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Corn on the cob

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 07:27

You're right, Zoomer, corn won't ripen off the plant.

Pepper and Chilli problems

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 07:24

Peppers and chillies don't need a lot of feeding anyway. They're like tomatoes, much more likely to produce well if left to struggle a little. But to answer the question, once fruit is starting to ripen it's not drawing much from the plant and fertiliser is pretty much wasted.

When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:57

Unless it gets blindingly hot, I'd go for the full sun. It needs plenty of sun.

Seed companies

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 09:42

I stick with T&M for seeds I can't source here in Italy. Great range, prompt delivery, never any germination problems.

Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:30

If it's a blight - let's call it fungal - issue, it has no devastating impact on the soil. If Late Blight, the spores don't live on in soil. If Early Blight, much more common, spores can have fallen to the soil. Turn the soil over and bury them. Buried, they're harmless. Ditto the other fungal diseases. A scrub of the greenhouse with a 1:10 bleach solution will deal with any lingering nasties.

Given reasonable precautions, reinfection from spores from the previous season is pretty rare. Most infections are new ones. Fresh spores arrive every season. They travel on the breeze. There's really no avoiding them.

Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 14:58
Jammy2 wrote (see)

I agree it does look a bit like the photo of late blight. Maybe I've just been lucky - I've removed the fruit as soon as I noticed a problem.

I have used liquid tomato fertiliser - that could be the issue and would explain why its only the lower ones where I watered

Late Blight usually manifests on leaves and branches/stems before it spreads to the fruit. If it's the fruit alone that's damaged, I suspect something else has impacted.

Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 14:54

Gary, both Early and Late Blight affect spuds and toms so, if the spores are around, they are going to spread.

Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 12:53

Mmmmm. If it were one of the common fungal or bacterial diseases there would be symptoms elsewhere. It looks a wee bit like Late Blight -

- but it can't be with no other symptoms. And if it were Late Blight it would have demolished the plants within your two or three week time frame.

Any chance of it being fertiliser burn?

Nice toms, though, and I like your gap between the lowest foliage and the soil. Good housekeeping!

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 11:14

Brandywine is one of the great toms, Maud. You couldn't have chosen better. Plus anything you sow, grow, nurture and harvest yourself always tastes better!

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 10:51

The theory is that the banana exudes ethylene gas, a substance that hastens the ripening process. Toms actually produce their own. I tried it once, just for fun, and found it made no difference at all. Ripening is down to warmth. Optimum temps are anything above low-20sC.

Enjoy the Brandywines!

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