August 18, 2008
- Male and female courgette flowers
The female has a miniature courgette fruit at its base of the flower whereas the male doesn’t.
The flowers have been cut to expose the male pollen and female stigma.
In rainy weather, the courgettes can fail to form due to a lack of insects needed to pollinate the female flower.
You can dab the pollen from the male flower on to the stigma of the female flower. The flowers have been cut open to expose the male pollen and the female stigma. The female flower will need to be open to be pollinated. This photograph is of an immature female flower which has not opened yet.
Photography Neil Bromhall www.complete-gardens.co.uk
August 17, 2008
The leaf shows the early signs of tomato blight.
Cut the infected leaves off and destroy.
Give your plants a uniform supply of water.
Do not over water then leave the plant dry for any period.
August 16, 2008
First signs of tomato blossom end rot
The disease, Tomato blossom end rot first appears as small brown spot at the bottom of an immature fruit. A secondary infection then spreads deeper in to the fruit.
There is no cure for blossom end rot, so remove the infected fruit and destroy teh. If left on the plant they will weaken the plant and spread the disease. Best not put your infected fruin in your compost heap as the fungal spores can be spread.
Blossom end rot is caused mostly by irregular watering or fluctuations in moisture and or by too little calcium in the soil.
Best to water regularly (in the evening to reduce water loss)
Don’t use excessive nitrogen fertilization.
August 16, 2008
Courgette blossom end rot
Advanced blossom end rot
Courgettes can often fail due to wet weather conditions.
The reason is there aren’t as many insects around in wet conditions to pollinate the flowers and as a result the fruits fail to develop properly.
The flowers get damp and the resulting rot spreads into the fruit.
This is only a temporary problem and the crop will improve once the weather improves.
In poor wet conditions you can pollinate the female flowers rather than rely on insects to do it.
Dab the pollen from the male flower on to the female stigma. The female flower has a miniature fruit at it’s base.
After pollination and the baby courgette starts to grow, remove the old shrivelled-up flower to prevent blossom end rot, especially if the wet conditions continue.
Remove any spoilt fruit as they will be taking energy from the plant and other developing fruits.
If grown in a greenhouse, open the windows and door to allow plenty of ventilation to circulate. And for insects to enter and leave.
Photography Neil Bromhall http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk
August 15, 2008
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On a trip to France I was very impressed by this block of flats. In the large troughs they have shrubs growing hapily.
August 15, 2008
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