Chris 11


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Tastiest tomatoes?

Posted: 18/02/2018 at 20:21

I've grown at least 50 different varieties over the last few years, and never get tired of considering new varieties or sharing or swapping rare seeds with like-minded growers.


Of the ones I've tried so far, and on the basis purely of taste, my top 4 would be:


Dixiewine, Summer Cider, Black Icicle, Orange Banana.

going to attempt to grow nasturtiums - any advice?

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 17:53

Nasturtiums are great plants.


Wildlife friendly, grow on poor soil, then can be added to compost at the end of the season. And they're even edible.


They're annuals, but they also self seed, so once you've got some established they will likely re-appear every year. Or try saving seed yourself for the following year as well.

Unwanted Plants

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 13:35

Apart from the ebay option, you could try and find someone more locally who'd be interested via other sites like Next Door, Freecycle, Freegle etc.


There might also be local gardening groups, or community gardens with volunteers who might be willing to help or at least might have contacts to put you in touch with people who might be interested.


And I'd agree with other people to urge caution, and make sure you're sure, before doing anything drastic. And do one thing at a time, not big over-ambitious plans that you end up wishing you'd never started. Especially as you say your vision keeps changing.

Organic Growing

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 13:21

Depends what you mean by 'Organic' I guess.


I don't think there's a fixed scientific definition of what it means in terms of gardening and growing.

Seed and Plant Swap 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 at 13:05

Lyn, I don't know who you mean by 'almost all of us' and why you feel able to speak on their behalf.


And what you're saying is simply not true for tomatoes, unless you're saving from F1s, which is something different to traditional heirloom varieties.


There are exceptions, but the overwhelming majority of non-F1 tomato varieties will breed true.

Seed and Plant Swap 2018

Posted: 04/02/2018 at 22:35

I have a number of spare self-saved chilli, sweet pepper and tomato seeds. Including some rare and unusual varieties.


I've got plenty, so don't necessarily need any swaps, but let me know if you've got anything interesting.


I'm likely to ask for an SAE or postage to put off anyone asking for freebies without making any regular contribution to the forum then disappearing.


There don't seem to be many tomato or chilli growers on this forum, but happy to help out anyone with genuine interest and enthusiam.

Chilli Seed Swap

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 12:18

I have a number of spare self-saved chilli and sweet pepper seeds. Including some rare and unusual varieties.


I've got plenty, so don't necessarily need any swaps, but let me know if you've got anything interesting.


I'm likely to ask for an SAE or postage to put off anyone asking for freebies without making any regular contribution to the forum then disappearing. We all know it happens.


There don't seem to be many chilli growers on this forum, but happy to help out anyone with genuine interest and enthusiam.

Tomato rootstock

Posted: 30/01/2018 at 21:33

Sow Seeds is a UK company that sell Tomato Submarine F1 Rootstock Seeds, as well as grafting clips if you need those.


https://www.sowseeds.co.uk/collections/tomato/products/tomato-submarine-rootstock-seeds

Sharing a garden instead of an allotment

Posted: 30/01/2018 at 21:23

Great idea John, and something I'd like to see on every street. Hope you find someone local and compatible.


The Next Door website (formerly StreetLife) might be a good place to ask a similar question. There literally might be somebody on your street or nearby who might be happy to make an arrangement with you.


https://nextdoor.co.uk

what not to compost

Posted: 30/01/2018 at 11:37

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