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Can I save them?

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:58

It's fungal, Seb. Spraying with anything is pretty much a waste of time after the plant is infected. Spraying has to be preventive - before any infection. All you can do is remove all the affected foliage, destroy it, and keep an eye out for more.

Fungal spores travel on the breeze and there's no avoiding them if they're around. Early and Late Blight are both common to potatoes and tomatoes and can transfer. If you have spuds in the ground, check the foliage.

As Boater says, things like Blightwatch are only indicators of weather conditions that could be conducive to infection. If the spores aren't around, no problems regardless of the weather. If they are, they will settle on the leaves regardless of weather conditions. Dampness and humidity hasten their progress.

Indigo Rose tomatoes

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 06:10

Our Westie pup - idiot that it is - woke me up at 6am to go for her walk. I'm thinking of putting her through the mulcher. 

Indigo Rose tomatoes

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 05:57

Don't you ever sleep?

Indigo Rose tomatoes

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 05:48

I think so. Start worrying if the blue side is ripe and the other side isn't. 

I wonder what the variety's parents are. One of the "black" varieties would have to be in the mix somewhere.

tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 15:19

It's not uncommon, primrose. A slap (or a tickle) won't hurt the outside ones either. You can't always count on fossicking insects to trigger the self-pollination process.

Indigo Rose tomatoes

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 15:14

I'd never heard of the variety, wg, had to Google it. It's one of those "blue" varieties? What I read seems to suggest that the fruit darkens on the sunny side and reddens on the shady side. Is that what's happening? (Or not happening?)

Sowing pumpkin seeds in July

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 06:23

Never a truer word said. 

Sowing pumpkin seeds in July

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 06:48

85 days to harvest (according to the packet) is on the short side for a pumpkin so it seems to be an earlier variety. That's 85 days from planting out, so it's going to depend on your growing season - how long it will stay warm enough to keep them developing.

Growing raspberries in pots

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 07:33

Yes, you can grow them in pots. The pots need to be a decent size, depth particularly, because you'll need to embed stakes to support the canes. Wait for at least autumn.

Ugly spots on my tomato plant

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:45

That's why I'd like to see the undersides of the leaves. 

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