Sunday, September 26, 2010

Doomed, we're all Doomed

Well, at least the tomatoes are. The dreaded blight has got into the greenhouse and, within the space of a week, has killed or mouldered everything I hadn't already harvested (well, obviously!)

Any advice on avoiding this next year? Fewer plants (they were packed in a bit tight)? Better ventilation (I thought it was pretty good; the greenhouse was never completely closed up, even at night)? Sterilise it over the winter (Jeyes Fluid, or is that way too lethal)?

Interestingly, the two Jalapeno pepper plants are completely unaffected despite being packed in tight with the tomatoes. I guess this is another of the upsides of the powerful taste! There is a good crop but they're all still green at the moment. They've gone back into the now-cleared greenhouse to see whether they'll ripen any further.

6 comments:

Green Lane Allotments said...

Blight doesn't affect pepperes which is why they have survived.

The only way I know of controlling blight is to spray to avoid it which I don't really want to do.

We got blight in our plot greenhouse last year and I controlled it by pulling off and detroying any affected leaves etc which worked to some extent in that we harvested the tomatoes. This year it hasn't been a problem for us.

mc55 said...

hmmm I've had no blight this year - the noticeable thing I did differently was keep the greenhouse door closed all season ... easy when it's not hot enough for anything else ! I didn't have any potatoe blight this year either, so it could equally have been coincidence :-/

Carolyn said...

Sometimes it is just in the soil - no one can grow tomatoes on our allotment because they always succumb to blight, event the so-called blight resistant varieties.

Nutty Gnome said...

Bugger!
No blight here, so I could let you have some green tomatoes!

You're having a tough year what with sheep and blight mate!

Woody Wilbury said...

Yep, but with quicker thinking I could at least have eaten the sheep!!

Damo said...

I had no greenhouse tom blight but did get a touch on the outdoor ones pretty much near the end though. I use Jeyes fluid as a matter of course on the greenhouse and leave for a couple of days before a thorough rinse down. Nothing will survive that which is the point I suppose!