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Posted: 04/09/2013 at 15:15

Thanks Bob.

What's best to grow know

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 19:09

I have grown Aquadulce Claudia for some years, but this year with the heat of July/August the crop and flavour has been fantastic. As Dove says, sow in October or like me, sow in 3 inch peat pots in February and  when germinated, plant in the veg. plot in late March.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:58

Bob, so if `Cristal` ain`t so good for flavour which of the varieties you grow do have good flavour?  Please do not include the cherry types as I already grow a couple of Gardener`s Delight each year which crop heavily and have the typical flavour of cherry Toms. but also grow my main crop (Unwins Gourmet) but NOT Moneymaker, Ailsa Craig, Shirley,etc which I have grown many years ago but find them tasteless inspite of all the hype!


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 16:03

Italophile, I am not quite that gruesome inspite of being a retired surgeon! My unbelievable gallery is the Academia and the unfinished sculptures of Michalangelo - a leg coming out of a solid block of marble - a memorable piece of work This mornings Daily Telegraph mentions the American idiot who some time ago cut a finger off the statue of David, he apparently was a collector!!

Thanks again for the help, it will give me something to do during our endless winter.


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 18:18

Thanks Italophile, I have heard of Brandywine Sudduth and fancy the idea of Soldaki, perhaps the taste of a good glass of Chianti Gallo Negro while sitting in the evening in Piazza della Signora in Firenze watching the people walk past! Heaven on Earth.

Others I will look up on the Internet. Again, many thanks.

Flat green bugs on tomatos

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 10:06

Are they edible? They look to be rich in protein!!


Posted: 29/08/2013 at 10:02

Many thanks, I will not bother with them. Of all those mentioned, which would you consider the best for flavour and size, I prefer the mid sized Tom, eg. Ailsa Craig or Moneymaker, although I do grow a couple of Gardeners Delight each year for salads.

Italophile (as I am, been going there since 1956) what varieties do you grow and what are their flavours like.



Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:25

Having spent many winters in the West Indes and summers in the Med. your tree is not a Palm. It is a Yucca - a generally hardy tree which can be seen in Devon and Cornwall (commonly in Torquay) and also incorrectly believed to be Palm trees.

What were the nails which made the holes made of? If they were copper, that is the answer to your question - they are very toxic to trees.


Wayward Philadelphus

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 18:00
  • It sounds as though you are pruning too late and therefore removing that years flowering stems.

Philadelphus (Mock Orange) flowers on the previous years growth and must be pruned just AFTER the flowering period has finished, usually around late May depending on where you live.

Flat green bugs on tomatos

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 17:54

Sounds like greenfly?? Could it be that simple? If so, spray with NON systemic insecticide.

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