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Comment by Sealander on February 4, 2010 at 4:23pm
Finally a chance to brag....I started picking a few ripe tomatoes this week! I was determined to do better than the pitiful handful of tomatoes harvested last year, so I put Scoresby dwarf seedlings in planters in a sunny spot covered with sheets of glass at the start of September, and added lots of horse manure and liquid chicken manure regularly. Seems to have done the trick......all the other varieties out in the open garden are still a few weeks behind. The secret seems to be get them in early and protect them from the frosts, even up til mid-November when we still get the occasional one.
Comment by Rachelle Crosbie on January 23, 2010 at 9:07am
I'm starting to use a seaweed foliar spray to help my plants fight fungal infections. It's definitely helped my nectarine which has much less leaf curl than normal and my tomatoes and zucchini are so far free of it too.
Comment by Jo Drysdall on January 23, 2010 at 7:56am
Yep, my tomatoes are being very slow - not enough sun! Added to that all the moisture interspersed with warmish days (occasionally!) is bringing on powdery mildew. I'm using a spray of diluted milk and a bit of baking soda on the affected plants and removing lower leaves for better airflow, but does anyone else have any tips for mildew control?
Comment by Vivien Field on January 22, 2010 at 7:45pm
I have lots of bumble bees and for a while there I was getting LOTS of honey bees on my tea tree and I notice my wild flower garden is getting plenty of activity as well. In saying that only the glasshouse tomatoes are doing well, especially the cherry tomatoes, apart from a attack of blight. The garden ones are really sluggish with only a few on my heirloom yellow pear. Lots of flowers though. I am expecting a flop crop thanks to the weird hot cold wet weather...last year we had more than we knew what to do with. The bees must be doing something though cos I have plenty of zucchinis and fruit.
Comment by Jo Drysdall on January 21, 2010 at 8:32pm
Hi Joey, there's a good (very brief) summary here. I'm told a good way to keep a black current bush healthy is to prune to create an open "vase" shape for good airflow - I'll try this with mine this winter. Red and white currents can be espaliered quite well too.
Comment by Serra Kilduff on January 21, 2010 at 4:03pm
Yep, I planted Phacelia, Lavender and Calendula for them. Dunno if it's the weather, or if there's just no hives near me.
Comment by Simon on January 21, 2010 at 3:32pm
I had a lot more very happy bees and bumble bees this year as I planted a couple of borrage plants to try and do my bit to support the bees in their war against varroa. Sadly hasn't helped the tomatoes though.
Comment by Serra Kilduff on January 21, 2010 at 3:12pm
Mine are slow as as well. And they look sulky! I have just started to get fruit setting in the last two or three weeks, and that was after I started pollinating by hand. I am in the central city and get a few bumble bees, which don't seem to be much attracted to my tomatoes. I don't think I have seen a honey bee.
I know the commercial clover crop is slow this year because it has been relatively cold, meaning the bees don't get out and about as much.

Next season I would like a glasshouse!
Comment by Simon on January 21, 2010 at 3:01pm
How are all the tomatoe growers crops going in Christchurch this year? Mine are very slow, had plenty by this time last year, but nothing this year yet. Is it just me? Or wondering if my garden is lacking a bit of something...
Comment by Vivien Field on January 20, 2010 at 3:39pm
Lots of tomato plants available if anyone is keen on getting in some late plants, I have Yellow Heirloom 'pear' tomatoes and money makers still sitting out waiting for homes. Great to put in pots and grown on in glass houses or a sheltered spot in the garden. Some even have the beginnings of fruit. So if you want any you can email me at: -- Happy Growing!

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