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Posted: 28/05/2013 at 16:28

How many cherry tomatoes would you expect a single plant to produce in a greenhouse, 2x per growbag in ring culture? I've got gardeners delight, black cherry and tigarella.

I've started sticking mine in the growbags as i'm running out of bench space in the greenhouse. I'm trying to decide of a couple of each plants will be fine for me and the wife (6 plants total).

I've clearly got alot more than that.. some are going to my grandads as he loves gardening and used to grow tomatoes in his greenhouse, but having altzeimers now he can't raise them from seed as he forgets what he's doing, but we're hoping he can manage the greenhouse watering of the ones i'm growing for him. Anyway I still have at least 4 or so spare plants of each type, but i don't think i have room for them in my greenhouse, once the cucumbers/peppers/melons get setup!


Growing melons in a greenhouse

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:52

Having just started planting out my tomatoes into their ring cultures in growbags, my melon (edonis) seedlings will be ready to be planted in a couple of weeks (got 2 large leaves now). 

The question i have is what is the best way to grow them, up a string like cucumbers supporting the fruit in nets. Or i seem to remember my grandad just grew them on ground in a growbag, but i might be mistaken it was a long time ago! 

I've a plan for my cucumbers and cucamelons which will be stringed from the roof,c ourgettes a squashes will be going outside in a raised bed. The other option for the melons might be to grow them in a growbag/pot raised up on the staing and let them sprawl around on that? I can even keep a tray of water underneath the staging to increase humidity around the melons.



Ranunculus aconitifolius

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:47


There you go, might not be available now, but worth asking them as with the late season the endapril deadline may have been pushed back.

Plant of the centenary

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:05

At least all the nominations have stood the test of time and proved themselves to be good at what they do. Not convinced some of the more recent choices will still be around in many years time.. well not my perrenial foxglove at least which went into the compost bin today well the dead remains of it anyway.


Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:53

The seeds are available from a few sites T&M etc.

Chilli and Pepper plants.

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:39

I'm growing the pepper "tasty grill", chilli "numex twilight" and chilli "pinochios nose" mine about the same size as yours at the moment. I'm currently moving into the greenhouse during the day, and back into the house at night. It's just too cold for them at the moment. 

Chillis are one of those plants that take forever to get going, then once they do they produce fruit readily, just wish we could get the temp up a bit.. 10  during the day and 3 at night just doesn't cut it!

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:45

While we're on this subject is it just me or are perrenial plant supports insanely expensive? I wanted about a dozen to dot around the garden for things like phlox etc... down the garden centre they were 5 quid each for a bit of plastic! That's more expensive than the plants, just seems a bit crazy to me..

Does anyone have any tips of other things you can use/recycle to do the job? If i'm going to spend 60 quid down the garden centre i'd rather do it on plants!

North Facing Front Garden

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:15

Brunnera, might add some nice colour, especially a variagated form like "jack frost". The leaves are nice and bright, and the pretty little forget me not style flowers are nice.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:04

Still no sign of my illumination pink from last year. If it's not showing any sign of life by the end of may it's coming out, and some more normal foxgloves are going in it's place. 

Might have been the bad wet winter, but it's clearly not reliably hardy in standard foxglove possitions.

Makes you wonder how much testing is done for the chelsea "plant of the year" award.

Radish - French breakfast

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:48

raddish are one of those plants you can sow very thinly as they germinate very easily. 

You can keep sowing most of the summer successionally, so you'll always have new ones sprouting. The best way is just sow them every 3 inches, 1 seed or 2 max, as they will all germinate, otherwise like you have seen all your packet will germinate at once, need thinning out, loosing 2/3 of them and waste them.

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