Catherine Mansley

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Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 15:09

Hi there,

We're running a feature in the February 2015 issue of Gardeners' World Magazine, about the best varieties of tomato.

We'd like forum members to nominate their tastiest tomato varieties and how they use them.

Do you swear by Sungold for salads but San Marzano for sauces? Or do you use Shirley for everything? 

Please let us know your top tomatoes.

Catherine Mansley
Commissioning Editor
Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 14:18

Hi DimWit,

It's a little bit tricky to tell from this photo. Do you have any more photos that show the shape of the leaves more clearly?

The opposite leaves suggest it could be a hydrangea. Here are some pictures of hydrangea leaves. Do they look like this? 

Catherine Mansley

Acting Commissioning Editor
Gardeners' World Magazine

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 13:49

Hi Jacqui 3.
Calendula's ID is quite right, it is a type of lime, specifically Tilia henryana.

Plant profile of Tilia henryana 

It has those fantastically toothed leaves, which turn a lovely yellow colour in autumn - lots of trees are colouring up early this year because it's been so hot and dry. It has scented flowers too. It's slow-growing, but does eventually get quite large – about 25m, so you might want to assess where it's growing. 

Catherine Mansley
Acting commissioning editor 
Gardeners' World Magazine


Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 13:45

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say there is a new gardening TV series starting on Monday 9 December, 7pm on BBC2, called the Great British Garden Revival. It runs for a week in December (Monday-Friday) and then returns for a week in January (Monday-Friday, 6-10 January, 7pm, BBC2). 

It features Monty Don, Joe Swift, Carol Klein, Rachel de Thame, James Wong, Chris Beardshaw, Toby Buckland, Charlie Dimmock, Sarah Raven, Tom Hart Dyke, Christine Walkden, Alys Fowler, Diarmuid Gavin and Matt James. Each episode is themed around two different styles or aspects of gardening and there's footage from some beautiful gardens around the country, many of which are open to the public.  

In the first episode, Monty is celebrating wildflowers from Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Joe Swift is sharing his tips for front gardens from an award-winning street in Tyne and Wear.

There's also a new TV series called Grow, Make, Eat, about allotment growing, which is currently scheduled to start early next year.

Hopefully these will help fill the gap until Gardeners' World and The Beechgrove Garden return.  

Catherine Mansley, features co-ordinator, Gardeners' World Magazine

What new veg varieties have you tried?

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 16:19

Thanks so much for all of your responses so far. It's great to hear how many of you are trying out new varieties. Please do keep posting new vegetable varieties that you've tried and liked. I'm keen to get as many responses as possible, to make the feature as comprehensive as I can.

Thank you.

Catherine Mansley 

What new veg varieties have you tried?

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 12:16

What new varieties of vegetable have you grown and liked this year? Gardeners' World Magazine would like to know your top-rated new veg varieties for a feature in the New Year. Post on this thread and your recommendations could appear in the magazine. 

Catherine Mansley, features co-ordinator, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Monty Don's Tomatoes

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 11:33

Hello Dee 4, In the September 2012 issue, Monty recommended six varieties: 'Costoluto Fiorentino', 'Costoluto Genovese', 'Cuor di Bue', 'Golden Sunrise', 'Merveille des Marches' and 'Rose de Berne'. Hope that helps.

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 10:17
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Didn't Monty Don lose a greenhouse-full of toms to blight this year?

If he did, it further underlines the connection betwixt greenhouses and fungal problems. I wish I'd seen that episode. I'd love to know exactly which disease(s) the plants had. If he "lost" all the plants it probably wasn't one of the common ones. Unless he was negligent.

Thanks for your comments Italophile. Monty Don did indeed lose his greenhouse tomatoes to late blight this year. My feature is specifically about late blight on tomatoes, rather than other fungal diseases. And RHS advice remains that tomatoes are less likely to suffer from late blight if they are grown in a greenhouse.  Of course, Monty's experience shows they are far from immune!

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 15:49

Thanks for the tips Busy-Lizzie and Geraldineb. Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse certainly makes them less likely to catch blight, as the blight spores are airborne. Covering outdoor tomatoes with a polythene sheet, draped over supports, should have a similar effect.

Do keep those suggestions coming in. 

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 10:02

Hi, I'm features co-ordinator on Gardeners' World Magazine and I’m writing a feature about the best ways to beat tomato blight and the best tasting tomatoes. I’d like your input. Growing very early-ripening tomatoes, like ‘Red Alert’, can often mean they ripen before blight strikes. But what are your tips for beating blight?

  • What do you do to help your tomatoes survive blight-free?
  • If you were hit by blight this year, is there anything you’re planning to do differently next year?
  • Which variety do you think is the tastiest tomato? 

So get in touch, with your tips for great tomatoes.

Catherine Mansley

Features Co-ordinator, Gardeners' World Magazine

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