Diehards

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Heeeeelp

Just a quickie: I need help. This year for the first time in my life I have planted tomatoes. This was brought on by a hot spell that has now been replaced by a dark wet one. And now just look at my tomato plants.



If there is anyone out there who knows what this is and what can be done about it I would be forever grateful. I dream of home grown toms.

7 comments:

Carole said...

It looks like Septoria leaf spot. Which usually does not harm the tomatoes, but the rainy weather doesn't help. Tomatoes like to be watered at the base of the plant because their little leaves are sensitive to water. And water spreads this type of fungus. But tomatoes do like the sun. Hopefully the tomatoes will still be tasty and delicious.

Eryl Shields said...

Carole you're a gem. I'm seriously thinking about getting a mini polytunnel for the more delicate plants I rashly put in.

Mary Witzl said...

Mine had something like that last year, Eryl, and the tomatoes tasted fine. But if you come back, Carole, what does it mean when the very top leaves curl in on each other? I've never seen anything like it! At first I thought it was because I was watering them too much (from the base, honest!), but now I wonder. It just looks awful, and the fruit is not setting at all...

Hope those 'ageratum' are doing okay, Eryl! Mine are still alive, but the damned slugs have had all my marigolds!

Carole said...

Mary -- I am not an expert on tomatoes although have grown a few in my time and aphids or leafhoppers cause viruses in tomatoes that curl the leaves. Thrips will cause a virus that the main symptom is failure to set fruit. Hopefully you don't have that. A worse problem than Eryl.

Eryl Shields said...

Mary ~ I'm feeling quite reassured now but I did have to go and check that my top leaves weren't all curled in on each other. And when I did I saw that one of the varieties has a lot of leaf damage and found a slug curled up in a leaf. I have no idea how to deal with the slug problem. My sister-in-law uses what she believes to be safe and environmentally friendly slug pellets. Subsequently she is harvesting beautiful lettuces etc. But I can't bring myself to try such methods.

The ageratum seem to double in size daily and becuase I had no idea what they were I have them crammed into a variety of containers including several in a window box. Will they have to be moved? The chillies in the ground seem to be thriving too.

Carole ~ You are sounding pretty expert to me.

PI said...

I'd love to help Eryl but growing toms 'aint my thang. One of my friends who used to get marvellous results with the minimum of effort, used to grow them in grow bags.

Eryl Shields said...

Thanks Pi, I have them in grow bags not because I thought of the results they'd bring but because I wanted that cute 'allotment' look. Nice to know, though, that I've inadvertently chosen the route of minmum effort.