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22/08/2013 at 13:34

Hi, I need a little advice please, I have grown some spuds in bags (charlottes) and have just realised they have blight. This has only appeared over the last few damp days. I have cut the haulms off and shoved them in the "pit" ready for burning, but I just need to know if the spuds can be left in the bags until we need to use them or should I remove them from the bags and store them? Can I re-use the compost elsewhere in the garden or will that just spread the spores around? Also I have some tomatoes (minibel) in pots and hanging baskets which are starting to fruit, are these likely to get the blight too? What can I do to prevent it? Oh, and I have some cues starting to flower too, will these be affected? Everything is growing outside as I don't have a greenhouse. This gardening lark is all pretty new to me so any advice will be appreciated.  Thanks x

22/08/2013 at 13:55

Dig them up and use them. They will not store well.

Compost can be used anywhere in the garden that you do not grow potato family.  So do not top dress a solanum vine, but it will be ok around most shrubs.

Cucumber is a different family and does not suffer from blight (just everything else)

 If you can take the minibel tomatoes inside it would probably help. Don't water the leaves, just the compost. Tomatoes generally get less blight tham pots.

22/08/2013 at 19:09

I seem to get blight so before I hachange ce I chopped off my tops and left the tatties In the ground blight didn't hit us this year!!! Yay!!! I would burn or bin tops and keep compost away from veg or tomatoes. I try not to water my tops I water soil to stop the humidity issue that people says brings on blight!!

22/08/2013 at 20:36

I am growing blight resistant varieties this year. Most of the varieties I ordered were substituted, except for Sarpo Mira and Sarpo axona which i have had before and have good blight resistance.  I had a good crop of Sarpo Mira in a blight year, 10feet from my neighbours crop which was decimated.

22/08/2013 at 23:17

Hi there, We have a product that may be able to help your blight issue. It is very easy to use and will attach right to your garden hose. Here is a link to the product on our website so you can read more about it. Hope this helps!

http://www.enviroselects.com/OxiDate-Ready-to-Spray-RTS-Fungicide-Bactericide_p_21.html

22/08/2013 at 23:19

Hi there, We have a product that may be just what you're looking for. It's labeled to help with blight problems on your fruit and vegetable plants. It's really easy to use and can be attached right to your garden hose for application. Here is a link to the product on our website. Hope this helps!

http://www.enviroselects.com/OxiDate-Ready-to-Spray-RTS-Fungicide-Bactericide_p_21.html

22/08/2013 at 23:23

Except they only ship to United states of america, so not a lot of use if you are in the UK

23/08/2013 at 19:52

Thanks for your help Fidgetbones and Red Dahlia. I only planted 6 seed potatoes as a trial (ok, I was ordered to by the kids) I bought a pack of 6 from the pound shop and didn't even think about blight and all the other nasties. Probably too much hassle to do them again next year...although they are the tastiest Charlotte potatoes I've ever had. Can't bring the toms indoors, I already have 2 plants taking up more room in my kitchen than I have to spare, will have to risk them outside and keep a very close eye on them. Because of the building work here, I forgot about the seedlings and so everything went out late. How they survived the 2 weeks locked in the shed without watering beats me! My philosophy to gardening....everything I plant has two chances....slim chance and no chance! It's ok, I have come to terms with the fact my fingers will never be very green and I garden now for the pleasure I get on the rare occasion when I get something right  

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