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Something is eating my tomatoes!

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 19:28

I've had caterpillars from a moth eating my toms, they eat both red and green toms.. The caterpillars aren't unlike cabbage white one's. Keep checking the leaves but also but some white paper around the base of your plant and give the plant a shake, the caterpillars should drop off onto the paper. 

If you are growing in a GH, at the end of the growing season take all plants out, close all doors and vents and use one of those smoke bombs, not sure what their real name is, that should clear any nasties in there and any thing over wintering.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 23:26

Hi, Ann,

I'd advise just putting 3 spuds in an old compost bag but I purchased some cheap and cheerful spud bags from Wilko's several yrs ago, they've lasted well and you can get away with planting 5 spuds in them. Bob does know his stuff though so I'm not sure now whether planting the extra spuds produced a bigger crop.

Spuds also like seaweed, if you can get some drift seaweed from the beach and mix it in with your compost the spuds will romp away.

For those hard of hearing, with Sky, you can opt for subtitles with some programmes. GW has someone signing in the corner, only know this because I watched one episode after down loading it and a person was signing in the corner, the facility may only be available after the programme has been on real time TV first though or on the repeats

Growing On Shallots & Garlic

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 22:46

This isn't recommended by most growers but I planted a mix of garlic bulbs this yr, one bulb I'd grown, one brought back from France - purchased at a local market,  and another bought at a local grocers claiming it was grown locally.

Grew them for the 1st time on the plot. None developed rust on their leaves, they didn't bolt and all died back before picking. I left them in the ground as long as possible hoping it would improve their size.

I didn't label which were which, but the results - I had small bulbs, golf ball size (no different from any other yr), a few produced seperate bigger cloves which had grown away from the main bulb, I've used one this evening, once the top layer of skin was removed there were two cloves inside.  

Comparison planting sounds a good plan, I was planning to plant out onion sets and shallots this side of winter to trial if they grew bigger than those planted in the spring 

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 23:45

Gg...How brave picking up a frog. Good luck with the pallet search.

Visited the plot today to water the GH and pick some toms, also started to pick mini pop. 

Bulb fennel has bolted, picked a couple of bulbs on my last visit but will cut the leaves, now, when needed,  for cooking and let it go to seed. I love the smell when you brush past them. I've a row of corriander which also produces a fab smell when brushed past.

Pat - I dry chillies in the GH, when most of the fruit has turned red, just cut the whole plant at the stem and hang it upside down, suspended from the roof, was going to try drying some herbs in the same way. Will check out the cost of a drying machine though...

Happy growing.  

New allotment OMG...

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 23:40

Gg...How brave picking up a frog. Good luck with the pallet search.

Visited the plot today to water the GH and pick some toms, also started to pick mini pop. 

Bulb fennel has bolted, picked a couple of bulbs on my last visit but will cut the leaves now for cooking, I love the smell when you brush past them. I've a row of corriander which produces a fab smell when brushed past.

Pat - I dry chillies in the GH, when most of the fruit has turned red, just cut the whole plant at the stem and hang it upside down, suspended from the roof, was going to try drying some herbs in the same way. Will check out the cost of a drying machine though...

Happy growing.  

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 23:59

Lol at carrot pics. I don't grow them any  more but you';ve inspired me to try again, if you can't have a good chuckly at your also runs, then a person is sad indeed, chin up you could get best in class next yr,

I think there should be a class in veg competions for unusual shapes  

Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 00:27

The caterpillar I found was green and not unlike the cabbage white caterpillar  but it has just feasted on the toms not on the leaves. .

Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 23:56

Lol - Well there lies a tale Verdun, I did the tour of Lancaster Castle yesterday and some yrs ago did jury service there. 

The death penalty and transportation to far off lands was aministrated for crimes not much worse than killing slugs, most were convicted on the flimsy of evidence, though

Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 23:33

No probs - herbaceous -  I've holes in the leaves of peppers and aubergines plant's in the GH, and me thinks these are caused by slugs and snails but the fruit is undamaged .

Don't just inspect the plant, put some white paper around the bottom of the pepper plant and give it a good shake, it it's a caterpillar you may dislodge it, in which case it'll fall off onto the paper.   

Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 22:53

They've been hiding under my lettuce. Could not believe the size of them when I pulled  up some lettuce today.

herbaceoous - it may not be slugs and snails causing the damage to your peppers, have you seen them in your GH.  I thought they were nibbling on my toms, but was informed by 'experts' at the Southport Flower Show, it was the caterpillar of a moth which eats the fruit and not the leaves. Once I knew what I was looking for, found the little critters, which have now been dispatched to the GH in the sky  .  

 

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