Blighted toms

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

I sus­pect it’s a com­bi­na­tion of ge­netic his­tory – these cloves were re­pro­grammed not to di­vide as usual – and grow­ing con­di­tions, where some­thing caused a change in the cell di­vi­sion process and the bulbs did not di­vide as ex­pected.

This isn’t ter­ri­bly help­ful in try­ing to pre­vent it hap­pen­ing again and all I can sug­gest is that you start with fresh cloves, specif­i­cally grown for plant­ing out. Don’t over­feed the soil be­fore plant­ing, but other­wise do as you nor­mally have done in pre­vi­ous years.

Q

Our toma­toes went all bad and mot­tled. What was the prob­lem?

An­nie Cham­bers, via email

AI fear that your toma­toes had suc­cumbed to blight – a fun­gus that de­stroys plants from late sum­mer on­wards. If it hap­pens again, dis­pose of in­fected plants by burn­ing them or bury­ing them deeply. There are no chem­i­cals to con­trol this disease.

Next year, get grow­ing blightre­sis­tant kinds. Two very healthy new­com­ers are ‘Crim­son Crush’, a tasty, large fruited form, and ‘Prima­bella’, a de­li­cious high-per­form­ing cherry type.

‘Sin­gle-clove’ gar­lic bulbs are un­usual but prized for cook­ing Blight

is a trou­ble­some fun­gal disease

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