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is my tomato ok

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 14:10

If it's good quality potting mix it's unlikely to be a magnesium deficiency. Could be the early stages of fungal problems, might be nothing. Wait a couple of days, see what develops, maybe post some more photos.

Runner beans - masses of flowers, only ONE bean.

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:57

Yup. Don't let them dry out when flowering.


Posted: 15/07/2013 at 08:00

Bf, fresh fertiliser isn't good for root crops. For most, it's best to sow/plant into soil that was fertilised, say, the autumn before. They won't need fertilising again during the season.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 07:56

Sandlake - re the pots. Fair enough, all I saw was the wee pots, didn't see the grow bags. Serves me right for not paying more attention. I'll have a close look at those leaf photos later.

Runner Beans

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 09:05
MARIE5 wrote (see)

Have also been  giving them some tomato liquid fertilizer once a week is that OK ??

If the soil is decent to start with, they don't need any fertilising. They manufacture their own nitrogen supply anyway.

How to harvest rocket

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 09:03

Pick the larger, outside leaves first, leaving the younger, inner leaves to develop.

Freshly picked peas

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 09:01

I'm with Welshonion. As soon as they come back to the boil at an absolute maximum. I usually don't even wait that long. All you want to do is stun the pea's growth enzyme and contact with the boiling water is usually enough for that.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 08:57

SandLake, it's not a nitrogen deficiency. I'm not sure that it's TMV either. The best way to check for TMV is to look at the newer, younger leaves. It usually produces a mottled mixture of light and dark green on the leaf surface. Easy to see if it's present.

The fruit looks healthy too. TMV will affect the fruit.

Disease-resistance only means that a plant will, supposedly, last longer with the disease than a non-resistant plant. It doesn't mean a plant won't get the disease.

One other thing. Those small inner pots are very very small for an indeterminate variety. First thing I'd do would be to pot them up into at least a 25-30cm pot.

Tomato Problems

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 06:37

Out of interest, bookmonster, what's the pH of the compost? If you still have a bag, the figure should be listed on it alongside the ingredients, etc. Some peat-free composts have a pH higher than toms really like.

Changing soil with chilli plants

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 07:28

Tina, chillies don't overwinter well. They're very like tomatoes, perennials grown as annuals. They will struggle for the necessary sunlight and warmth to survive till next season.

Anyway, back to the original question, chillies can be grown in any good quality potting mix. I'd avoid peat-free mix. Peat is a necessary contributor to the pH levels of the mix.

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