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Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:06

T&M used to stock Tommy Toe - it's an Australian bred version of Gardener's delight I believe.

For flavoursome red cherry toms, try Chadwick Cherry (heirloom) from Real Seeds (note: they grow into BIG plants and are not for baskets!) and the best modern variety I have tried for many years is Suncherry Premium F1.

Any of the 'sun' series (eg Sungold) will give you good crops of highly flavoured toms with the plants having good disease resistance.

Rot proof raised beds

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:47

If you can afford them, a permanent (well, 50 year life) answer is to use planks made from recycled plastic.  Google 'recycled plastic planks' and you will find lots of suppliers. plastic planks

Hyperlinks still broken I see!




Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:34

I can't identify it other than it clearly being a sap-sucker and almost certainly an aphid of some type.  As there are relatively few leaves I agree with Hostafan and would systematically inspect every leaf and squash/rub off whatever you find with your fingers.  Applying any kind of insecticidal spray (chemical or organic) is always slightly detrimental to plants and with so few leaves I wouldn't risk spraying with anything right now.

Lawn gone bad.

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 10:25

Probably cranefly larvae (leatherjacket) damage.  Nothing you can do right now to kill them, but if you water in nematodes in the autumn you will prevent the problem next year.

If you re-seed the damaged areas, it will soon green-up again but you need to 'keep off the grass' until the new grass is established.

Weed ID link

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 22:03

Very good B3 and should help anyone to identify many common weeds.

I have had (or still have) all of those!

Here's the link made clickable:




Posted: 25/02/2016 at 20:27

None of them require manure.  However, many will not crop very well unless extra fertiliser of some kind is added, manure being one of the most organic.

Do you have a reason for not using manure, or do you just have ground to which you cannot add fertiliser for some reason?

Anyone grow Agapanthus in border

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 19:02

I grew Headbourne hybrids from seed and they turned into thugs when eventually planted into my borders - nothing would grow near them and the mass of roots was huge when I eventually dug them out.  I left them upside down over the winter hoping the frost would kill them and they would rot but they re-grew when I dumped them in the 'unwanted plant' graveyard at the bottom of my garden!

Clearly the majority of agapanthus are quite delicate and many are not frost-hardy but if you grow Headbourne hybrids, beware!

Plant ID

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 18:45

If you decide to let any produce those handsome red berries, remember to remove and dispose of the whole fruiting stem well before the berries start to go over and fall otherwise you will have hundreds of them popping-up nearby.  I think the gernination rate must be close to 100% and each berry has lots of seeds..

Unwelcome garden visitors

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 07:34

Yes, Jack Frost was an unwelcome garden visitor here last night - got down to -4C!

It's -2.8C right now at 7.30am.  Glad I resisted the temptation to start seeds early.

Potatoes after strawberries?

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 20:09

As long as your strawberries were healthy you should be OK following Jerry's advice.  However, both plants are susceptible to verticillium so it's usually recommended to leave a gap of at least a year or two when planting one where the other has grown before.  Have a look at this page:


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