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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 22 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



tis bigger than expected for that location and the weather.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 22 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very nice!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 22 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Doing well. Mine are growing well now and I have some tomatoes forming, but early setting of the flowers wasn't very good. Better now though I think. I also have a pepper growing quite nicely and producing some fruit, a squash and a courgette likewise, but they are all in the greenhouse and with variable light as we have trees to the south of the garden, sadly in next door.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 22 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the hot sunny weather suits them, growth and flower/fruit activity

the prototoms are gaining 30% a day in size

i will try to find a bit more shiny to put behind the wire to add to top light

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 22 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The first traces of early blight we're showing up on mine, which had leaves on bare soil, so I went through yesterday and removed the first 6-8 lower leaves after adding another string to their Florida weave trellising. Luckily my toms have some genetic early blight resistance, and it's been dry, otherwise I would have needed to do this a while ago. Took a heaped wheelbarrow full of leaves to the compost.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 22 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tis hot and sunny, they were fed, wow they like this

as there were lots of new flowers, i did fluffer even though there are plenty of insects
i often do it with a few plants, with lots it never seems needed

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 22 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I keep tomato and potato hulms and leaves in a special closed bin that composts virtually to nothing. Always afraid of blight, so never put them on the ordinary compost heap. My tomatoes are in the greenhouse, so isn't usually a problem there, but sometimes have to dig the potatoes early if they start to get it.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 22 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm referring to alternaria and septoria. Late blight is thankfully still a rare occurrence here

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 22 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That is fortunate for you. We don't get it very often, but I take precautions to avoid it.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 22 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

they have topped the shiny and have lots of prototoms/flowers

i culled the potatoes in the bramble bed, randoms from "i am not eating that", to reduce viral risks to the toms

a few small shade leaves got removed as they were not looking active

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
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Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 22 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well I thought mine were doing well until I saw this! I've got flowers on now, plants are short and sturdy. They will have to live with the encroaching loganberry...

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 22 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

the tallest leader has now topped the shed gable

i have added some upcycled tent poles and more string

lots of minitoms and prototoms and flowers

stopping out will happen soon, probably very soon in this weather then they can get on with fruiting rather than growing longer

i have removed the shiny for the bramble, top light will do for a couple of days

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 22 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NMG, if they are short and sturdy that is good. Flowers are also good, just a bit behind others. If they are outdoor ones they are usually a bit behind. Mine are more advanced, but are in a greenhouse as we don't have quite a long enough growing season for them in the garden. Dpack seems to have more of a triffid than a tomato there.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 22 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



"it is no a triffid mr fawlty, he a tomate"

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 22 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rubbish; it's a triffid.

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