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Here is a dish of tomatoes I picked yesterday, I haven't grown this variety before but had heard it was the best for the Brisbane climate, great not stung by fruit fly, nice size, I will definitely be growing the Tommy Toe's again.  I also tidied up all my herb pots, new potting mix and a couple replaced.  I am very happy with the days effort:)

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Comment by Shirley on March 15, 2011 at 7:51

Lissa here is a link that gives you all the information about Derris Dust (Rotenone)

http://aussieorganicgardening.com/?p=808
Comment by Lissa on March 15, 2011 at 3:42
Hi Shirley - I use the Derris. I was told it was safe - what can you tell me about it please?
Comment by Shirley on March 14, 2011 at 21:10
What I used was not Derris Dust and I know about Rotenone and its effects so I would not use that.
Comment by Lissa on March 14, 2011 at 20:02

Good heavens, that's nasty stuff. Made me look up the MSDS for the Derris Dust I use sometimes - active ingredient Rotenone.

Supposedly safe stuff to use but on reading the MSDS I see your supposed to flush your skin for 15mins if you get any on you.

Comment by Scarlett on March 14, 2011 at 17:50
oh, so that's not dolomite then!
Comment by Scarlett on March 14, 2011 at 17:49

yes, the term 'organic' can be applied in a pretty rubbery manner. the relevant discussion is here: http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/forum/topics/about-success-spinosad   ...wash with hot water and detergent (like doing the dishes) before eating!

 

 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 14, 2011 at 9:22
There's been some discussion on this forum about that Spinosad stuff, not as benign as it seems.
Comment by Shirley on March 14, 2011 at 8:27
I dusted the plants with tomatoe powder, has spinosad in it, organically approved I believe, seemed to keep the fruit fly and caterpillars away.
Comment by Lissa on March 14, 2011 at 4:53

Lovely crop Shirley :) they look delicious. I had no luck with toms this summer - the vermin ate them all.

What is the whitish looking stuff on the toms? Caterpiller powder?

Comment by Scarlett on March 6, 2011 at 17:34

yes, a good day's work, all looks lovely 

for cooking i think they have tough skins - best peeled off first with boiling water maybe

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