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Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:59

Different varieties go through various colours, Zoomer. Some ripen as green.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 07:57

No, David, it's fungal. The spores are airborne. Once it's in situ, it can also be transmitted via the hands, secateurs, etc.

As Bookertoo says, there are sprays that claim to deal with black spot but they're only of use if sprayed preventively - that is, very early in the season, before the spores arrive. Once the spores have settled on the leaves and the symptoms are showing, there's no point spraying. All you can do is remove the affected leaves, destroy them, and keep the ground around the plants clear of any diseased plant material.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 13:44

Letting them mature will give you their full kick. They need decent warmth to hasten the ripening process.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:08

In addition, Carol, time from planting out to maturity depends on the variety. Some take longer than others. Which variety are you growing? If the fruit is already well developed, it's a matter of keeping things sufficiently warm to aid ripening when the process starts.

I wouldn't worry about yellow leaves at this stage of the season. It's very common. Could be overwatering. How often do you water?


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:04

Good stuff, zoomer. Nothing better than a good crop to reward all the work and worry!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:02

Leggi, it's pointless cutting back foliage to aid ripening. Ripening is down to temperature alone, not exposure to sunlight. It's why toms will ripen inside on a kitchen bench. Optimum temps for ripening are low-20sC and above. They will ripen at lower temps but take longer.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 17:07

Yes, onions prefer a pretty stable temperature pattern. I planted mine too early last season, the temps fluctuated madly, and about 70% bolted. Neurotic damn things, onions.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 17:05

The soil should be fine as a starting point. It will obviously have been starved of sun and all the other elements. Dig it over well and you're on the right track with the well-rotted manure.

I would worry about the ant colony. Others mightn't.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 13:39

Raspberries are pretty forgiving, I've found. Well nigh indestructible, in fact. I've dug them up, parked them in containers - big enough for the purpose - of potting mix until ready for transplant, keeping them well watered. Try to take as much of the root ball as you can and not slice through too many roots.


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 13:29

A tbsp of vinegar to a gallon of water will acidify it too. I use it every third or fourth time I water my toms in the ground. The soil here is utterly alkaline - the peninsula is mainly limestone - and the water is equally so.

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