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4 minutes ago, Bailo said:

What's up with my tomatoes peeps, slow growing, dark purple underside of new leaves and yellow lower leaves? I've repotted, adding bonemeal and fed them to see if that helps.

Charles Dowding has been talking a lot about pyralids in commercial composts - basically residual traces of weedkiller - that have been causing things like this. You may have been unlucky with stuff you've bought?

https://charlesdowding.co.uk/?s=pyralids

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=477

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Decided that my next gardening project would be to trial a few climbing plants along the long & high fence that separates our garden from the new vicarage next door.  Ordered in half a dozen diffe

sorry about the possible showiness of this but this was a pic from last year tomatoes in the centre beds peppers everywhere else

I've been lifting the caterpillars off my brassicas and pulling the leaves off altogether that have eggs laid on them. I then leave the caterpillars feeding on the pile of those leaves that I've remov

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29 minutes ago, pipnasty said:

Feeding tomatoes when they haven’t fruited yet can be problematic. Yellowing lower leaves are fine as the plant discards them anyway

Yeah I've read that and have always avoided it but this is desperation time.

36 minutes ago, Gethin said:

Charles Dowding has been talking a lot about pyralids in commercial composts - basically residual traces of weedkiller - that have been causing things like this. You may have been unlucky with stuff you've bought?

https://charlesdowding.co.uk/?s=pyralids

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=477

Wow, that's pretty much like my tomatoes. The purple colour remains unexplained by the curling, stunted, thin stemmed plants is very like mine.

 

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14 minutes ago, Bailo said:

Yeah I've read that and have always avoided it but this is desperation time.

Wow, that's pretty much like my tomatoes. The purple colour remains unexplained by the curling, stunted, thin stemmed plants is very like mine.

 

If you think it might be, then tweet him about it with an idea of what composts you've been buying - he's been compiling lists of affected brands

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12 minutes ago, Gethin said:

If you think it might be, then tweet him about it with an idea of what composts you've been buying - he's been compiling lists of affected brands

Westland, which he's already tagged. I've started using some of my own compost with the tomatoes, hopefully that helps.

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29 minutes ago, Bailo said:

Westland, which he's already tagged. I've started using some of my own compost with the tomatoes, hopefully that helps.

Yeah, Westland happen to also be a major producer of weedkillers so I can see how it might have happened

Having used whatever was cheapest at B&Q in years past, I was planning to go with peat-free (to top up my own) this year but circumstances have meant it's question of using whatever I can get hold of. (Wilko own brand is f***ing s***e BTW)

Next year I'll be looking at a bulk-buy of peat-free stuff from smaller producers. 

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8 minutes ago, Rex Ham said:

Tip: dont put tomatoes in your compost bin unless you want tomato plants growing every f**in where as you use the compost. hundreds of them. 

Depends how hot your compost bin gets. Low temps won’t kill the seeds, higher temps will. 

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We get a lot of taters growing in ours - I usually chop up the veg waste fairly small before it is composted to avoid that stuff but the missus just throws full size spuds on there and then we get them cropping a few months later. We actually had a full Sunday lunch out of them a couple of weeks back.  

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We are now living in Florida and gardening is a whole new ball game. We found a garden center near Daytona Beach today. Ended up buying dwarf lemon, lime and tangerine bushes in containers/tubs plus a miniature banana tree and a bunch of flowering shrubs we would never dream of planting in Nebraska. We'll have to wait until much later today to start planting. 

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Been gradually re-engineering, clearing and gravelling a big path that runs around and through our back garden - on the last leg now so another step closer to having what looks like a normal garden instead of a neglected area of Somme trenches. 

So next step is to clear the new border that has been created by narrowing one of the paths and I've ordered a tonne of manure and a load of plants to fill it. It''ll be a busy few week weekends ahead in the garden.  

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Big projects in the garden are great, once you get them started. I procrastinate more about garden stuff than anything else, but I normally enjoy those things more than I do other stuff. Weird.Got a long trellis built on a dividing wall recently (not my own work) and now choosing climbers to grow in pots. Eventually plumped for a climbing hydrangea which is spring flowering, a russian vine(flowers in summer) and a chocolate vine(summer autumn flowering). Its a long wall.

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I've got one of them for the autumn winter - there's a whole section (about 15x12m) that's been built around sleepers. It's well over 15 years old apparently and all the sleepers are f***ed so just gonna remodel it. Loads of really good limestone rocks in the garden anyway so going to use them instead of the sleepers

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So I'm sat watching the match and I can hear mowing, strimming and some clanking. Look up and there's a guy on a ride on mower in my back yard. Only, it's not my lawn guy who came on Wednesday. Go out front and there's 2 guys planting a tree where there used to be privet bushes. They are supposed to be at 306, we live in 206. I'm now waiting for the owner of the landscape company to show up.

Funnily enough, we had talked about pulling out the privets. 

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Owner finally showed up and is currently outside replacing the boring privets with some dwarf azaleas and bougainvillea.  He was very nice about the mix up and gave us a tradesman discount card we can use at 2 local garden centers.

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