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Yes, it's certainly been a great year for tomatoes.....and the tomato/potato blight has finally arived , this week, in my Hampshire garden! Luckily not in the greenhouse yet, so toms are OK!


  • I have grown Alicante Tomatoes this year in the greenhouse and have come up beautifully. I also have some in the garden but the fruits have not yet ripen. Luckily I have not tomato blight.
  • I don't have a green house :( but haven't sufferd from tomato blight this year. I did have trouble last year so have been really careful this year!
  • Could someone please advise me on how to eradicate hundreds of toadstools on my mothers lawn. They started within a fairy ring with the grass turning greener in the ring but now the toadstools have spread everywhere on her large lawn and we need to get rid of them. We pull them all up daily but we are fighting a losing battle. We have been told the only way to get rid of them completely would be to dig up the whole lawn but that would be a mammoth job and so expensive. Can anyone help with ideas please? Many thanks
  • This year I have grown some tomato plants in the ground in the greenhouse, some in big pots sunk into growbags and some in garden soil.
    The ones in the garden soil seem to be ripening first. So far they seem to have escaped any diseases. The greenhouse ones, though, do not show any sign of ripening at all.
    The varieties I have grown are Sungold, Tigerella, Red Pear, Gardener's Delight and a beefsteak variety.
    I had painted the greenhouse with some shading paint in the 'hot' Spring, and wonder if I should clean it off in order to get the tomatoes to ripen, in there.
  • i have 3 grafted tomatoes loaded with lovely toms to top of green house now the leaves have gone dry and crispy why can you tell me please
  • had trouble with tomato blight lost a golden sunrise plant but gardener's delight plant doing ok i think it's a matter of luck sometimes
  • Tomato blight hit the tomatoes in one of my greenhouses this week and they were doing so well. They had been sprayed with Copper fungicide! I have stripped off most of the leaves but fruit already affected on several plants. No longer grow them outside -not worth the bother. In counryside 12 miles outside Southampton.
  • I have grown my tomatos outside this year as I did have great year in 2008 (won't talk about 2007!). But now have blight and there doesn't seem to be a plant not affected. Its also in my courgettes - although I got a good crop before it attacked. Never sprayed before. Is there an organic way to prevent it? Varieties I grew were 'marmande' and 'roma'.
  • Fortunately no blight in Lincolnshire to date. My crop of Marmande both outside and in greenhouse is very good although a few have slightly ripened and then promptly split, can anyone tell me why? I can recommend the variety 'sweet olive' delicious sadly not ripening quickly enough to keep up with demand! Best year ever for cucumbers.
  • For the last three years when we have lifted our potatoes, about three days later our tomatoes are struck with blight. Is there a connection or it is just a bad co-incidence?
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