Tomato Diary 9

5 October — ripening at last!

The experiment: to grow tomatoes on my balcony during a Sydney winter using seeds scraped from a store-bought tomato. (Although we’re well into spring now.)

Finally! I thought these things would never turn red. However, I haven’t fixed the powdery mildew problem, and leaves continue to die at an alarming pace.

Dying leaves.

Mushrooms are popping up too!

I’d eat these if I knew they weren’t poisonous.

Here’s a larger shot of the header image: the shadows of the plants against my curtains in the bright morning sun.

Tune in later for Tomato Diary 10.

4 thoughts on “Tomato Diary 9

  1. You can use a baking soda spray. Mix one part milk to four parts water, along with 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every quart of water used. Remove affected leaves first. Then spray with water, before spraying with the baking soda mixture. You might add liquid soap to your mixture to make it stick better. It’s best to spray the baking soda solution in the morning and all over the tomato foliage, covering all the leaves thoroughly, especially the undersides. Continue to spray the baking soda mixture every five to seven days until the fungal disease is under control.
    (I haven’t used this method as I don’t get fungal diseases on my tomatoes, but it might be worth a try as I know you have been using milk). Apparently it is caused by warm days and cool nights!

    I hope after all this the tomatoes taste good!


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