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Tomato blight

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:04

Thanks guys, I guess we just have to take our chances.  I am pretty sure that the very mild winter has been partly to blame - we need a really cold spell to kill of (most) of the baddies, Good luck

Tomato blight

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:20

Thanks, Italophile.  It was definitely late blight, with sudden onset and all leaves, stems and fruit affected.  Will have to think hard what to do for next year but will probably end up frequenting the farm shop......

Tomato problems

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:10

Definitely cut your losses and pick everything - don't put stems, leaves and affected fruits on the compost.  Once blight starts it spreads rapidly - overnight in my case (also SE England).

Tomato blight

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:06

After suffering the loss of my outdoor tomatoes last season just as they were starting to ripen, I chose 'Ferline' this year because it is supposed to be blight resistant - not so.  Same thing happened, the whole lot was blighted overnight, just as about to ripen.  I am so depressed I do not feel like trying again next year - any suggestions?

You know you are getting old when...

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 13:18

When you have to have a knee replacement and can't dig for 3 months!

Talkback: Aphids

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 08:43
If the aphids are so severe that one has to spray, I find that a teaspoon of Fairy liquid and a teaspoon of sunflower oil (as a sticker) in about a litre of water makes a good organic and harmless spray. Garlic spray also works - I used this on a sudden large infestation of black aphid on my runner beans this year.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 09:11

Regarding green-and blackfly.  I use a spray of boiled garlic water with a teaspoon of sunflower added to act as a sticker.  This worked on my runner beans this year.  My beans were not setting when the weather was so hot but are producing nicely now the nights are a little cooler.

Inspiration and ideas needed

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 08:18

Hi Eddie,  I agree with the others not to do any more black painting.  I have also got a north-facing garden with clay soil and the plants that do well are (amongst others) hollies (variegated would be good in yours), yew, Euonymous, rhododendrons (not the invasive ponticum), Spiraea varieties, roses, irises, and for ground cover hardy geraniums and variegated ivies, plus any number of bulbs and most hardy perennials, so don't despair.  Many perennials can be grown from seed, or beg cuttings or divisions from friends and neighbours - any gardener would be happy to help out.  Good luck!

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 11:07

Yes, Gardeners' World - we miss you!  The only good gardening programme on TV and it has to be set aside for sports coverage.  Bearing in mind that one is usually either a sports lover or a gardener, this is hardly fair!  I also agree that some repeats of older programmes would be good - I have only been back in the UK for a year after spending many years in South Africa so have missed many years of GW programmes.

Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 15:16

I haven't seen the programmes but was at the Show on Wednesday and thought the gardens were better this year.  I liked the fact that they were not too 'contemporary/architectural' in style and had lots of soft diverse planting.  The smaller gardens showed what could be achieved in the average tiny suburban plot - the cost would be much less if recycled/salvaged materials were used and of course far less plants as the show gardens have to look as full as possible whereas we could wait a full season for the plants to fill out.

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