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Roses with black spot

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:50

If you're spraying against black spot it has to be preventive - ie, spray before any sign of infection. Same as spraying against any sort of airborne fungal spores. It doesn't guarantee your plant won't be affected but it's about the only defence you have. Plus, of course, good garden housekeeping.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 16:59

Looks like excessive moisture to me. You can let them dry out within reason.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:37

Could be too much moisture, Kitty. No plant likes permanently damp feet.

clk, most cukes are vines. They will gangle about in all directions because that's what vines do. If they produce lots, that's all that matters. Leaving aside diseases like mildew, to which they can be prone, the vines will gradually run out of steam towards the end of the season and take on an unhealthy appearance.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:17

Warmth is the key.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 11:59

If you're worried about the slugs you should probably grow in the greenhouse, violet.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:46

Sweetcorn usually needs decent warmth to germinate. They also usually take more than a week.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:00

It depends entirely on what type of veg you want to grow, Mr b. Generally speaking, summer crops should be being sown now.

Tomato plants

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 08:06

Fishy, it's all down to temperatures. There's a discussion about it here

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 10:10

Ultimately it boils down to overnight temps, Bf. They have to be read alongside daytime temps. Overnight temps in single figures - within reason, obviously - won't hurt the plants (as written above) but their development will be slowed. Ideally, you'd want overnight temps into double figures.

I think I've posted before about my experiment years ago back in Sydney. I planted out a batch in early spring with overnight temps around 8 or 9C. I planted out the rest a month later with overnight temps around 12 or 13C. The two batches started their ripening process at the same time. The early planting just meant they took longer.

Obviously you're at the mercy of your local climate but, all boiled down, it depends how long you want to wait.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 08:15

That's all that matters.

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