Eynsham Red

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Tomatoes and fungus

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:43


I've two tomato plants in my greenhouse.  I've planted them as I have done for quite a while, using the contents half a grow bag each in large pots.

This year there are small toadstools growing in the pots as well as the tomatoes. The tomatoes plants are in good condition.

I wondered if anyone else has experienced this and does it pose a threat to the plants?

Also, when they bare fruit, is there any any risk of them being contaminated in any way?  As I have a compromised immune system, I don't want to eat anything which might be detrimental to my health.

Best regards,


Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:32

Thanks for everyone's thoughts and ideas.

We really enjoy the wild birds in our garden and do appreciate the beauty of these recent arrivals, but unfortunately the two don't combine.  I wouldn't want to see any harm coming to the doves/pigeons (is there a distinction between the two?) but thought that I'd sound out the forum's vast wealth of knowledge and ideas.

Thanks again.

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 14:34

No offence Dove.  You'd be very welcome here, but not these pests.

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 14:05

Thanks Philippa.  We have tried that, but as they are fending all right for themselves, they don't have any concerns.  We also contacted the RSPB but didn't get a reply.

The birds don't have any problems.  Unfortunately it's us who have a problem with the birds!

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:42

We have a bit of a plague of white pigeons or doves around our and our neighbours gardens.  These are a legacy from a family who were given a dozen of them as a wedding present, but when they moved they left the birds to fend for themselves.

Whilst they were looked after and fed there was no problem, but since the owners left they have become a real nuisance, always scavenging in our gardens with the associated mess, and effectively scaring the other smaller birds away when they descend in a white mass.

I'd be grateful if anyone could make suggestions as to how we might be able to selectively scare these birds off.

Talkback: Agapanthus pot display

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 17:11
I think I may have a problem with one of my Agapanthus bulbs. The bulb seems to have very small brown flies around the new leaf growth. The new leaf grows and then the top gets eaten off, any advice would be welcome.

Sports personality

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 13:32

But we know the result already.  Verdun is going to win it.

Or was that the Grand National..........................

Sports personality

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 18:49

Red Rum was a studio guest in the 1977 Sports Personality of the Year.  I think that maybe he had a bit more personality than some of the winners 

I'm going for Susannah, simply because nobody else is, and I know nothing about dancing.

Fox gloves

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:07

Hi Red Dahlia,


Foxgloves are biennials and will grow from seed in year one and then flower in year two.  So hopefully you will find seedlings growing in the area around where they are planted this coming Spring and develop into a flowering plant the following year.

I have transplanted the seedlings to other locations with varying success.


Pelargonium Querie

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 11:08

Thanks for your replies.  I'll try leaving the leaves then and see what happens.

KEF, I've got mine stored in a mini fleece covered greenhouse inside my greenhouse. From what you say about powdery mildew, would you think it's better to keep them in the main part of the greenhouse (which is only 4'3" x 4'3" anyway) and put them inside the fleece when it's forecast to be cold?

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