What to do with blighted ma­te­rial

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

■ Sev­eral of our out­side tomato plants suc­cumbed to late sea­son blight and I was in a quandary about what to do with them.

■ In the end they went on the com­post heap where the heat gen­er­ated by the com­post­ing process will hope­fully kill off all the blight spores.

■ If you have any doubt, dis­pose of or burn af­fected tomato plants, or add them to the coun­cil’s green waste – the heat in these much larger com­post­ing bins should kill off any re­main­ing spores.

■ How­ever, bin or burn blighted pota­toes as the spores will hap­pily live on in the lit­tle ‘vol­un­teer’ tu­bers that are still vi­able and stay at­tached to the plants’ roots.

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