Kitty's Gardenning Adventures

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That is an idea Kitla. I have a packet of runner beans which I did not sow this year, perhaps for 2022.
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What a difference a day makes! last week I went to water tomatoe corner & found them in a bad way. It had happened so fast that I guessed my elderly neighbour had used weed killer on his side of the fence. However, its gradually spreading along all the plants so I suppose it must be blight. I've picked some of the green ones that havent been got yet but soooo many wasted )gr:
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Next year I'll need a big rethink on veg planning.
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kitla wrote: 02 Sep 2021, 11:17 However, its gradually spreading along all the plants so I suppose it must be blight.
Next year I'll need a big rethink on veg planning.
I think in all the years I grew tomatoes on the allotment plot, there were only 2 years when I didn't get blight. I tried early maturing varieties (more successful than later maturing or big beefsteak type) and blight resistant varieties (the more expensive hybrid F1 probably did better than the naturally resistant type which ... still got blight) but eventually I concluded that growing tomatoes outdoors in the UK really was like playing Russian Roulette as to whether it would be a productive season or not. Blame the unpredictable UK weather. The biggest problem on the allotment as opposed to growing them at home, is that once blight had appeared on someone's tomato crop, it rapidly spread across the site (even those grown under cover could not escape the airborne spores)

I don't have the allotment anymore but at home, I will only grow tomatoes in the greenhouse or polytunnel now. I know greenhouses are expensive but the cheaper polytunnel (with the galvanised steel frame and the green checked cover) are easy to erect, have good head room (I always seem to bang my head on the greenhouse sloping roof) and seem perfectly suited for tomatoes (and peppers and even better for chillies) and don't cost that much (wait until mid winter because I've noticed the price of these type of polytunnels goes down but as soon as there is an interest and sales (from about February), they suddenly go up in price.)
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Unfortunately LL, this year the green house plants were the first to go. My cucumbers in there got blight early on & last year the tomatoes in the greenhouse went but not the outdoor ones. I blame the cheap compost I used, toadstools popping up in all the pots. I actually chose varieties of tomatoes that were especially blight resistant hmph!
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a question. As I got blight in my outdoor tomatoes this year, will I be able to grow tomatoes outdoors next year? even in a different spot
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I think blight blows in from the nearest field of potatoes
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