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Tomato Ripening

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 12:03
Italophile wrote (see)

The air circulation is good anti-fungal problem procedure. I'd close the windows at night, too, to keep up the temperature. At this time of the season a fungal infection isn't going to do any long-term damage because there isn't a long-term. So to speak.

I have already started closing the windows at night, due to the recent drop in night temp. I know from  following the Forum, that you are the Tom's expert, and I would like to know what you think about the thoughts of others on putting a ripe banana in there. For eg; Do I apply one to each pot ( I have 4), do I place them at the base, and do I peel them first? Please excuse me everyone, for sounding a bit naive on this matter. Thanks

Harvesting Squash

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 16:13
obelixx wrote (see)

I'd say leave it to grow on but it'll need plenty of watering and maybe a bit of feeding too.

Generally speaking, squash require a gerat deal of space and light and plenty of moisture and food to grow well so are better off grown outside in the ground or on a compost heap where they'll get pollinated by passing insects.

I give it a watering every other day, with a tomato feed about once a week. I had to move them inside my shed a few weeks ago, because they were dominating the greenhouse floor, & obstructing my path to the tomatoes. Interesting observation on growing on a compost heap though.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 16:03
Italophile wrote (see)

Bob, toms don't need direct sunshine to ripen. It's all about temperature. Low-20s and above is optimum. The lower you go, the longer it takes.

I currently leave my windows in the greenhouse open 24hrs, although I do close the door at night - do I need to close them also?

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 15:15
MuddyFork wrote (see)

I have put a ripe banana on the growbag my tomatoes are growing in and they have now started to ripen.  Worth giving it a try.

I will see what this weeks forecast of settled weather does to the crop, if no movement by the week-end, I will add a banana. I currently have 4 plants in my greenhouse - 1 per plant??

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 15:11

Thanks for your help & ideas. And I always thought toms needed sunshine - Let's hope we all have  a decent September .

What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:34

Most of my veg has been harvested, and the only creatures I have come across are spiders. Because the mesh is pinned to the raised bed walls by timber batons, and I have not come across the familiar ' slime trail', I would be pretty miffed if they have found their way inside. All slugs & snails I have come across this year, have been destroyed. Here's hoping.

obelixx wrote (see)

There are several beasties that cut holes or chunks in leaves.  OK when it' s leaf cutter bees but not when it's vine weevil adults as that means their offspring are probably chewing through the roots.  May be worth fossicking in the soil to see if tehy're present and then either picking them out or treating with nematodes before they work their way through the garden.

Slugs burrow in the soil or under leaves and stones by day and snails are pretty clever at hiding so you may simply be not seeing them.


Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:15

I have grown tomatoes (in the greenhouse) for the first time this year, and although I have a decent crop on them, not one has started to ripen. I have thin plastic shading to protect the contents from shrivelling (when we do get some sun), but I am concerned that as we have now entered September, I am running out of time. Anyone else in the same boat as me, that can offer some assurance? Thanks 

What's eating my beans, fennel...and well everything now!

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 14:07

All my veg has been protected by a very fine netting called 'enviromesh', but still I have come across holes or chunks missing from the leaves. I am confident it is not slugs & snails because it is tightly pinned to all my raised beds, and I have never come across any when I have gone inside. What it is, I don't know, natural causes I suppose. 

Harvesting Squash

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:58

 I started growing Squash for the first time this year, and this is the sole harvest from 4 plants. Two went by the wayside early on,because I was unaware they had to be pollinated. Despite efforts to do this with my other two, this is the only one that pollinated properly. I will not bother next year because they are too fiddely, and take up far too much room. What I need to know is,  is this one is ready to be removed, and allowed to harden a little. I hope the pics are clear enough.  Many thanks.

Strawberry Plants - When Do You Cut Them Back?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 11:08

Hi Bookertoo, Two of the plants have been in the greenhouse, hence the question about watering. The others are in a hanging basket outside, and  very well watered, here in Birmingham.


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