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Cucumbers

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 06:14

Yes, in containers in particular, but even in the ground they will wilt on a hot day regardless of how much moisture there is in the compost. They usually perk up again when things cool down.

If it isn't a temperature issue it could be various other things. How old are the plants and where are they?

 

problem with toms!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 12:06

Do you mean the affected leaves are darker brown around the edges? In other words, leaves with brown spots with darker brown edges?

problem with toms!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 09:33

"Blight" has become a bit of a generic term. It gets applied to any leaf disease. There are only really two "blights" - Early (very common in the home garden) and Late (uncommon in the home garden). Most of the fungal and even some of the bacterial diseases have similar sorts of symptoms. It takes practice and a keen eye to tell them apart.

Anyways, brown spots can be fungal but a bit more detail would help. Are they simply spots? Or is there any sign of a "halo" around them?

This, for example, is Septoria Leaf Spot, probably the most common fungal problem in the domestic garden:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8588.jpg?width=194&height=259&mode=max

This is Early Blight, which rivals SLS for frequency in the domestic garden:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8589.jpg?width=375&height=350&mode=max

The identifier for Early Blight is those tiny rings you can see within the enlarged brown spots.

How exactly do your spots look, f&n?

 

Tomatoes

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:54

By the by, I was looking for a pic of one of my Marianna's Peace toms but couldn't find one. Odd, because I'm forever taking pics of my toms. In its place, this season's MP plant taken about a month ago, roughly a week after planting out. It's now three times the size. Note the lovely potato leaves:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8507.jpg?width=320&height=214&mode=max

The plant in front of it, with a couple of leaves just visible, is another potato leaf variety, Brandywine OTV.

Tomatoes

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 12:18

Janie, I just sent you a private message.

what to intercrop with squash?

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 07:33

I'd go with radishes. They'll be up, matured and eaten before the squash suffocates them.

Tomatoes

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 06:41

Well done, figrat. I'd forgotten about the PM system here. I'm still living in the days of the old BBC board, prehistoric and useless as it was.

Tomatoes

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:16

There wouldn't be any security problem, Janie, nothing is stored, it would be deleted as soon as I read it. But anyway, no problems. For true flavour you're going to have to go with heirlooms and you'll probably only find them with online seed suppliers. Here are a couple of recommendations for you to look for:

Marianna's Peace - as I said, a tomato great. Large dark pink beefsteak on a potato leaf plant. Like a glass of fine red wine.

Cherokee Purple - it's mentioned on the blog. Its sister, Cherokee Chocolate, also on the blog, isn't far behind. Doesn't have quite the same intensity of flavour.

Brandywine OTV - another dark pink befsteak on a potato leaf plant. The result of an accidental cross between a Brandywine and an unknown yellow tom, grown out and stabilised by a couple of American growers. More productive and less temperamental than Brandywine and a delicious tom.

Soldacki - a Polish variety, yet another dark pink beefsteak on a PL plant. Beautiful tom.

Best of luck!

 

Bush v cordon tomatoes?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:03

Not really when they're just seedlings. Once growth gets underway you'll soon see the difference. The indeterminates (cordons) will grow straight up, the bush varieties will more begin to spread.

Tomatoes

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 08:55

Mmm. You'll have to cut and paste that address into your browser. I don't know why posting links is so difficult on these boards.

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