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rust on veg

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 07:01

The only time rust ever hit leeks for me - and the garlic for that matter - I just removed the affected leaves and destroyed them. It didn't impact on the inner edible part of the leek.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 12:46

That's the problem, the papery skin has gone apparently.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 11:26

You wouldn't necessarily add the oil with the garlic if you didn't want it. You thaw the garlic, remove it from the oil. The oil is only to protect the garlic in the freezer.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 09:14

Ah. Shame. You can freeze garlic. It's arguable, though, that it doesn't retain all the original qualities. A friend of mine used to mince it, add it to some good quality oil, and freeze it in little sachets.

storing garlic

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 07:25

Too much moisture can cause the heads to open up like that. Is the flesh of the cloves exposed or is the wrapping still in place?


Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:44

No no no no no no. You'll know if it's crying out for help.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:42

If it happens when the squash is still on the small side, it usually means they haven't been pollinated properly, James. They will shrivel up and fall off. Nature's way of saving the plant wasting goodness on them.

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 06:53

Fungal problems, in particular, hit every tomato grower, Gard. They would certainly account for most of the tomato threads around here. Growing indoors only increases the chances of problems because it's an environment that plays into the spores' sticky, grubby little hands.

Tomatoe plants with no flowers !

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 06:30

Becks - tomato plants have their own wonderful smell, don't they? It comes from an enzyme produced on the leaf. I get the same thing too - walk anywhere near my outdoors toms and the aroma is thick in the air, at other times it's not. It may be that something like watering stimulates or triggers the enzyme.

muddy - the optimum temp for ripening is anything above about 21C. Bring on the sunshine, though it's the temperature that ripens them, not the actual sunlight.


Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 14:55

Unfortunately removing diseased leaves is the only means you have of slowing the disease's spread. For that matter, the disease is defoliating the plant anyway, so it's one and the same thing. No one knows how many healthy leaves a plant needs for sufficient photosynthesis but the question usually becomes academic anyway if the disease has a grip.

Undeveloped fruit isn't uncommon. I've got some on a couple of my plants. It's a pain in the backside in one case because I need to save seeds from that plant this season. Blossom drop can have many causes - lack of pollination, too much humidity, too much fertiliser, and so on. I tend to get it here because of excess heat. When the temp is 42C+ for the plants, something's gotta give.

This could be a tomato annus horribilis for you, Gard, which would be a shame. Unfortunately it's part and parcel of growing toms. I've had more than my share.

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