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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. 

Name That Plant!

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 09:48

That's probably a great example of what not to plant right next to the house

Greenhouse watering

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:42

Hi Mrs M, I've got it all setup and using it to water my tomato's and cucumbers. The variable drippers seemt to work really well. Rather than watering around the plant i've set up the drippers to drop into a small plant pot sunk into the growbags near the plants. Seems to be working really well.

At the moment i've got it working for 30 mins every morning and it seems to be about right, as the summer progresses i'll increase the watering time a bit but it's easy to reset and change.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 14:09

Yes and Yes

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 13:25

I play a few online games, and have done for many years, in those games i always use carniverous plants as my insperation. I've had characters called Nepenthes, Sarracenae, Dionaea to name a few, it's amazing how few people actually know the latin names for stuff and have no idea where the name comes from. 



Veg: Are the Old Varieties better than New?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:52

i guess this is similar to the test they are doing on beechgrove with AGM vs Normal varieties. 

I decided to try some squash this year, and picked up a "heratage" veriety golden hubbard, not sure why i picked it, but i just thought i'd give it a try. Part of me thinks there must be a reason some of the old verieties have fallen from favour... so are we daft for going back to them? Do the seed companies just see marking stuff as "heratage" a way of extracting more money for old rope?

Perhaps i cynical but i think often with the old/heratage stuff they are playing on the fact that people who like to grow their own veg, are also more likely to be attracted to the idea of saving old varieties. So they use it purely as a marketing gimmick. 

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:51

Cheers john, they certainly seem to be working for my grandad too.

Best Compost 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:57

John i noticed you have a hoselock tomato waterer thingy.. How do you find it? We got a couple for my grandad as he can forget to water stuff due to his altzeimers. His seem to be doing well (from the plants i grew him).




Posted: 20/06/2013 at 13:54

Believe it or not but i killed a lobelia, i put it in semi shade, in a moist ruch soil, and it died.. I guess they don't like clay. I think last year (1st in garden) i killed 4 plants, the lobellia, a delphinium (eaten by slugs), Blue Verbascum (eaten by slugs), a tree heather (not sure what killed it to be honest just went brown, cheif suspect was the cold easterly winds). 

I can't complain too much 4 from dozens and dozens of plants can't be too bad.

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