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Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 21:17

Thanks for the feedback.

I'm picking off affected leaves and fruit daily in the hope I can salvage something approaching a crop.

One of my neighbours has dumped her plants!


In less good news the animals I believed to be water voles that live by the pond turn out to be rats. And I've been feeding them delighting in the fact we'd have lots of babies. No doubt we will!   I'm moving.


Is this tomato blight?

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 19:50

Has anyone else got blight in Kent?

My two immediate neighbours and I have it.   So upsetting as I've only have half a dozen ripe Sungold toms this year.

We all grow outdoors as no space for greenhouses but don't usually suffer blight until much later in the year.

I've hundreds of tiny toms on my Sungold, Rossella plants and a fair few on the Black Russian.

Hey ho.




Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:48

You're welcome.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 09:09

Brilliant, thank you very much.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 07:13

I filled it in earlier.

Rose sawfly

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 21:31

My neighbour has recently had a pretty bad attack of rose sawfly and now it's spread into my garden.

I have a run of climbing rose about 25 feet long and several shrubs dotted about the borders in my back garden.  All are showing signs with severely rolled leaves.   I don't like to use chemicals and have picked off all the affected leaves.   However they are looking pretty bare after this.   I've also sprayed with garlic barrier spray.

Couple of questions, what can I do to stop it spreading to my terrace (about 30 yards away) and my front garden (about 40 years away) plus how can I reinvigorate the large plants I've pretty much denuded.

Thank you.





Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:42

Foe!   It's sawfly.   I strip the leaves with them on a pop on the bird feed area.


Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 00:43

Hmm, to me the leaves don't look like they have spines but have may have been chewed.   Given the description and look they do seem similar to Tuberose.   From 5 'bulbs' I have only one with a flowerhead. Leaves are floppy but the stems, if you can get them to emerge, are pretty stiff.   


May be way off the mark though.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:03

I adore mine.   It's just losing it's old leaves now, fresh glossy ones coming on, along with the flowers.   Smells divine and the bees like it.

Mine is about 6 years old and roughly 7' x 5'.   It's in a tiny pot - stupidly I didn't think about the longer term.   But I feed it frequently and water well.   When I move I shall repot it or plant in the ground.

Much prefer it to standard jasmines.



The Curse of the Rampant Weed.

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:46

Sadly it's horsetail.   Lots of threads on here about it.   

It's one of the oldest plants on the planet so I find it fascinating, but it is a proper bugger.

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