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Blight is a disaster for tomatoes, but there are ways to avoid it to ensure a healthy crop. Tomato blight thrives in warm, humid conditions, so our wet summers are the perfect environment. When there's blight about, you can't completely protect tomato plants, but you can decrease the risk of them catching it if you act early.
Begin by thoroughly cleaning your greenhouse or polytunnel to ensure it's free from overwintering spores. Outdoors, dig through the soil to check there are no potatoes left in the ground as these may harbour blight that can spread to the next potato and tomato crops.
Pick a sunny and well-ventilated spot for growing tomatoes outdoors in summer.
Grow tomatoes in a greenhouse or polytunnel if possible; it will keep leaves dry and help fruits ripen early.
Water in the morning, so that plants don't sit damp all night.
Take care to only water the soil or compost, keeping the leaves dry. Remember, tomatoes taste better if the plants aren't overwatered.
Check plants regularly for blight, from summer onwards, and dispose safely of badly diseased plants.
When the weather conditions are optimum for blight, remember to check your tomatoes and potatoes more frequently.
09/01/2014 at 19:54
I grew Legend last year which were very successful.I have subsequently tried to buy some more seeds this year but have not been able to find them. I note you say they are available from T & M where I bought them last year but I have tried their website and nothing.Any ideas?
09/01/2014 at 21:16
Hi Sandra, they seem to be in stock here: