11/2012 at 16:57

Absolutely, supporting your local greengrocer is so important but sadly very few stock more than two, sometimes three varieties, so I'll continue to buy tomatoes from the greengrocer for most of the year, and in the summer I'll grow a few plants of the varieties I can't buy in the shops. 

17/11/2012 at 17:19

My local greengrocer grows a lot of his own - including some of my varieties now, too - but a lot of his stock are the dreaded hydroponic stuff. Incredible.

17/11/2012 at 17:25

I truly wish you better luck with your tomatoes than I've ever had, people!  This year, off six bush plants, I've got a total of less than 400gm of green marbles.

19/11/2012 at 11:39

I always grow sungold tomatoes which have the best flavour and disease resistance of any I've tried. Living in the south of England I sow the seeds in February on a south facing windowsill so that I have really strong, healthy plants to put in my greenhouse by the beginning of April. To protect from blight water carefully so that you do not splash the leaves and check the plants every day for the first signs of the disease. If you remove this the plants remain healthy and you'll still be picking in November.

22/11/2012 at 18:29

I only grow heirlooms and must say that it is hard to pick just one or two faves. I grow both in garden and in greenhouse and had no problems with blight, however, we had a cool and wet June which really set us back. Would have to say that Martino's Roma and Ludmilla's Plum were my fave pastes, Black Cherry remains the best cherry out there, and my fave slicer this year? Tough one, probably Green Zebra, though not a true heirloom, or Black Seaman.

24/11/2012 at 17:31

Just finished picking to ripen this week two types from the Greenhouses, Gardeners Delight & Moneymaker. Must admit been lucky this year, no blight on indoor crops. Outside plants caught blight later in season, but had done crop rotation, so hopefully may have had some influence. Never known toms to last this late though !!

01/12/2012 at 23:18

A bad year for growing Tomatoes in the uk this year due to climatic conditions.

I have been growing Tomatoes since 1994 when I first started to research the best way to grow them and found the tastiest variety to be "Gardener's delight". I grow them by the Hydroponic method in a greenhouse, and would myself never consider any other method. Yield is far and away above conventional methods and, blight has never been a problem, but it is essential to keep ventilation going through the autumn.  Attached find my final harvest picture in mid November 2012. another bonus with Hydroponics is that the pile of green tomatoes that we are all left with with at the end of the season will ripen over the next few weeks if layed out on trays, probably due to the nutrient balance in the feed, In the past I have been able to have a few Tomatoes left into January the following year. A retired friend of mine in the mid nineties asked me if my Tomatoes had a chemical taste due to the hydroponic feed? I gave a bag full the next week. His comment later was that they tasted like real Tomatoes used to taste!




09/12/2012 at 19:34

if you looking to monty or adam for advice you will be failure

the secret to growing tomato  getting an early start. planting  out under protection(cloche,wall o water or hoop house)  growing in raised beds,watering at ground level and good air circulation. And spraying for blight long before there is even a warning that it is the area(starting 2 weeks after transplant.

04/08/2015 at 18:41

We live in France, and this year my tomatoes are all going bad underneath the ones that aren't going bad are very green and hard with no sign of ripening. We have horses I put the in a load of manure in the soil  could this be why.

05/08/2015 at 07:02

What do you mean by going bad underneath? A dark patch at the blossom (bottom) end of the fruit? Could be Blossom End Rot which is caused by plant stress. This is BER:

Horse manure is a great addition to the soil providing it's aged rather than fresh. Fresh manure will burn the roots of plants.

05/08/2015 at 09:21

I live in France too, Dordogne. We have had a drought and very hot weather. Tomatoes can dry out very quickly with weather such as we've had and blossom end rot can be caused by erratic or not enough watering. I have watered mine more than usual this year, but when we were away and the housesitter wasn't so vigilant they suffered.

05/09/2015 at 08:27

I live in Holland, have a garden on dune sand. Ik think the answer to tomato blight is looking for small, quickly growing plants. I have had Japanese Early (De Nieuwe Tuin) for two years now and they have given me a steady crop of tasty red and healthy tomatoes for about 6 weeks both summers. 

I am certainly growing them again next year and hope to have a still larger crop when my soil gets better from adding more organic material. 


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