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Tomato problems

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:50

Epsom salts are used to counter Magnesium deficiency which can lead to symptoms similar to what is in the photo's.  You won't harm the plants by spraying them with a dilute Epsom salts solution and it may well help them, so worth a try.  Humid conditions and water on leaves will make them more likely to catch fungal infections, so don't  spray very often and never last thing at night - early in the morning is ideal.  Very good ventilation is the best way of avoiding tomato leaf diseases - the plants like it hot and dry whereas humidity will encourage problems.

GREENFLY

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:44

Many recommend ecover as their products are designed to have as few additives as possible - you want to avoid those with anti-bacterial additives as that will harm the soil.  I use just a few drops to a pint of water in a hand-sprayer.  All you need to do is break the surface tension of the water (which is what soap/detergent does) and this effectively drowns the aphids when sprayed over them.  Adding more detergent won't kill more aphids.

Magnolia died off

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:22

All you can do is keep it watered and hope.  There was a late frost here which killed all of the leaves and flowers on 4 of my young magnolias.  The ones which were planted 2 years ago have now recovered and grown new leaves but the two planted last Autumn are dead sticks and have now been pulled up.

Use your thumbnail to scrape a small amount of the outer bark from the trunk, starting at the top.  If it is still green underneath they are alive.  If brown, the wood is dead at that section, so move down a few inches and try again.  If brown all the way down there is no hope of recovery.  If you do find green tissue, cut all of the dead wood above it off, just above a bud if you can see one.

Garlic rust

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:22

It's now pretty much agreed that the culprit is Leek rust, as I've mentioned before.  See the RHS advice:

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=214

 

 

Has my broccoli bolted?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 20:09

You are picking-up this gardening lark really quickly, OL!    All these little tricks and tips add-up and I'm sure you will have a better crop next year!   We all started off knowing virtually nothing, after all!

Has my broccoli bolted?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:35

It happens to us all, OL, especially when there's a dry spell at a critical point in their development.  You can help by planting them deeper (up to the lowest leaves) when you transplant them, assuming you started them in trays or modules.  Do that when they have 4 or 5 true leaves.  Regular watering is also essential - if they dry out, it triggers them into flower (which is what the head is really.)

Has my broccoli bolted?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:28

Yes, I think they have as they should have grown bigger than this before producing heads.  However, all may not be lost as they will produce side shoots.  Cut all of these early heads off now - you may have enough for a meal - and then side shoots should soon start to appear at the joints between leaves and stem.  If you only have a few plants it may not be worth it though as side shoots (aka spears) are always much smaller than the main head.

nettle feed

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 22:43

It's high in nitrates, so best for leafy veg like cabbage, lettuce etc.  Runner beans make their own so won't likely benefit much, but it certainly won't harm them.

Gherkins

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:35

Yeah, it's tricky unless you grow quite a few gherkin plants so that you have lots of fruit all coming ready at the same time.

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:32

Fish, blood and bone and comfrey feed.  I haven't found the need for anything else since I started using this combination about 20 years ago.  I grow a large variety of fruit & veg, plus greenhouse crops of many kinds.

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