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Tomatoes Indoors for next year

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 12:43

daisy, it will be a matter of replicating summer growing conditions. Sunlight rather than daylight and temps hopefully in the 20s. It will certainly survive in lesser conditions but any cropping will be compromised.

Green tomatoes

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 12:39

They're bound to be F1 so they won't grow true to type. There's also every chance they're a proprietary brand so seeds might not be available. A quick Google doesn't reveal any seed sources. Regardless, there are quite a few ripe-when-green varieties in circulation so alternatives wouldn't be difficult to find.

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:01

Bf206, it's not a bad idea to use a bleach solution to clean out any pots you're going to re-use for whatever purpose. Not necessarily against tomato fungal diseases because the residual spores, if any, will have been on top of the soil. They don't poison the soil or pots, per se.

Passion Flower query

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 10:42

They more than wander a bit in the ground. I had to yank mine because it was turning into the bully of all time, popping up all over the place. Even now, four years later, it still reappears. Mine, in the ground, coped with frost, snow, everything.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 07:36

I've moved mine around this time of year. After they've finished producing, giving them time to re-establish before it gets too cold.

Last years Garlic as this years seed ?

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 08:34

I had to give up growing garlic for space reasons but I always found it best to buy in good quality seed garlic. Plumper, healthier and certified disease-free.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 11:00

I must be lucky. In 25+ years of tom growing, never suffered Late Blight. 

Tomato Blight

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 08:51

Tomsk, no idea why they should taste "salty". It's highly unlikely to be related to any feeding procedure. Toms' flavours are dictated by their genes. 

The number of seeds is down to the variety. Some are loaded with seeds, others - plum varieties, for example - have fewer seeds.

Woodgreen, "blight resistant" just means the plant will, in theory, cope better with fungal infections. If fungal spores are around, a plant will become infected. In fact, for the more benign* fungal infections like Early Blight, good housekeeping - nipping off affected foliage at the first sign of infection, etc - should see the plant through to the end of the season.

*As opposed to the destructive infections like Late Blight.

dehydrating chilli peppers

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 08:25

A couple of years ago I left mine on the plants in the garden well into winter. They freeze-dried. Perfect.

TOMATO BLIGHT- What to do next year?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 06:57

Not a bad idea. There are hybrid varieties around that are marketed as resistant to various fungal diseases. It doesn't mean they won't contract disease, just that they should cope better with it.

That said, the common fungal diseases - apart from Late Blight - take a long time to knock over a plant. Good housekeeping - removing affected foliage at the first sign of symptoms - should see the plant through to the end of the season. Late Blight is a different matter. It spells curtains.

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