Every garden presents it’s own set of challenges that result from a combination of location, weather and growing conditions. Here in the mediated garden the tomato plants have developed a purple tinge indicating a lack of phosphorus. This can be caused by lack of feeding or cold soil. Phosphorus is essential for photosynthesis and overall plant and fruit health. To avoid this, include tomato feed when watering as an essential part of your routine. This is particularly important when using shop bought compost as it only contains enough food for six weeks. Low temperatures which inhibit the uptake of phosphorus are more difficult to deal with. Plants can be helped by using mulches, surrounding pots with bubble wrap and positioning your plants in a sheltered sunny spot.
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