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Talkback: Rust

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 20:07
I've got rust on roses, hollyhocks and apple - all in the same border! The advice makes very good sense - I've got a fungicide but was nervous to use it - I'm an organic gardener at heart, but sometimes you have to admit defeat...!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:24

I've been at the queen's jubillee pageant at Cosford today with a party of school children, and although it was soggy underfoot, we managed by lunchtime to sit on the grass to eat lunch. The sun came out and we ended up getting burnt!  How's that for July sunshine, and a freak occurence this year - the sun stayed out for the whole of the Royal visit! The Queen must have brought it with her! 

tumbling toms

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 19:08

Hi - I'm in West Mids and my tumbling toms are doing very well by having their initiation in the greenhouse! They have been there for 3 weeks now, and are growing as expected in the hanging basket in which I put them as small potted plants - I'm not yet convinced that the time is right to hang them outside, just in case of any cold snaps.  I'll give it until the end of May (Ne'er cast a clout 'til May is out...) to make sure that they'll be ok - the growth inside is wonderful! Hope this helps. 

Talkback: Tomato and parsley hanging basket

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 22:13
PS - try tumbling toms - in pots or baskets, they are great and low maintenance and produce masses of fruit!

Talkback: Tomato and parsley hanging basket

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 22:10
Hi -
From experience,you can grow these anywhere, really - I have a garden with dogs, so nothing can be low level - I have had success with pots bags and baskets, up to and including beefsteak tomatoes and all my veg are in bags, pots or planters, with the same effect. If they are started inside and well established, they will grow happily in whatever you choose to grow them in. They are quite tough really! Hope this helps! Jules

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 21:03

PS Chillies are still in the conservatory - can't risk them going out to the greenhouse yet, as they were all eaten (by slugs?) last year before maturity!

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 21:02

Ah now, this is different to mine - the lower leaves on mine curled and the upper leaves have now grown on ok (the uppermost leaves on yours seem ok too) - I tend to think, given the advice I had that the maturity of the plant is key, and presevere - the season has not yet been too kind to early plants - the bursts of sunshine seem to be helping in the long term....! 

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 22:46

I agree with all of these responses, and am guilty of all really! I've previously got away with the bad weather / bad watering regime as because of weather conditions and later planting (I've been over zealous due to having an electric propogator for xmas)  and so done things a little early due to warm weather!  However, I'm pleased to report having drained the water from the trays and moved them away from the cold gap, the new leaves now growing are very green and healthy (so far!).  I was worried about some form of blight, but this seems like logical precautions to make a happy plant!  Many thanks for the advice to all so far!

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 21:15

Maybe the potting is an issue - thanks for the advice!  I've also emptied the trays below of any water and watered from the top - this has improved the green of the leaves within a day, so maybe there's hope for them yet!  You live and learn....!  Thank you.

Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 18:51

I have raised my own tomatoes from seed, growing Gardner's Delight as I have previously had lots of success with them.  They have been planted and raised indoors and then 3 weeks ago potted into large terracotta pots in the greenhouse, in their peat pots so as not to disturb the roots etc.  The problem is, they have appeared not to grow since, and upon examination, they have some sort of leaf curl, which is also making the leaves appear crispy.  I have removed the offending parts, as is usually good practice, but now I'm stuck for a solution - is this a pest or disease, the cold (although we have had no frost), overwatering, or something more sinister?

Has anyone experienced the same or can offer a solution please?  

Discussions started by Garden Maniac

Black eyed Susan

Is it hardy... 
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Colour changed plant...  
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Grape Vine Care

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Grape Vine Care

Feeding and re-potting a Grape Vine 
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Seed raising problem

Small roots and plants from seed 
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Curly leaves on tomato plants...

Disease, cold or watering problem? 
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Torbay Palm

Can I move them? 
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