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Posted: 14/07/2013 at 18:11

i've got the same problem. i'd dug some fertiliser into the soil before the seedlings went in (started from modules), plenty of large green leaves, but i've scratched around and just thin purple roots...

Tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 16:41

thanks, bob - will do. thought was a g's delight but is a black cherry it's happened on.

Tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:22

Should you get rid of leaves that grow at the end of a truss? Must admit, had never seen it before but read someone here had it one of their plants and sure enough, one of my Gardeners Delights does...below, truss to the left of the stem in the centre of the pic. 

im pinching out side shoots on mine. Haven't cut off any lower branches as of yet - seems a bit early?






Posted: 05/07/2013 at 13:39

Some of my sweetcorn plants look similar and I'm convinced that squirrels scrabbling around them is the problem. In some cases, they've actually snapped stems, in others it's as if they've pulled at leaves, leaving them looking ragged.

Might not be what's causing this to yours but if you've got squirrels nearby beware... I've tried putting netting and various around but they don't seem deterred.

Beets unwell

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 14:34

My beets have rapidly taken a turn for the worse... Leaf miner do you think? Any tips for what to do / how to control?





Posted: 11/06/2013 at 11:51

I dug one up as my 2 year old had rampaged nearby and bent the stem anyway. i'm pretty sure it was from one of the small inner cloves (which i'm never sure whether to bother planting). anyway, the result is a pretty small bulb - but definitely a bulb at least! - about the width of a 2p piece.

i think for the rest i'm going to wait another few weeks, don't think will do too much harm.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 07:54

mine went in at the start of november... I guess I was hoping they'd be ready some time in June as I'd quite like the raised bed they're taking up for other crops!

artjak, how swollen were those bulbs you dug up, out of interest?



Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:38

Any tips for looking after garlic in its final weeks? I know you shouldn't overwater in case the bulbs rot but presumably they also need water to swell? how often are garlic growers watering them?

also, when do people find you can typically harvest? Mine are still pretty green, although lower leaves are def yellowing and going brown. A few have flopped but I think my youngest son is to blame there...

the elephant garlic (leeks!) have just grown scapes which I snipped off. Does that mean they're not too far off..?

Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 18:02

In the first photo, are the leaves on that plant quite thin and 'papery'? My plants got like that on the lower branches because of being kept inside for a bit too long (they weren't getting enough light but because of the cold at the time I didn't want to plant them out.)

With advice from italophile - as usual - I buried them deep into their final 25 litre pots, cutting off the lower branches. I did leave a few of the thin papery leaved branches as I didn't want to take off too much growth and they're still there now the plants are outside but they do in parts look like your first photo - the wind has whipped through the leaves and worn them down. 

I'm not worried as all of the new growth coming through is a brilliant green (as opposed to the yelllowy lower branches, and eventually I'll cut those off anyway

Poorly tomatoe plant leaves

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 15:23

danielle, are those splodges a purplish colour? are the backs of the leaves at all purple or the stem?

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