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Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:58

It's certainly a lot warmer here but also, crucially, it's a pretty dry heat. I still get fungal problems. They're unavoidable. The spores are everywhere in the air. The drier heat, though, helps against the problems multiplying. Humidity is the spores' friend. Back in Sydney, summer temps would sit in the low-mid 30s but the humidity would hit 80+%. A fungal nightmare.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:19

It will also depend what else might have been introduced into the tap water by various authorities. When I lived in Sydney, after outbreaks of giardia, the authorities loaded the water with chlorine and other things. Not only undrinkable but virtually poisonous in the garden.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:00

No, RT, it's a very interesting test. Here in Italy, with the peninsula basically a giant piece of limestone, the tap water is massively alkaline. Over the course of the tom growing season, tap water can and will sweeten the soil to an extent that toms don't appreciate. It's something I always have to keep in mind.

Have you ever tested the pH of your tap water?

Feeding Rhubarb.

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:48

Mitzi, the problem with the beans is that (a) they are climbers and will grow to 6' or more and also spread sideways to an extent; and (b) will need strong supports in the form of canes of some description. One 12" pot isn't big enough to accommodate four plants and the pot isn't deep enough to provide stable support for the canes.

You could try separating them into different pots but, again, the problem could be supporting them.

Feeding Rhubarb.

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 07:38

Rhubarb's a bit like asparagus in that wherever it's planted becomes its home for potentially a very long time. So major improvements to the soil need to be done prior to planting. Or, if you've literally only just planted, you can lift the plants, attend to the soil, and replace the plants.

Rhubarb's actually pretty tolerant. It loves well-drained soil with plenty of organic stuff dug in but will still grow in average soil conditions as Sara's rhubarb proves. But the better conditions you give it, the more it will reward you. What sort of soil are yours planted in, Mitzi?

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 07:21

If only it were ... if only it were ...

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:54

Good idea, Fairygirl, but you'd have to keep the thread towards the top. Otherwise people will miss it and post individual threads as happens now.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:41

Pfffffffffffft. Call that a day's work?  

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:01

Yep, varieties would help. Some produce flowers (hence fruit) on branches off the stem, some produce them on the stem itself. You can generally tell by the miniature growths that will eventually become flowers.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 06:40

Yes, I gather that. Though it has taken a long time to turn up this year. We've had the coldest, wettest spring in decades. What are you doing up so early?

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