Mel Mcbride

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Many questions about late blight?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 16:09

Ohhh, thank you so much


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:33

I have loads of orange ones I will take a pic later when they come out, the sun's still up at the mo.

How do you tell the difference these and the native ones we have that look the same. Just been googling.. is it the grey circle things on the sides, do our ones have those or just the Spanish ones? I really can't tell the difference colour-wise via google images, but I'm kinda excited that I might have the Spanish ones

Many questions about late blight?

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 15:27

Just noticed I may have blight on the lower trusses of one tomato plant. So this has raised have a dozen questions...

Does cutting off the blight parts fix the problem or should I toss the plant?

Can I pick off and eat the fruit on the parts of the plant the blight hasn't hit yet?

The plants are so close they're hugging each other. Does blight spread, and if you cannot see any.. does that mean it's not there.. or is the beginning of it invisible?

Composting. Can I compost a blight covered plant? If not, can I compost some of it, if I take off the blight parts? 

Lastly, just out of curiosity, what actually is blight? Is it a disease or a life source in itself. Once it's covered and killed a plant, does it die with the host, or live on?

What to do with downy and powdery mildew patch?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 13:35

But anyway, mostly, I'm keen to know if the patch is safe to use with other things, or if it should be left for a bit. It seems it's ok to go ahead. I'm looking forward to seeing if this sugar water thing works with the pumpkins.

What to do with downy and powdery mildew patch?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 13:34

Is there anything else that looks exactly like it? It's the classic yellow dots that gradually merge in to each other.

One of the plants only had this type and not the powdery. I started the milk spray before it spread to it. It's a midget plant for some reason though, not quite sure how that happened lol



What to do with downy and powdery mildew patch?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 12:46

My pumpkin patch was infested with powdery mildew. I fought it back with milk solution, worked a treat! I thought the yellow patches were sort of scars.. didn't realise it's actually downy mildew as well Also, the powdery mildew isn't fully gone.

I'm planning to grow the pumkin in sugar water now, with only a small part of the vine, and remove the rest. There's time to put in some winter veg in the patch, but I have niggling doubts.

I'm worried about this patch and the grass that it grew across - roughly 5 feet. Should I do anything to it, to kill off the spores that are probably all over the lawn?

Or shall I just grow things there for a few season that aren't susceptible to these funguses? Will it die off that way after a few years? I'm more than willing to dig out and lose all the soil in the bed and the lawn.. got plenty of grass seeds


What are some good plants for colour during winter?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 15:46

Oh wow, so many suggestions thanks everyone.

Fairygirl I have tons of space. It's all lawn bar a bit around the edges I've dug up so far. Not exactly sure what the shape of it will be come then end, but I'm more than happy to lose lots of lawn. I hate mowing, with a passion

New raised beds, clumpy soil, advice please?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 15:35

The great thing about clay is it does make an excellent sub-bed. Nutrient rich and holds water. A couple inches of pebbles or stones under your bed up to ground level, works a treat for drainage.




What are some good plants for colour during winter?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 13:55

Apart from the chinese (?) purple one that looks like cannabis leaves, (they always die on me) what other plants are good for colour in the winter?

I have heavy clay soil, but I can dig, add drainage and replace with different soil.They'll need to like a clay sub-bed - though I think most plants do. ~ Not too sure.

A lot of my garden is shaded in winter because of large fern trees at the back. The areas I'm thinking of putting new plants, has only about 4 hours direct sunlight (on a cloudless day) during dec/jan/feb-ish

short sweetcorn

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 13:28

I grew a few lots in pots, not the ground. The ones I grew outside are really short, but the polytunnel ones are over 6ft. This is my first year growing them. Funny thing is, the ones outside had more direct sunlight hours than the poly tunnel does. About 4 hours more!

I've concluded from this, that heat is more important than light for getting the height. We've had plenty of light and heat in Somerset, but a hella lot of cold winds, which the poly tunnel plants are protected from. - But that's only a guess! It could be something to do with the watering, or maybe they thrive in less light.. It's all a bit experimental in my garden

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Many questions about late blight?

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What to do with downy and powdery mildew patch?

for future use 
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What are some good plants for colour during winter?

Grey n green not doing it for me hehe 
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Aphids: Luck or something else?

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Is this the beginning of blossom end rot?

Tomato pic inside 
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If, when and where to use straw?

I'm confused ....again 
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Wild garlic seeds help

Trying not to learn the hard way! :) 
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What have you learnt this year?

Will you do things differently next year :) 
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Some questions about Basil

Forcing to seed 
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Where abouts to cut the leaves on pumpkins?

Possibly the dumbest question ever asked ! 
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Anyone good with onions?

Seed pods just about to blow! 
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If I let a bolting spinach run...

Good idea or bad idea? 
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Help me save my courgettes please!

what is this? 
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How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Are seed mix-ups normal in the gardening world? 
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Suppose to be salad but..

what is this? 
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