Bf206


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Frost

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 07:19

I'm in South London but sounds like even here there will be frosts come the weekend - gah! I've got a roll of fleece but I'm just working out what I need to do...

My broad beans, peas and garlic were all planted last Autumn and are frost-hardy - but does that apply now the beans & peas have flowered / set?

I'm also a bit worried about my blackberry/raspberry canes as they've been growing strongly / have lots of buds.

My beetroot presumably is especially vulnerable. Half of it has turned red from too much rain but the other half is looking healthy. And my potatoes have got shoots coming out of the top of their containers so no scope for earthing up.

Basically, i guess it all needs fleecing to be safe?!

Courgettes wilting

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:23

I've still got mine in a 6 cell tray - Black Forest climbing variety so they're growing up rather than out. Just getting first true leaves so I presume they can stay in there for a while longer? My plan is then to pot the, on to say 4" pots and put them in cold frame for a week or so, then into the ground (poss with fleece). Does that sound sensible?

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 08:20

Cool! Actually my seedlings are starting to look less leggy so I'm a bit more optimistic. I'm not confident enough to post a pic yet though

Tomato problem

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:26
Hah! I'm a long way east of you here in SE London...

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 10:22

I've done both over the years - raised plants from seed and bought small plants. It might just be coincidence but I've found that seed-grown toms are less prone to disease, fungus, blight etc.

John Harding - do you have a photo of your seedlings? I haven't got the same set-up as you but I'm interested in what toms 'should' look like at this stage! I know mine never start out brilliantly as I'm quite limited space-wise inside but they seem to catch up nicely once in their final positions.

Tomato problem

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 09:26

I think in hindsight last year I could probably have moved them from indoors to cold frame a little earlier but temps were so low. May hasn't started brilliantly here in SE Eng but no sign of frosts at least (famous last words). I'm hoping by having held off on sowing my toms, though, that I've bought some insurance. 

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:16

I'm growing some Sweet Aperitif this year (and Black Cherry, Flamingo, Sungold, Katiebell) and it was very noticeable they were the last to germinate - not that I think it matters particularly! They're a similar height to yours - whereas all the others have shot up, 1"+. It's a south facing window but i think the light levels aren't great so I usually have leggy seedlings but I'll bury the stems when I pot them up and that seems to sort them out. 

Tomato problem

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 20:11

most of my tom seedlings went very purple last year, as I held off on putting them outside until the very last because of the cold spring. As it was, they recovered incredibly quickly as soon as they were getting full sunlight outside and I don't think it really held them back at all. 

Garlic

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:23
This is actually the first year I've used fertiliser - Chempak. It's certainly had an impact on the green growth but not sure if it'll translate into bigger bulbs...

Garlic

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:41

The recent rain has perked my garlic up significantly. It was starting to look distinctly droopy with the yellowing you describe. Ok, my fault for not watering more but hopefully no harm done. I also put some onion fertilser around each plant and that, combined with the rain, has made a massive difference. Leaves look much greener, plants are more upright etc.

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