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Posted: 28/08/2013 at 17:49

Have any of you grown the Tomato "San Mazano"? It is an Italian Plumb variety which grows to about 6 inches in length (top to bottom) and 3-4 inches wide. My neighbours are growing them this year, they are still green but appear to be about full size and.they have promised me a couple when they ripen. If you have grown them, what is the flavour like (I know this is a very subjective subject). Are they thick or thin skinned and have there been any problems with them?

My own Toms, Gourmet, which I have grown for the past 4 years have had good flavour through the seasons each year but this year the flavour has been a bit disappointing. From late May to mid June the flavour was poor but it improved dramatically with the heat in late June through to the present.

I grow in the GH with heat from early March to late May when the temperature reaches about 60 degrees (15C in modern English!) it is then turned off. They cropped with ripe fruit this year in mid June and are now at 7 trusses and `pinched out`.

Any help would be appreciated.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:53

Here in Cheshire we have had a fantastic crop of Runner Beans variety "Butler" which has a red flower. We have grown them as last year, 8 plants grown from seed in an 18 inch terracotta pot - so much for the experts telling us to "double dig a trench and fill with rotted manure).

Fed with Tomato fertiliser weekly the pods have been 1 foot long and well filled with beans. They are now slowing down in growth but they really have been excellent.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:48

Take all cuttings NOW so that they can develop roots to help them to withstand the winter. If you have a heated conservatory or small heated GH or propagator, put the cuttings in there but watch the night temperatures. Glass alone will not help them to survive at an outside temperature of 0 degrees or less.

When taking the cuttings, root them in 3 1/2 to 5  inch pots (depending on size and number of cuttings) and cover the pot with a plastic bag to retain moisture. When rooted, remove the plastic bag and water them when the compost feels dry.

Lawn weedkiller

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 09:57

Verdun, it is one which I have seen in garden centres but never used. It sounds as you suggest that it is either too strong for lawns or is NOT a selective weed killer.

Lawn weedkiller

Posted: 20/08/2013 at 18:51

What you need is a Selective Lawn Weedkiller. There are many on the market including those added to lawn fertilizers - not for use now with autumn approaching.

Depending on what weeds you have in the lawn there is Clovertox to clear clover, moss killer, broad lef weeds, eg. plantain and many others. As Verdun says, `spot weedkiller` for localised weeds is also effective, again, depending on just how much weed you have the Selective weedkiller if used according to instructions will not cause any lawn grass damage, only the weeds.



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 17:58

Why not sow some leeks, spring cabbage, spinach as a first time try. They should crop by January.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 10:02

Sorry about the Pussycat but dig up the Hebe and pop it in the dustbin! To have had a Hebe for 20 years is an achievement but just accept that its end is nigh and so do not waste any more time on it.

Hebe`s are not fully hardy and a severe winter can kill or badly damage them.

Lancashire Interior Home Designs

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 09:51

What is this advert doing on a gardening web-site?

Is it acceptable?

Tomato problems

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 18:52

I wonder, have you been overwatering your Toms? It is possible that the problem is due to this, although I would not argue with The Bearded One (what a wonderful name) who seems to know the biology and physiology of plants. I would not be expected to be questioned on medical matters especially Orthopaedics!!


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 18:21

To give you an idea of plants for different soil conditions here are a few to help you. If as Welshonion says you see Rhododendrons in neighbours gardens, you have acid soil - they will not survive in alkali soil.

Acid loving plants: Rhododendron, Camelia, Heathers (a few winter flowering varieties can accept alkali soil - ask when you buy), Pieris are happier in acid soil, Magnolia, Lithospermum, Calluna.

Plants which will grow in alkali soil: Astilbe, Penstemon, Hosta, Forsythia, and most other herbacious plants will tollerate alkali.

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