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Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:14

For those blight survivors out there... all my toms are in pots but I guess i now need to clean those before using them next year - washing up liquid ok? The only other thing is that all the pots stand in the side return, partly on a gravelled strip. That strip often gets weeds in it but some of the blighted toms have dropped in... should I get something to treat that gravel with as well as could spores live in that over the winter? I'll be putting tomatoes in the same spot next year - haven't got much choice.

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 19:12

Can I throw my plants into the mix too?!

I got back from hols 10 days ago and saw a couple of my 15 plants with what I was pretty sure was late blight. I (possibly wrongly!) didn't just decide to cut my losses and instead set about removing anything that looked infected on those plants and pretty much stripped the rest of the plants of their leaves too. I know I probably should have taken off any remaining green fruit too but, well, work and laziness conspired with a bit of curiosity as to what would happen...

So, fruits have continued to ripen, mostly healthily and taste nice! But the odd truss has a bad fruit or two on it, which I've been picking off. Now about half of the plants have dark lesions on the stems and some of the trusses have gone brown and fragile - to the point that unripe (but apparently unaffeced) fruit drops off them. Some trusses and whole plants look completely healthy.



I guess this is late blight? The only thing that now makes me doubt it is the fact that all the plants are still alive! Well apart from the horrible looking stem patches and the odd diseased fruit...

I suppose I should still strip all remaining fruit and bin the plants? Sigh. Maybe at the weekend. If the kids let me.





Posted: 09/09/2014 at 11:54

I usually autumn-sow garlic, although this harvest was badly affected by onion fly / maggots.

I thought this / next year I'd try planting cloves in modules rather than directly into the soil. That way I can treat the bed with nematodes and hopefully by spring there won't be any maggots left.

What are people's experience though with module-sown garlic? thank you!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 12:46

i definitely won't be growing marigolds either! have taken over!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 12:45

I found even three courgette plants is a lot! and that trying to save space by using a climbing variety doesn't work. only scaffolding would have kept them upright!

not sure i'll try brassicas again next year. caterpillars have been the bane of my sprouts in particular...

was disappointed with autumn sowings of broad beans and peas. the former grew v well but seemed a small crop considering size / health of plants. the peas got done by snails i think.

on the tomato front, i tried lots of different varities this year - sweet aperitif, katiebell, lizziebell... but two varieties from last year (black cherry and sungold) def still the winners and will grow again next time.

Tomato problems

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 13:46
So, having worried a few weeks ago about blight - when it was rightly pointed out that instead my toms had suffered hail damage - I have unquestionably found some blight this time!

I get the free alerts from Blight Watch and for the first time this year got an alert at the end of last week. Sure enough, yesterday I found two of my plants with a 'scorched' appearance across fruit and stems, wet sunken patches on leaves etc.

I salvaged what fruit I could from those plants and then binned them. I've now given the rest of the plants I have a close inspection. Probably half of them have the odd shrivelled brown fruit and some dark patches on the stem - but otherwise those plants look healthy. So I've stripped off most of the leaves, thrown away any affected fruits and am now hoping for the best.

As it is, in SE England where I am, the extended weather forecast seems good, no rain on the horizon at all. Does what I've done above sound ok therefore? Or do I still risk the blight spreading and should cut my losses and pick everything?


Posted: 20/08/2014 at 18:05

Like Tomsk, mine have suffered from a particularly nasty hail storm. It's affected the more exposed fruit (obviously), higher up the plants, but I think they'll still be ok for cooking. Less aethethically pleasing for snacking.

I'm slightly kicking myself for only sowing seeds in April. Last year I started them in Feb but had to keep the plants inside until late May due to the v cold spring - hence they were very light-starved by that point. That made me hold-off this year but, comparing the two years, I think actually last year's yellow, feeble looking plants recovered incredibly quickly once the weather got warmer and they were getting plenty of sun. Plus I think last year's harvest was better overall, although the bulk of mine this year are still to ripen.

So, in short, next year I'm going for a February sowing. If spring is cold, I know that delaying putting them outside makes them look unhealthy but they recover and, if it's a warm spring like this year, by mid-August they should be nearer the end rather than the beginning of their harvest time.

That's what I've learnt this year anyway!

Tomato problems

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:17
Yes mine are the same from the hail. Thanks to those above for the diagnosis! I'm in a similar position Tomsk. I deliberately waited until late in Spring to get mine started from seed because last year, with one of the coldest springs on record, my toms were getting light starved as I had to keep them inside as there were still frosts. Of course Sod's law has meant if I'd started them earlier this year they'd have been fine as it was a dry warm spring. Sigh!

I wouldn't worry too much if yours aren't ripening yet. Main thing is if they're pretty much up to size as then they'll easily ripen inside (egg boxes, with bananas in drawers etc) but I'm hoping that this more changeable August might lead to a drier warmer September anyway.

Tomato problems

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:39
Ah, hail! I didn't think of that - that's the answer... Thanks guys! I've already removed all leaves below bottom truss. Should I get rid of damaged leaves higher up too tho?

Tomato problems

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 08:23


Thank you italophile!

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