Bf206


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Beetroot Problems

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 11:35

i have real problems with leaf miners on my beets. Everyone seems to say that you need to try and pick off the larvae / mined leaves but that the roots themselves shouldn't really be affected. I do find though that my plants get so affected that it takes much longer for roots to swell. any tips? I'd like to try them again this yr. 

Pruning lemon tree

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:43


 so, mrs bf kindly got me this lemon tree. it appears healthy enough - has a few green lemons which seem to be getting bigger, plus some new flowers have recently emerged. i'm a bit clueless about what pruning i should or shoudn't be doing though.

the lowest branch, to the right of the pic, has really shot up. no sign of flowers on it and it's now overtaken the rest of the tree. i wondered whether it was a sucker but somehow it looks too solid? 

i've had the tree a few months now and it clearly came 'ready pruned' in that at various points you can see other growth was cut back so this branch must have been deliberately left.i know nothing about fruit trees so i'm inclined to play it safe. having said that, the way it's growing doesn't quite look right to me...

any advice gratefully accepted!

Tomato’s haven’t started to ripen yet – Anything I can do?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 07:57

The biggest problem with the autumnal weather we've had in the UK for the last week I've found is that the heavy rain has split some of the toms - although I've been pretty pleased with this year's harvest so far (so different to 2012). I was close to thinking I'd pick everything and ripen them indoors - but then I see London is forecast 23C by the weekend...

tomato-problems

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 13:38

Great, thanks as ever!

As it is, I'm reasonably forgetful with the tomato feed so I suspect as you say it was that last hot spell that did it. Just to the one plant by the looks of things, fortunately.

They're forecasting another spell of high temps here in SE England (in the 30s again by the weekend). What would you advise re watering regime in those sorts of temps?

Mine are individually in 25 litre containers, by the way.

tomato-problems

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 13:22

Actually, I first noticed the mottling on the leaves (on the fruit I only noticed it yesterday) when it got v hot here (for the UK!) a few weeks back - daytime C temps were in the low/mid 30s, nighttime not much below 20. Last few weeks has been different, daytime more like early 20s, nightime low teens - and it's been quite damp, which is why I've been on blight alert, but this didn't quite seem to fit that bill.

Watering-wise, generally every 2/3 days when it's been dry - a bit more often when it's been hot. Tomato feed once per week.

That particular plant does sit in the sunniest spot of the garden, facing due south. The odd thing is the majority of the leaves on the plant look normal and overall the plant seems healthy.

I took off one branch and tomato to get a decent photo for you but do you think I should remove any other affected leaves/fruit?

To be honest, good to hear it's more likely to be stress as my fear was it would be something more contagious!

tomato-problems

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 11:01


 a few of my cherry toms have got these black patches on the fruit and the leaves. The fruit made me think blossom-end rot, the leaves blight - but this is only on a few fruit on one plant - which makes me think not due to irregular watering, and while those leaves dont look great, it's just the lower ones and the plant itself looks healthy  the leaves have been like that for weeks too. any wisdom would be appreciated!


 

Tomatoes

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:07

What are people's views on when to pinch off the top of cordon toms? Most of my plants, which are mainly cherry varieties (Black Cherry, Sungold, G/Delight), have about 4/5 trusses. One has about 7 - courtesy of the one side shoot that got away...

Six trusses seems to be the average that people recommend before pinching off the top of the plant. Does that sound right? Or should I leave them going for longer because they're cherries and don't have to grow too big?

Thank you!

Tomato Problem

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:25

thanks italophile! This is definitely the best summer weather so far I've experienced for growing tomatoes so it makes me a bit uncertain... per my answer to your post on another thread, I think I have been underdoing the watering a little. last night, temps round here didn't get below 22C! 

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:18

brill, thanks. have indeed noticed the odd flash of root near the surface in a few pots... There's a bit of space for me to add a little more compost. I suspect I haven't been getting the water deep enough. What would you say is best, ie watering can, hose on a fine spray (splashes up though), more of a slow trickle..?

Beetroot

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 17:10

ho hum. maybe I should sow some more? now have some bed space having pulled my garlic...

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