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Pepper and Chilli problems

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 18:53

Sounds drastic. Any chance of a photo?

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 09:50
Loz wrote (see)

Yeyyyyyy, I have 2 tiny tomatoes but guess what....the first ones to fruit are the most neglected! after filling 3 grow-bags I had 4 plants left which I left in their small pots for weeks then later popped all 4 into a terracotta pot and stuck them in the greenhouse, they have had the least water because of the pot and now I have fruit! obviously I've been over watering. The actual plants look the healthiest too, the grow-bags look leggy, a bit crinkly looking, but not crispy and have creamy white specks on and brown edges whereas the pot are all a lovely green colour......very odd! anyway.....I HAVE TOMS!!!!!!

There you go, Loz, proof that toms don't need to be pampered. Try the controlled neglect approach next year and you'll be inundated with the things.

rust on veg

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 07:01

The only time rust ever hit leeks for me - and the garlic for that matter - I just removed the affected leaves and destroyed them. It didn't impact on the inner edible part of the leek.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:46

That's the problem, the papery skin has gone apparently.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 11:26

You wouldn't necessarily add the oil with the garlic if you didn't want it. You thaw the garlic, remove it from the oil. The oil is only to protect the garlic in the freezer.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:14

Ah. Shame. You can freeze garlic. It's arguable, though, that it doesn't retain all the original qualities. A friend of mine used to mince it, add it to some good quality oil, and freeze it in little sachets.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 07:25

Too much moisture can cause the heads to open up like that. Is the flesh of the cloves exposed or is the wrapping still in place?


Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:44

No no no no no no. You'll know if it's crying out for help.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:42

If it happens when the squash is still on the small side, it usually means they haven't been pollinated properly, James. They will shrivel up and fall off. Nature's way of saving the plant wasting goodness on them.

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 06:53

Fungal problems, in particular, hit every tomato grower, Gard. They would certainly account for most of the tomato threads around here. Growing indoors only increases the chances of problems because it's an environment that plays into the spores' sticky, grubby little hands.

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