Bf206


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Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:05
Thanks Bob. Just wondered whether having lots of canes made them more disease-prone / less fruit bearing?

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:10

I planted three autumn rasperry canes last year, had a decent first year's crop, and now have absolutely tons coming through. Each original cane has about 7 or 8 coming up clustered around the original that i cut down to ground level. Then there are a number of other random canes popping up, dotted around and in between.

I'm not too concerned about their spread in that I've put them in one half of raised bed that doesn't have much else in it and I'd like to have plenty. However, I wonder whether in practice they're going to get too over crowded? Should I 'thin' them out at all? I already pulled up a few outlying canes to give to a friend but I've still got tons!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 08:04
What have you potted them into fishy65? Partly out of laziness and a lack of indoor space, I tend not to have too many potting stages for mine. I start them in deep modules (two seeds per module) and then put them into individual 3" pots when they have small true leaves. That's where I'm at currently.

I usually now keep them in these pots until they're ready to go into the coldframe to harden off (late May hopefully). I used to worry that keeping them in small pots for so long holds them back but I've really found it doesn't. I did try having an intermediate stage with them in 4.5" pots but they then don't fit in the windowsill and just take over.

So aftert they've hardened off and I think nighttime temps are no longer an issue, i just bury them deeply into their final 20 litre pots and off they go...

spuds in ?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:36

Have still got my Charlottes chitting away indoors. I might try and get them into their bags in a week or so's time I think as they're starting to go quite wrinkly...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 07:52
I've 'cut' back to growing on 16 seedlings in 3" pots now. Will probably have to give a few away...

Germination rate was low for some reason this year - probably about 50%. Not that I need more plants! I did it slightly differently this year. Previously I've left seed trays in a dark corner and only moved them into the light at the first signs of life. This time I just had the trays in a bright windowsill from the start because I wanted to see if that would help prevent leggyness.

Actually, while less seeds germinated than usual, the seedlings all look pretty sturdy. All have decent sized true leaves and thick stems.

The question is how many to give away...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:43

Yes, a few more Sweet Aperitif have reared their heads... Basically I'll have plenty of plants. Always strikes me how reliable Sungold are, from germination to fruiting.

Just starting to get tiny true leaves on some of them...

Peas

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:22

I've got some 'Sugar Flash' snap peas and had been minded to put them in the ground although the packet suggests April. Having said that, given I live in Central London, surely it would be ok?

My other hesitation is over those pesky slugs and snails that torment my garden. I find nematodes work but they're expensive and need regular reapplying. I scatter the 'safe' organic pellets too but I'm dubious how much they work.

So, my question is, would now be a good time to plant snap peas in my coldframe in modules, with a view to planting out when they're stronger and more likely to survive a slug onslaught?

Peas

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 07:25
Ok thanks Italophile... Yes I was surprised they say April too as I'd always thought March for peas.

Peas

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 06:57

I've got some 'Sugar Flash' snap peas and had been minded to put them in the ground although the packet suggests April. Having said that, given I live in Central London, surely it would be ok?

My other hesitation is over those pesky slugs and snails that torment my garden. I find nematodes work but they're expensive and need regular reapplying. I scatter the 'safe' organic pellets too but I'm dubious how much they work.

So, my question is, would now be a good time to plant snap peas in my coldframe in modules, with a view to planting out when they're stronger and more likely to survive a slug onslaught?

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 06:34
Right, we have (a fair bit of) germination...

I sowed 6 seeds of each variety. As I find every year, Sungold incredibly reliable (6 out of 6 strong seedlings already germinated), closely followed by Black Cherry (5/6) then Tigerella (3/6). Sweet Aperitif - only 1 out of 6 germinated so far. I do vaguely remember from last year that they take longer.

I've taken the lid off my seed tray now as I want to get some air circulating for the seedlings already there. Hopefully that doesn't put the remainder off from germinating. The tray's in a pretty warm spot - inside our house so at about 20C.

My plan / hope would be to choose the three strongest seedlings from each variety to grow on...

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