Posted: 05/08/2016 at 14:22
They look quite congested Rob. Is there a reason for having them in pots in the ground rather than directly in the ground itself?
I get a bit of damage on mine as time goes on, which is normal, and I remove any dead or ropey looking leaves. This also helps sun and heat into the fruits themselves. Something that's been in short supply this year!
As with many plants - especially fruiting ones - good air flow is important. If the plants still seem viable, I'd space them out a bit and get them in the ground. If your ground's not brilliant, you can keep them in pots or troughs, but give them plenty of space. A potash feed to help with fruiting is useful earlier in the season. I give mine a bit of tomato food when they get going, but I don't coddle them too much either. Soft plants are more susceptible to pests and diseases.
Mine are all in pots as I had nowhere for them to go when I moved here. They'll probably just stay in them.