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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 00:53

I just need a little advice, this year is my first growing these tomatoes (and outside open to the elements too), how much cutting back can they take? I have lovely big green tomatoes on them but obviously the sun and warmth need to get in to ripen the fruit, but at the moment they're sheltered under a canopy of greenery. I've been a little scared to cut back, apart from the bottom stems of course, how much should I lop off?

The Alicante are looking delightfully promising too.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 00:05

Mine too, is it best to cut them all back?


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 00:40

I tried last year but the exceptional wet we had (and the lack of any undercover space inside) meant that blight got them before they were anywhere near ready. I would try again if I had a greenhouse that I could move them to when the weather is less than ideal, and in sacks as mentioned above. It's my understanding that varieties sold around now for harvesting at Christmas are first earlies, as they'll take at least 12 weeks to grow. 

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 21:29

Thanks Alina, that's most appreciated. 

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:53

Thanks Lyn. That's quite annoying as up till a few days ago I just had the one plant and didn't even know rust existed. Since spotting some nice healthy looking ones on a garden centre discount shelf this week I now have five more, I'm tempted to pull up the infected one and plant the new ones there. If I do this what spray should I be using against rust in future?

Scale Insects on my rose

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:30

I has this problem on my acer earlier this year. I made a mix with fairy liquid and water in a bottle, mixed it by shaking, then used the foam only from the top only to wash them off with an old cloth and paper towels to dry it after. I've checked today and it's still clear of the pests, although washing the stems in this way with a rose bush is obviously going to be harder because of the prickles. Maybe you could use an old sponge instead of the cloth. Let us know what you choose and the results anyway.

Hollyhock Rust?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:23

Whilst spraying against blackfly on my Verbascums this afternoon I noticed something wrong on the underside of my hollyhock leaves. Is it rust? And any tips on treating it please? I've read to remove affected leaves, but this would leave the plant bare, would an insectisidal soap wash help or would that be pointless in this instance? Thanks.






Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:01

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was regularly 'catching' 40-50 slugs and snails a night, this year I've seen so few I haven't needed to go out at night at all and there's little to no damage on plants either. I do have a sneaking suspicion that this year will be known as the year of the aphid though.

Pest problem on Allotment

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:58

Loads of legs would suggest they're not wireworm. I should learn to read properly

Pest problem on Allotment

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 21:47

Wireworms probably, although they usually eat the potatoes.

Discussions started by Leggi

Planting this year after potatoes

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