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The Effect of Flooding in Soils – Part 1

Cultivation | 2 Comments


The summer season of 2010/2011 has seen widespread flooding in many areas. We've received a number of enquiries from growers of tomatoes, potatoes and other vegetables - “what do I need to do to my soil after a flood?” There are many things that happen to soils with intense rain and more water than soils can absorb, and the effects ...

Are Your Tomatoes or Potatoes Suffering Disease After Recent Heavy Rainfalls?

Diseases, Potatoes, Tomatoes | 4 Comments

Late blight of tomato

Within the last month or two the east coast of Australia has seen unseasonably heavy rainfall and floods.  Such weather is conducive to the development of a common disease on both tomatoes and potatoes known as ‘Late Blight’ caused by the fungal-like organism Phytophthora infestans.  It has the ability to rapidly wipe out crops and ...

Grey Wall in Tomatoes

Cultivation, Diseases, Tomatoes | 3 Comments

Grey Wall of Tomato

Grey wall or blotchy ripening is a name that is indicative of the disorder where fruit do not ripen properly or ripen unevenly. Symptoms develop whilst the fruit is still green. This condition is only found on the fruit and not on the plant. Symptoms Affected green fruit, have large, greyish or yellowish hard blotches on the ...

Attracting Natural Insect Predators to Control Garden Pests

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Lady Bug

 One of the reasons that we like to grow our own vegetables, apart from the great flavours of fresh home-grown produce, is that we can control what pesticides go onto them.  Most of us do not like the thought of eating vegetables from the supermarket which have been sprayed with chemicals.  Luckily nature has developed its own ...

Late Blight on Tomatoes

Diseases, Tomatoes | 5 Comments

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Late blight is caused by the fungal disease Phytophthora infestans – one of the most devastating diseases of its time.  It was the cause of the great Irish potato famine in the 1850’s.  Such was the starvation, that millions of Irish people emigrated – just to find food. Late blight is a disease that mainly attacks ...

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