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Cherry belle tomatoes

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:49

It could have been an issue with the seed producer, such as a failure of one of the two parent crops last year (it is an F1 which means it is a cross between two parent plants and the seeds won't come true.)  If you can't obtain them next winter, I can highly recommend another F1 cherry called 'Suncherry F1' which is the tastiest cherry tomato I have ever grown without being over sweet like sungold and is extremely disease resistant, crops early and for a very long period.  I grow a lot of tomatoes (at least 10 varieties each year and usually double that) and I would rate Suncherry as 10/10.

tiny holes in my onions

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 14:00

Probably not onion fly or narcissus fly as you would be finding grubs inside, so good news there.  My best guess would be something like flea beetles which bit through and decided they didn't like them or even keeled slugs doing the same.  You could try covering them with horticultural fleece when first planted, removing it once they grow tall but that won't help if it is keeled slugs.  Growing them in another part of the garden would be advisable too.

What's this plant?

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:41

Margaret Roberts3 - I think that may be Veronia (aka Ironweed.)

Path stones

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:31

Look to see if there are any reclamation yards in your area.  You could use google etc to search for 'reclamation yard nottingham' if you happen to live near Nottingham, for example.


Posted: 25/08/2015 at 13:26

Tayberries fruit on the canes which grew the previous year so will probably not fruit until next year unless they arrived as large plants.  Pruning is easy though - once fruiting has finished, completely cut out the fruited canes leaving the new unfruited ones which will bear fruit the following year.

Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:07
pansyface wrote (see)

Don't cut down the new canes but do cut down the old ones. Next year's fruit will be on this year's canes.

That is true for Summer varieties, pansyface, but not for Autumn fruiting varieties which should all be cut down in February.


Autumn Raspberries

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 11:05

Yes, with Autumn fruiting varieties, if you leave any canes from the previous year, they will crop much earlier (often beating Summer fruiting varieties) but at the expense of the proper Autumn crop.  You may be lucky and still get some very late fruits from the news canes so leave them for now but cut everything down to the ground in February and the new canes that will grow should fruit at the normal time (ie about now) next year.

Getting desperate after 8 years.... WISTERIA, help please

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:36

Oh no, that's awful Steph!

I don't honestly think there is much chance of getting it back up as it is, it will be far too heavy.  However, I would use this as an opportunity to put in some vine eyes and wire supports to support it properly when it grows back..  You are probably going to have to cut it back very hard.

A tip when drilling holes for vine-eyes is to drill them in the centre of a brick, not in the mortar gaps which is too weak to properly support the weight.  Use rawlplugs, long vine-eyes (at least 100mm) and at least 2.5mm thick galvanised steel wire.


Talkback: Sunflowers and hoverflies

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 10:01

Jeanette, look at the dates on the posts - you are are replying to a 4 year old thread, the competition closed in 2011..

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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