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Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:31

A growing point is the top of the plant or top of a side shoot.  What I really mean is to say is always leave at least one side shoot growing just in case the top of the plant stops growing and turns into a flowering truss instead.  Even cordons should have two growing points for the best crop.

Hopefully you will be able to tell before long once the first fruit ripens - easy if the varieties are very different in size or colour.

Don't start feeding them until the first flowers have set and tiny tomatoes appear.


Mixed up tomato seedings - cordon vs bush how to tell?

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:08

I've done the opposite before and grown bush types as cordons and got good crops.  The trick is to ensure that there are always two growing points as on bush types a growing point can end 'blind' or as a flowering truss, so don't be too quick to remove side shoots.  I think this is a better way as if you don't remove any side shoots on indeterminate (cordon) types, they can grow huge and flowering could be delayed so much that the fruit doesn't have time to ripen before the cold weather arrives.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:47

Looked it up - acers (to my surprise) are almost all insect pollinated!

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:19

Didn't know that nut!

I only grow for the leaves so if mine have flowered, I've just never noticed.

Name that vine

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:53

White Bryony I think Lesley.

Horse chestnut scale

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:42

Provado is systemic so spreads throughout the tree when sprayed on the leaves and a systemic type of insecticide is the only one which is really effective against scale insects.  Luckily, acers don't flower so as long as you wait for a windless day there is little chance of harming pollinators and other beneficial insects.


Posted: 19/05/2015 at 19:37

I grow a fair few including worcesterberry which are just like sweet red gooseberries but on a thornless bush - a massive bonus come picking time!  Cuttings also root incredibly easy - just shove them in the ground.

Have a look at the selection at Chris Bowers where many of mine came from:

I got the 'connoisseur' collection:



Plant identification?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 20:34

Possibly a chokeberry (Aronia.)   If so, the leaves turn to fantastic shades of red in the autumn.

Broccoli eaten by pest

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 21:11

I get my butterfly netting from here:

They also do cloche hoops etc at reasonable prices although you can make your own using blue flexible MDPE water pipe which is about 20 quid for 25 metres.  Google 'blue water pipe allotment' for lots of info on that.

Broccoli eaten by pest

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:52

If the whole plant and stem is gone, then rabbits are favourite.  If just the leaves have gone, likely woodpigeons.  Butterfly netting will protect against pigeons and the dreaded cabbage white butterfly caterpillars as long as you keep the netting a few inches away from the plants.  Rabbits will probably chew through plastic netting though.  For courgettes, molluscs are the main enemy.

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