Italophile


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New gardener rose question

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 07:01

It's down to luck in terms of the combination of the fungal spores being around in damp or humid conditions. Given those conditions, odds are you'll finish up with it. As I said, it's about the most common rose fungal problem.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 08:52

Ah, they're babies. Providing they're in a decent potting mix I wouldn't feed them at all yet. The roots are still vulnerable and you could burn them. I wouldn't overwater them either. Like any seedling they just need as much light and warmth as they can get.

Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:17

Or a crowbar.

Autumn Fruiting Raspberries

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:53

That's what I was thinking. Odd that the difference in Mary's patch is that small intersecting area, though.

New site - bugs

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:07

There have been problems down there for a while, geoff. A few weeks ago, when I was trying to find a work around for the email problem, you couldn't save any changes. There was an error message saying to try again.

Still, I got an email notification of your post. Something's working. Some of the time.

green manure and crop rotation from strawberries to tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 06:58

To be honest, I wouldn't plant a green manure in a bed destined for tomatoes. Nitrogen is really the least of a tomato plant's requirements. An abundance of it will encourage foliage growth at the expense of flowers and fruit. I'd just dig in manure - if you have access to any - and lots of compost.

Tomato probs

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:25

There's no cure, Colin, not just for Late Blight but for any of the other fungal diseases. Once the spores have arrived and settled in - when the symptoms are showing - you can't kill them off. The same applies to most fungal garden problems - Black Spot on roses, etc.

All you can do is try to mimimise their effects after arrival or take preventive measures - prior to their arrival - by either spraying or undertaking the basic housekeeping procedures I've mentioned here so many times.

Any idea what this fruit is?

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 11:00

Taking a photo is the easy part. Posting it is the problem!

Any idea what this fruit is?

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 10:18

The photo uploading system ain't working. I tried countless times yesterday. Fix the email notifications, something else breaks. Though my notifications are back to random again.

Pink jester tomatoes

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 08:05

I haven't heard of Jester/Pink Jester before but Google seems to indicate that they're called Pink Jester. They're a plum-shaped cherry and it's a determinate (bush) plant. They're a F1 hybrid variety.

No tomato needs bees for pollination. They're self-pollinating, the flowers carry both male and female parts. Bees can only be helpful in that their activity can cause the transfer of pollen within the flower. You can achieve the same thing yourself by brushing the flower with your hand or giving it a light flick with your fingers.

Where you grow them depends entirely on your local weather conditions. If you can count on at least a couple of months of decent warm weather - by which I mean mid-20sC - and a spot that gets at least 6 hours a day of sun, you can grow them outside. Otherwise a greenhouse might be better.

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