Latest posts by Bf206

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 07:36

4 days in - no sign of life quite yet... took the lid off earlier to have a quick peek without peering through the condensation and all seems quiet but possibly one or two bits of vemiculite beginning to stir... hopefully tomorrow!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:45
Will do, Simon!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:06

Right, here we go again... have planted a mixture of sungold, black cherry, sweet aperitif and tigerella into modules and they're currently sitting in a seed tray in our living room.

Sungold are my faves for snacking, black cherry for cooking. Sweet aperitif i tried for the first time last year and ended up with tons of them. Tigerella i've never tried before...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:55
Don't tell Mrs Bf that, Simon!!

It did occur to me but I quite like the seed bit - even though at the moment I'm not brilliantly set up for it. Not exactly why we're moving but fingers crossed...

I think I will just plant a couple of seed tray's worth this week. I think I've identified a sunny spot inside that shouldn't cause too much of an issue. Once they become bigger, though, I need to hope for a warm spring so they can go into the coldframe early. My usual chosen spot when they're in individual 3" pots is the bedroom windowsill which may not go down brilliantly...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:55

Hmm, I really need to get my tomatoes started. Problem is, we're currently selling our house and my wife really doesn't like the idea of trays of compost lying around in our sunnier spots inside!!!

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 08:58
Thanks all! V helpful. Will definitely leave another month or so... Still haven't decided what varieties to try this year, after all.

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:07

So, when do people start their tomatoes from seed indoors? I generally put them in seed trays and leave them lying around inside - annoying mrs bf... I've got a coldframe outside but no greenhouse so I generally just use that for hardening off.

I waited till late March last year for sowing but I felt in hindsight that was too late and meant they missed out on a pretty warm spring - if they'd been further along, they could have gone out earlier. Last frost here in SE London was in January!

Reason I started them late though was because in 2013, I started them at the end of Jan and had to keep some pretty large seedings indoors until about mid-June as spring was so cold with lots of frosts! They were looking pretty unhealthy and light-starved - but took off and recovered well once outside.

So, maybe this year I split the difference and go for February!?

Swiss Chard

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 10:33
I've got some seeds which I'm tempted to try this year. What puts me off is leaf miners. They've always ravaged my beet leaves which matters less with beets but presumably is pretty crucial with chard!

Last year with my beets, I did religiously pick off the white larvae on an almost daily basis which I guess is the only way?

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:14

For those blight survivors out there... all my toms are in pots but I guess i now need to clean those before using them next year - washing up liquid ok? The only other thing is that all the pots stand in the side return, partly on a gravelled strip. That strip often gets weeds in it but some of the blighted toms have dropped in... should I get something to treat that gravel with as well as could spores live in that over the winter? I'll be putting tomatoes in the same spot next year - haven't got much choice.

Discoloured skin n outdoor grown tomatoes

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 19:12

Can I throw my plants into the mix too?!

I got back from hols 10 days ago and saw a couple of my 15 plants with what I was pretty sure was late blight. I (possibly wrongly!) didn't just decide to cut my losses and instead set about removing anything that looked infected on those plants and pretty much stripped the rest of the plants of their leaves too. I know I probably should have taken off any remaining green fruit too but, well, work and laziness conspired with a bit of curiosity as to what would happen...

So, fruits have continued to ripen, mostly healthily and taste nice! But the odd truss has a bad fruit or two on it, which I've been picking off. Now about half of the plants have dark lesions on the stems and some of the trusses have gone brown and fragile - to the point that unripe (but apparently unaffeced) fruit drops off them. Some trusses and whole plants look completely healthy.



I guess this is late blight? The only thing that now makes me doubt it is the fact that all the plants are still alive! Well apart from the horrible looking stem patches and the odd diseased fruit...

I suppose I should still strip all remaining fruit and bin the plants? Sigh. Maybe at the weekend. If the kids let me.




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