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tomatoes end of season

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 00:36

If they're outdoors, agree with other advice this time of year to pick any remaining fruit and bring them indoors, put them near a banana etc.

But if they're still in a greenhouse which is closed at night, and if your plants are still reasonably healthy, I'd leave them a bit longer, they are still slowly ripening on the plant.

A greenhouse closed at night will give approx +5C protection compared to unprotected outdoors.


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 20:30

Interesting post Mel, can you post the original link?

Courgettes have been disappointing this year because of the poor summer, but the powdery mildew certainly hasn't helped.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 17:11

Had another look, and it's basically down to the 'order code' being correct, and then the 10 for 10 deal should apply automatically as long as all your choices qualify e.g they are single packs, not doubles or collections.

If you go from the Facebook link, your own email invitation, or twitter link, then the  'order code' box should be populated automatically with the appropriate code. If you go via a FB link, the code is the same as the one mentioned by Perki, TNE592Z.

If you can't / don't want to follow the above, then manually putting in the code should work for you. If you've previously browsed and not cleared the cookies, then an old order code may have defaulted, and again, putting in this code manually should work for you.

This is the link generated from the T&M FB page:

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 10:43

I think Lena is right, and it's sometimes defaulting to a buy 5 get one free offer. That's why 2 out of ten in the list are showing as 0.00 price, and not because they're unavailable.

Maybe it depends what starting page you arrive on. That might be why it seems to be working from a FB or Twitter link. Or direct from the link in the original email if you received one.


Pepper plants sick leaves

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 17:21

Spike, plants don't look too bad to me, and your growing conditions will be much better than us here in Britain.

They look like a Chinense variety to me, and the leaves often thicken and wrinkle like this, especially if they've been over fed or had pest attacks.

Good luck with your plants.

Identifying chilli plant

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 11:52

Trippy, similar thread, and possibly similar chilli here:


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 23:17

Fruitcake, are those 'Teddy Bear'?


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 20:14

Got a few of various sizes and varieties, no giants, nothing taller than about 7ft this year. Started collecting some seeds today to save for next year.

Ynnead, don't know about the 'best' variety for pollinators, but I like the look of 'Titan' as it produces particularly large flower heads and seeds, so should be good for pollinating insects as well as a great source of food for birds and squirrels later in the season.

Chilli plants

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 13:35

Chris172, what varieties are you growing?

Chilli plants will start dying off in late autumn as temperatures drop, and what you describe might just be the first stages of that.

If you haven't already done so, reducing watering so they're not too damp will also help your plants.

The further north you are, the more you might benefit from trying varieties that are faster maturing or more cool tolerant.  I'd suggest Ring of Fire, Hungarian Hot Wax, Bulgarian Carrot and Super Chilli.


Posted: 12/09/2015 at 10:51

I've grown the Minipop variety, which is widely available.

3 - 5 mini cobs per plant, but like with any other sweetcorn, depends on whether the plants get enough sun and warmth and long enough growing season.

Need to pick them at the right time as well, not too early and not too late.

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