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Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 13:47

Would spraying with a aspirin mix as a  preventative measure stop blight ??


Damping off

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 12:28

is that warm water from the tap if so can you explain why or is it tap water left some where warm over night ??


Damping off

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 09:42

I have found a natural fungicide. watch this video


Damping off

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 09:31

O and the book is called RHS Gardening through the year by Ian Spence published by DK 

ISBN 978-1-4053-4739-6


Damping off

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 09:27

We will all have question like.................what can I use as a alternative to Cheshunt Compound so I thought I would take a look around just to see what other people are doing about this. I received a new book at Christmas from the RHS a year in the garden or something like that. I found this reply on a different forum and thought I would share as it ticks a lot of boxes with regards to DAMPING OFF

Avoiding what causes damping off is the best approach!

Too much water and cool conditions at soil level is the principle cause of damping of.

I minimise the causes as follows;

Sowing: soak seed compost well prior to sowing the seed on it then if the seeds require d
'dark' to germinate spread a light covering of seed compost over the seeds then cover this with a layer of vermiculite or perlite.
This will create a warmish layer at soil level where the seedlings emerge thus reducing the chances of damping off.
If the seeds require ' light' to germinate then omit the compost covering and only place the layer of vermiculite or perlite.
If you have got your watering right you should not need to water again till after germination.
If you require to water seedlings prior to pricking out have a pump spray at hand with a little fungicide (any type) and spray them lightly to keep them going, this should suffice.
If you feel that the tray has dried out ( I.e. It has been too warm) sit the seed tray in a tray of water and dampen the compost from below.
Pricking out; again soak the compost and allow it to drain off before placing the seedling/ s in it.

Sinking the seedling down to the seed leaves can be an advantage as this reduces the area of stem/ root that is most susceptible to rotting (damping off).

Aftercare; again watch the watering, temperatures and ventilation carefully!

Use the hand spray with the fungicide mixture if watering is required prior to the seedling becoming established.

What you want to avoid is cold compost at the point the plant emerges from it, watering makes this area colder than the compost below and the air above which is the main cause of damping off.

You could add a light covering of vermiculite or perlite to the compost surface ( like the commercial people do) as a precaution.

OK I sometimes have seedlings damp off on me but generally when I look at the issue more closely the fault was mine! ..............generally it was down to my watering regime!........... Carelessness/ laziness!

So that's my opinion on the subject!

I for one will be mixing some camomile tea just in case I need it but I will have to find one tea bag as I don't drink tea 

Compost question

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 22:27

why not mix some straw into your compost bin this will dry it up and add air into the mix for a while




Posted: 03/02/2014 at 13:34

Thank you sue I have had a look on the website however the nursery nearest to me is closed and when it opens it will be under new management so we will see



Proud Father

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 12:22

Busy lizzie that is such a sweet story.

my wife works so so hard to keep my son in private school works all hours

example today she has gone to work a 8 until 2.30 and then back out at 6.30 to 8 am tomorrow yes I'm a househusband and have been since my son was born and by the way he was a IVF baby and we always said "he didn't ask to be born" so we do the best we can as I'm sure every parent does but sorry he is very dear and special to us ( four times and three years later on IVF)



Proud Father

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 11:46

I for one don't hold a grudge.

Life is to short and your a long time dead

My hole life/world is my son and wife I'm proud of them both Tracey is right I don't have many friends as such but the friend I do have I would do anything for them I rang all my family with in 2 min of opening the results.

Proud is my only fault, I even had tears running down my face on Saturday while talking to his teachers (yes poor boy goes to school on a Saturday) how well he had done and thanked them on taking the EXTRA time with him


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