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Four Things I Could Have Done to Help Prevent Tomato Blight

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Recently, I’ve been pondering what I could have done to prevent the tomato blight that ripped through all my outdoor tomatoes this year.

Tomato blight is a funny old thing. It’s a disease that affects the foliage and fruit of the tomato plant and causes rot. Blight is most common during cool wet, weather and spreads quickly if the conditions are right.

And there’s the crux. In the first instance, there isn’t much you can do. You can’t influence the weather.

However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this year compared to others, it’s that some of this year’s methods certainly haven’t helped when it comes to controlling my blight problems.

So here’s 4 things I could have done to try and keep the blight away.

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7 Tips for Storing Potatoes on the Allotment

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Late Autumn is generally the time that most people begin lifting their maincrop potatoes for storage.

Potatoes are a Winter staple in my house, so it’s important that we get as long a life out them as possible. Here are 7 tips for effective storage of your potato harvest.

Hopefully you’ll still be enjoying this year’s potatoes well into 2015!

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Returning From Holiday – Blight, Raspberries, Caterpillars and Neat Beet Tricks

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Last week, I wondered what I’d come back to after my holiday…

Tomato blight. Hmmmph.

The dreaded blight has ripped right through all four of my outdoor tomato plants. I’m not alone falling foul of the disease, but I’m still really gutted.

There is one glimmer of hope though: the tomatoes in greenhouse are finally starting to ripen and as yet show no signs of blight. So, fingers crossed, I might get a crop (albeit late and smaller than normal).

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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Saving £500 a year!

During 2011, I kept a diary of how much money I save from growing my own fruit and vegetables. After totalling all my outgoings, I saved approximately £500 over the year. I made a spreadsheet to calculate these savings - it’s nothing too complicated, as I’m no Excel guru, but hopefully someone else will find it as useful (and strangely fun) as me. For more info, visit my Money Saving Experiment page by clicking here.

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