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Posted: 20/09/2012 at 07:55

Aubergines are like tomatoes, chillies, etc, in that technically they are perennials but are grown as annuals. Mainly because, in cooler climates, winter kills them off. A cold frame wouldn't keep them warm enough. You'd need at least a heated greenhouse. I know people who have overwintered them but in a warm climate. The results were mixed.

When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:58

Okay. Bear in mind that, grown from seed, they're usually a year behind planted crowns.

When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 08:08

Late autumn or early spring. Prep the bed well with lots of nice rich organic material.

New gardener rose question

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 07:01

It's down to luck in terms of the combination of the fungal spores being around in damp or humid conditions. Given those conditions, odds are you'll finish up with it. As I said, it's about the most common rose fungal problem.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 08:52

Ah, they're babies. Providing they're in a decent potting mix I wouldn't feed them at all yet. The roots are still vulnerable and you could burn them. I wouldn't overwater them either. Like any seedling they just need as much light and warmth as they can get.

Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:17

Or a crowbar.

Autumn Fruiting Raspberries

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:53

That's what I was thinking. Odd that the difference in Mary's patch is that small intersecting area, though.

New site - bugs

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:07

There have been problems down there for a while, geoff. A few weeks ago, when I was trying to find a work around for the email problem, you couldn't save any changes. There was an error message saying to try again.

Still, I got an email notification of your post. Something's working. Some of the time.

green manure and crop rotation from strawberries to tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 06:58

To be honest, I wouldn't plant a green manure in a bed destined for tomatoes. Nitrogen is really the least of a tomato plant's requirements. An abundance of it will encourage foliage growth at the expense of flowers and fruit. I'd just dig in manure - if you have access to any - and lots of compost.

Tomato probs

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:25

There's no cure, Colin, not just for Late Blight but for any of the other fungal diseases. Once the spores have arrived and settled in - when the symptoms are showing - you can't kill them off. The same applies to most fungal garden problems - Black Spot on roses, etc.

All you can do is try to mimimise their effects after arrival or take preventive measures - prior to their arrival - by either spraying or undertaking the basic housekeeping procedures I've mentioned here so many times.

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