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Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 16:40

Bathroom sounds perfect!

SPOTS ON TOMS?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 11:22

A-ha! Fertiliser burn. One of the hazards of foliar feeding. Foliar feeding of toms can have its downsides - apart from burning, the wetting of the leaves can open the door to fungal problems. That's why I stick to feeding the roots when I fertilise. Which isn't that often.

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 10:15

Another thought. Unless, of course, it actually gets cold in the conservatory during the day. If there's sunlight available in the bathroom it might be better.

Help what's happened to my Tomatoes?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 10:07

The conservatory would probably give them the best light. Natural sunlight is best. Does the temp drop in there at night? If so, I'd keep them in the conservatory during the day but shift them into, say, the bathroom at night. Or persuade your son to do so. Bribe him if need be.

which ones

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 08:41

Everyone has their own preferences. On balance, given that they're good quality, I prefer clay mainly for aesthetic reasons. They're heavier, therefore more of a chore to move, but they can also "breathe", unlike plastic, but that also means they don't retain moisture as well as plastic. Clay pots can also leach salts, leaving a build up of salts around the outside. But I still prefer them. If someone gave me 70 clay pots - of good quality - I'd think it was Christmas!

SPOTS ON TOMS?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 08:26

It doesn't look to be fungal, the spots lack the tell-tale halo around them. It could be scorch or even fertiliser burn. Has anything like fertiliser been on the leaves?

Lavenders

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 08:15
Gold1locks wrote (see)

I assume they are English lavenders. French lavenders are not fully hardy.

That's what I'd heard. I planted one a couple of years ago and it has come through two winters buried under two feet of snow. It's now blooming its head off yet again. Not sure how or why, but I'm not complaining.

Rubarb Rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 17:14

Yes, you can compost them safely. The oxalic acid breaks down in the decomposition process.

Hello gardeners

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 12:50

Pumpkin vines can grow virtually forever left unchecked. After I get a couple of pumpkins on a particular length of vine I nip out the growing tip to let the plant worry about developing the fruit instead of spreading any further.

Rubarb Rubarb

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 08:53

Yes, the leaves make a very handy spray against various pests, but you have to be careful. A friend of mine swears by it, spraying it on everything, including vegies. He remains perfectly healthy. Another friend won't use it on vegies because of the oxalic acid content.

Chop up the leaves, simmer in water for about half an hour, strain, add some liquid soap, and that's it. Make sure you label the container.

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