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Tomato problems

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:49

Well, TBH I wouldn't be too concerned about the first two pics, but the third looks a bit like me i.e. seen better days. I think this has resulted from a dry atmosphere.....try mist spraying on warm days.

Epsom salts (sulphate of magnesium) is to balance a magnesium deficiency.....which is what I think yours doesn't have.

Yellow leaves are a sign of magnesium deficiency.

Bet Monty Don don't know that!

Baby pigeon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:41


Tomato problems

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:39
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

I read that last night Bekkie but can't remember why either....must also be daft  Will google now 


Google 'magnesium deficiency' OL.....not saying that's what it is mind!


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:33
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

David,what do you do with the rhubarb leaves? Do you stew them or something? Does the solution keep well or does it need using straight away?

Can give you the recipe, OL..but briefly you boil the leaves for about 20min, allow to cool, strain-off the liquid, add a few drops of washing-up liquid and really is effective and totally organic.

PS. No, it doesn't keep.

Baby pigeon

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:28
Clarington wrote (see)

Tootles - you'll find that city birds cheep a lot louder than country birds. They've evolved as it were to be heard over the traffic so I'm sure they'll be fine!


Nope! Just checked the calendar, it isn't April 1st.

Mr Monty Don at Ventnor Down to Earth Evening

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:23
Orchid Lady wrote (see)


When yo get bored with Sheffield you could move to Blackpool David 


Just keep admiring me photos and you'll get all the help you need here!


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:19
Helen King3 wrote (see)

i have aphids by the thousand all over my lupins any ideas for next  year now

Onions? Truth is Helen, lapins have a species of greenfly which are specific to them, the name being (not surprisingly) 'lupin aphid'. They are much larger than other species and I'm afraid you'll always be bothered with them if you grow lupins....much as you will always attract blackfly when you grow nasturtiums.

I think it's called the joy of gardening.   


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:57

If you must use washing-up liquid, just a few drops in a bucket of water. The proper stuff to be using is horticultural soft soap, to be honest.

If you want to zap your aphids in an organic way, make up an extremely effective insecticidal spray from rhubarb leaves & water....this uses the oxalic poison present in the rhubarb leaves.

Kills caterpillars and other nasties too.

Mr Monty Don at Ventnor Down to Earth Evening

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:47

Stick to plan a, rosemummy.......I'll move to Sheffield.

Any idea of Rose Variety?

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 20:07
Salino wrote (see)
Netfella wrote (see)

Hi folks, is the conclusion that it's New Dawn then? I can get some more pics if it helps.


James my is unquestionably 'New Dawn'....


I agree, Salino....way past my bed time last time I looked at it.

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