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Tomato rot?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 15:16
Agree with all of the above. Most forms of blight you Will see affect the leaves then spreading to fruits and stems.
If it doesnt spread put it down to water or chemical scorching. Which would be unrelated to soil issues. However if there is any further spread it would most likely be blight related. And would suggest changing the soil or not using the greenhouse for toms (or spuds) for a couple of seasons

Tomato rot?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 23:07
Its a type of blight. A lot of people have had the same issue. It may also be affecting the leaves and stem too (turns brown) if caught early enough you can treat the plants with an appropriate fungicide. However based on your picture its probably a bit late. Best to pull all the affected plants out and either burn it or send to tip

Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:03

I would suggest rotating tomato crops to other areas, as this minimises the risk of blight being contracted, i have seen varied views that blight can remain in the soil from 2-3 up to 6 years, this would also be the same for potato`s as they are often attacked by the blight contracted by tomato`s. i normally rotate on a 4/5 year cycle, starting with toms then a root veg (beetroot or carrots), then onions & leaks and then either salad or brassicas, and finally restart the cycle again (making sure to replenish as much nutrients as possible after each successfull crop.)

Greenhouse after tomato blight

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 09:46

I had the same sort of problem in west sussex, as grew 4 moneymakers in a newly aquired greenhouse, alongside cucumbers & aubagines, however the tomato`s are the only plants affected luckily, think i will stick with anything but tomato`s for the greenhouse next year. as the toms grow just as well outside.

Cucumber and Spider Mite, Still edible?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 19:57

Spider mites also have a habit of infecting strawberry plants when grown inside (experimented brightening up the office) but 4 plants died within weeks of being brought inside. Would agree with Gardeningfanatic though, it seems mist/steam is best way to go to keep them at bay.

growing onions from seed

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 19:44

I have grown from seeds for the past 6/7 years and was only intoduced to sets this year as a relative had more then he needed, the sets seemed ok (red & white) but dont really compare in size or flavour to the seeds grown in previous years, i normally start my seeds in trays from March, or straight in to the ground from mid/late April (weather & temperature dependant)

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