Latest posts by AndytheScientist

Tomato plants in greenhouse

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 14:21

Have to say i surprised by how poor many of monties tomatoes looked on GW on friday. Looks like it was either filmed a long time ago, or the experiment has produced very poor plants. I've had fruit ripening on mine for about 6 weeks now, many of monties in the little pots didn't even seem to have flowered yet. Will be interesting to see if he manages to get anything off them, I know the experiment was about flavour but if he gets 1 trus of amazing flavour tomatoes per plant, it wouldn't be much good for most of us who don't have room for dozens of plants. 

I've had a few black cherries off mine so far, they were the first to set, and stronger growing it seems than the gardeners delight or tigarella. Have to say they tasted fantastic.

Autumn Perennials

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 15:10

Sedums always look great later in the year, and the insects will love you for them.


jam maker

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 15:49

Yup my bread maker has a jam setting too. Never tried it though.

Buddleia flowers?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 14:25

my globosa is flowering but i've got 3 different types of davidii and not a sausage yet, although up in newcastle it's normally august anyway. 


Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:37

I've got a blue Eryngium which has an amazing glow in the late evening. Not necesarilly in the moonlight but you know that 30 mins as the sun goes down, it almost fluoresces. 

Might be called hobbit or something if i remeber rightly, i will find the label in my stack later

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 12:55

We've got two border terriers, i do love them, but they are a nightmare in the garden. They are far to clever for their own good, they know how to dig carrots up.. they know that berries  on rasperries and blackberries taste nice, and how to get them. They love peas.. 

No matter how i try i can't keep them out the borders, this is main because we have post and rail fencing with chicken wire to keep them in, and because they can see out they run up and down the borders.. Oh and jack pee's on everything.

Typical day down the veg plot!



Another Mystery Plant for identification.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 09:52

Isn't toadflax different from rosebay willow herb, which i agree is a pain and reproduces from root things, that are a bugger to get rid off. I've been trying to eradicate an area with it, it even keeps coming out from under the patio...

Greenhouse watering

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:53

Well to give you an idea i'm feeding 4 growbags, with the drippers, and they are getting about 30 mins per day at the moment. So yeah if it was on constantly it would be far too much, although you can cut the dripper rate down a bit, i don't think they go down that far.

Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 11:01

My first attempt is coming along nicely. I wittled my plants down to 2x Black Cherry, 2x gardeners delight and 2x Tigarella. They went into grow pots in grow bags, 2 per growbag, and look good. The black cherry have been the most prolific and they have a set of fruit ripening already, the other have just had their first set of flowers. 

I've got autovents on the greenhouse so hopefully i should avoid the dreaded blight, not that i would know when i got it..

First big test though as we're off on holiday for 2 weeks.. hopeing my auto waterer does the job!

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 10:04

The cheapest place i've found is Costco, they sell the large 12kg bags of seed for about £7 (no vat). They also sell peanuts which are a bit more expensive @ £12. They sell fat balls too which are also cheap but i can't remember how much. 

Other than that i buy the large bags at the garden centre when they are on offer. 

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