Sunday, 19 June 2016

Blight

Our tomatoes and spuds were looking fantastic, but then we noticed they were starting to wilt, had black spots on the leaves plus they were turning yellow as well. Aghhh, what's going on, we didn’t have this last year??? After some help from the internet, it turns out we had Blight which loves the damp, warm, humid weather that we’ve been having. The only way to hopefully stop the Blight getting into the potatoes, was to cut the foliage off right at the base then leave them in the ground for 2 weeks. We didn’t realise we had to leave them in the ground until after we’d dug up 5 rows, lets hope we haven’t spoilt the crop. It’s been suggested we use something called Bordeaux mixture next year, but we don’t like using anything on our fruit and veg but this is approved for organic use, so will give it a go. Let’s hope the ones in the field haven’t been affected. On the plus side, the Charlotte potatoes are delicious.

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Spuds 1
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7 comments:

  1. What can one say but buggar. Nothing you can do about the weather. Grandad used to use Bordeaux mixture on his Chrysants. But I never new what he used it for. Xx

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    1. I'd never heard of it before, but everyone I've mentioned the blight to says give it a go xx

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  2. Last year some of our tomatoes when sick but I left them to get on with it, and they sort of recovered and still gave us a good crop.
    Nice lot of potatoes, and will have a look at ours today to see how they are doing.

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    1. I've taken off the worse leaves from the tomato plants to, so they can get on with it. We'll see what happens x

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  3. We use a copper sulphate spray on our potatoes, tomatoes and grapes regardless. I spray whatever as it comes on so quickly. Copper fungicides are on the National Organic Program National List as synthetics. They are regulated for use as disease management tools, with the restriction that they must be used in a manner that minimizes copper accumulation in the soil. xx

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  4. I believe this is the same as the Bouillie Bordelaise we've been recommended. My neighbour has been using it a bit too much I think and he now has very blue tomatoes :)

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    1. Not a problem. When picked just give them a good wash.

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