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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:

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

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?



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:

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Posted: 07/06/2012 at 08:53

Janie, you won't find Cherokee Purple plants anywhere. Seeds are available commercially. I have saved seeds for CP and a number of other even nicer heirlooms. Marianna's Peace, for example, rivals Brandywine for flavour, I think. I can send you any number of seeds if you like.

Here's a link to my gardening blog (which, I'm ashamed to admit, I haven't updated in eons). You can let me know your email address and/or name and address by posting in the comments section. I won't publish the details.

BTW, the posts on the blog about flowers are by my wife!

Help with chilli plant growing

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 06:51

It's a bit like a determinate tomato - the fruit on the branch marks the end of the branch's growth, but the plant itself fills out. Here's a photo of an Apache plant at its peak:

There's nothing you can do to force the plant. Just give it as much warmth and sunlight as you can. They thrive on both.

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