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Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 08:48


Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:56

I'd work very carefully if it is rocket. Mature rocket can form a sort of tap root and yanking it unceremoniously might disturb any young beetroots.

Been here - in central Tuscany - for seven years, nadiamaz. Fled Australia to come here. Never regretted it!

Beetroot cyclindra

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:21

They almost look like rocket leaves.

Tomatoes not setting fruit

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 07:18

You don't need to cross pollinate. They're self-pollinating. Just give the flowers a tap or a brush with your hand. One of the great frustrations for tom growers is flowers not setting fruit. Over-watering and over-fertilising can be a factor. High temps and humidity can also work against fruit setting. We've had a week in the high 30sC here and flowers are shrivelling and dying.

Potato blight

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 08:32

I think you're right. It doesn't seem to have blight's characteristics. Here's blight:


Potato blight

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 06:27

Can you post a photo of the problem?

Here are some photos of magnesium deficiency in potatoes. Scroll down to photos 161 and 162 and see if you recognise the symptoms.

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Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 15:07

No, it's also used on grapes, potatoes and other things.

Potato blight

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 06:29

Bordeaux mixture - a blend of copper sulphate and hydrated lime - is an age-old treatment for blight. Like all such treatments, it's preventive rather than curative. There is an issue these days with the copper component. Even though technically organic, it's unfriendly to insects, etc, and will accumulate in the soil. There are other options but they're chemical. I'd talk to a good garden centre about the options.

Gigantic courgette leaves

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 11:37
lucy33 wrote (see)
Hi. I have a courgette plant that has gigantic leaves and lots of them but no flowers. This is planted in a raised bed. Not sure if it's overloaded with nutrients as all my veg in the raised beds have really large greenery but nothing else.

Have you been feeding with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser? It will promote leaf growth at the expense of nearly everything else. Carrots shouldn't be fertilised at all.


Posted: 29/06/2012 at 06:57

I'd suggest that they're being overwatered. Unless toms are in very small pots in hot direct sun, they should never need watering every day. Toms thrive on "tough love" - a minimum of water and fertiliser.

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