Death and Disease!

I’ve been mostly hiding from the rain recently; it really has been fairly cold and miserable for the time of year. What’s kept me positive has been the thought that all this rain will be good for the garden, but I’m less sure now.

Most things have been going quite well; there is some physical damage in the form of a broken stalk or two in the potatoes (which I’m not too bothered about) and, far worse, one of my two courgette plants has been snapped off at the bottom. It’s impossible to guess what’s done it but as it seems to be more of a snap than a bite, I’m assuming it’s some animal (my money’s on a cat… grrr…) being careless rather than something eating it. Let’s just hope courgettes work with only one plant!!

In far worse news, our tomatoes are looking dreadfully ill, which I’m hoping is just an overwatering problem with all this rain. The leaves are just dying off, brown and ‘splotchy’ and yellowing too. It could be some sort of disease, but it doesn’t quite match up to anything in my book which might be a good sign.

It’s been dry for a few days, and the new leaves certainly don’t look affected although it’s hard to know how quickly they were being affected before. I suppose all I can really do is wait and see; nature is pretty robust, so I’m hoping that they will sort themselves out given time (and a little less rain!)

I think the rain may have washed away most of my slug pellets too, as there are a couple of nibbled looking leaves on my cabbages – time for some more chemical death, I suppose. I wish there was a better solution, but the only organic options seem to be some kind of gritty powdery stuff that forms a physical barrier, but which needs replacing every time it rains.

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