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I had a bit of a tidy-up in the greenhouse this month. Goodness knows it needed it: weeds everywhere, the cucumbers in a spaghetti junction of a tangle and the tomatilloes (of which more in a minute) lurching drunkenly across the aubergines. The tomatoes have been recovering from their bad start in Greenhouse no. 2: [...]

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Let there be blight

Sorry about the picture. This is basically what I’ve watched my tomato crop turning into ever since about the end of July. I am not a happy gardener. Normally growing tomatoes inside a greenhouse is your insurance against the scourge of late blight. This horrible fungal disease is so inescapable that it’s now impossible to grow tomatoes outside [...]

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It is always a bit of a rush getting my greenhouses planted up. I aim to have it done by 1st June each year – when I can be pretty certain there aren’t going to be any more frosts (those oop North should leave it another fortnight, just to be on the safe side). But [...]

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A lost organic cause

That’s it: I’ve had it. I’m bringing out the big guns. I am what you might call a mostly-organic gardener. I do everything I can to avoid using pesticides, fungicides and the rest as I’ve never quite seen the point in dousing my fruit and veg with chemicals: that, after all, is the main reason I grow [...]

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Thank goodness for greenhouses. I think every single one of my tomato plants would already be piles of mush on the floor if it weren’t for the protection from blight spores offered them by glass. That said – the ones nearest the door, and the one under the vent which is permanently open this time of year, [...]

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