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Simon Knott

If you are looking for advice on how to grow tomatoes, using pots in a greenhouse then please have a look at my latest video. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/fEhng2J6a-c

 

Simon Knott

Sorry but the insert video method did not work, but I have now included the link which you can click and it will take you to the video.

Simon Knott

The above video was the third part in a small series (more still to come as the tomatoes grow!).

Here is the link to the first one in the series http://youtu.be/KBK4dsc0Lf0

 

and the second part http://youtu.be/6Lli2VZLbkQ

 

Please tell me what you think of them and please feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel called "Simon knott" - you will then receive a message when I post further videos.

Simon Knott

I am always keen to see/hear about new ways of growing tomatoes so please comment.

 

Italophile

Nice work, Simon. For the first transplant I plant the seedlings deeper, almost down to the leaves, to encourage root development from the buried part of the stem (as wee as it is). Ditto later when planting out.

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Simon Knott

Thanks for your comment Italophile. I will give that a try next year. I do plant the larger plants deeper in "growing tomatoes Part 3" (the second transplant) but have never tried it at the early stage. What you say makes good sense! Thanks.

Italophile

Same principle, Simon. The quicker you get the root structure developing the better.

Simon Knott

The tomatoes are growing well (checked them tonight). Along a similar theme, I will add a few more handfuls of compost to each pot as the compost settles with watering. Again, this will encourage root formation up the stem of the plant.

Foodie40

Does planting toms deeper prevent the roots from showing as they get bigger? I find that my tomatoes seem to pull out of the ground. Have space in the g.house for 5 then will plant the rest (used up an old packet of seeds and they've nearly all grown) in tubs outside.

Simon Knott

Yes it does stop that problem and the plants get more feed! Have a look at my videos, if you haven't already, hopefully you will see a few useful tips! Links are above.

Italophile

Foodie, when transplanting to their final growing spot, either in pots or in the ground, carefully nip off all the lower wee branches and foliage. Leave only the top foliage, which amounts to the canopy. Plant the seedlings deeply, with the canopy just above the soil level. You shouldn't have trouble with roots appearing on the surface unless they go into a pot which is too small.

Foodie40

Ah normally trim off the lower leaves after the flowers have set and tomatoes are beginning to produce. Hoping to have a good crop this year, although last year was good, have still got several bags of toms in the freezer.

Bought one plant which is in with 3 lots of flowers, mother-in-law grew 4 plants which are ready to plant in the g.house and the rest are still small but will pot on at the weekend, these will go outside. Thanks for the tips Simon and Italophile

Simon Knott

Your welcome Foodie! Glad the tips are useful! Good luck.

Foodie40

Have got 34 plants growing! Where do I plant them all?? Think they'll have to dotted around the allotment - where there's a post there'll be a tomato!!

Simon Knott

Lol sounds good foodie - lots of tomato soup in the autumn? I have 12 plants in the greenhouse, my mum has 4 in hers and the ' spares' are being collected today by a couple of local neighbours.

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nin

Not sure if this is useful but years ago i saw a programme and there was a bit about  planting basil near tomatoes to keep whitefly/greenfly /black fly away.I tried this and despite a number of these insects on my fruit bushes no more than four feet away from some of my tomatoes my tomatoes did not get a single fly of any colour as far as i could see i had 35 tomato plants each with a couple of basils in the pot or a row of basil in the bed underneath. I think its great as Basil and tomatoes go so well together. Will have around 60 tomato plants  this year although many of the extras will be tumblers as going to try hanging basket toms with mini leafed greek basil.

Simon Knott

Nin, useful advice - as it happens I do go several pots of basil in the greenhouse, not specifically for the reason you mention but maybe that's why I never have any problems with green or white fly! Thanks for your tip!

Foodie40

Hi Nin yes I've heard of that too, tried it once but the tomatoes got so big that the basil didn't grow should've trimmed off the branches more. Tomato and basil with mozzarella cheese - sounds like summer

Simon Knott
The tomatoes are growing strongly and now is the time to remove the first few side shoots. A job for me tonight.