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Tomatoes for hanging baskets?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 21:12

For hanging baskets I would recommend one "tumbling tom" as plant to droop over the edges and then one "minibel" plant in the middle of the basket.

I have grown minibel for a few years now and the breed is still relatively unknown. It's a shame as they are hardy, good fruiters and pretty forgiving if you occasionally forget to water 


Are there any advantages of starting sweet peppers off now?

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 21:07

Hi daisy100,

I always start my peppers and chillies late January. Mine are now small 1.5 inch seedlings, quite happily growing on a sunny south facing windowsill.

Actually, there are benefits from starting early. Whilst you may risk elongated seedlings if you don't provide enough light, an early start is recommended for many capsicums. They often need a long growing season so I have always started early.

It hasn't done me any harm, best of luck to you!

anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 22:07


I started mine around 10th January, (basket of fire, hababnero, and birds eye).

Placed my seeds into the middle of a folded paper towel, soaked in water and placed in a ziplock bag. These bags were then placed into the airing cupboard and left alone for a week. After that time, they had tiny white shoots just emerging from the seed.

Using tweezers, I sowed them and now have seedlings about 3/4 inch high. The habanero were the slowest to emerge but they are renowned for taking their time anyhow 

Overwintered some Basket of Fire chilli on my windowsill and they're managing really well; definitely the best chilli so far I have done this with.And they pack a punch, "big attitude" in a small pod!


Your favourite tomato varieties

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 15:41

My Tomato Oscars....

Cooking Tomato- Still "Roma" for me- A robust and tolerant plant that almost always produces a good yield.

Cherry Tomato- I have two choices grown for taste and performance

  1. "Sweet Million"- Does what is says on the tin- Reliable plant that produces a large amount of very tasty sweet cherry tomatoes! Ideal for summer salads
  2. "Minibel" - Still relatively unknown- a compact dwarf heirloom determinate plant. Only grows to around 14 inches; very little support needed. Produces a huge amount of large size cherry tomatoes (often around an inch wide). Hardy and hassle free, great for gardeners with little space or time.

Normal/Medium Tomato- a really difficult decision. For the UK Climate if growing outdoors my top two types are:

1) Siberian- A reliable plant that does well in our climate as more cold and damp resistant- produces a good yield of toms and is early as well. Can't fault really!

2) Moneymaker- the old 1970's star still performs great! 



Posted: 26/08/2014 at 18:35

A mixed bag with my toms this year; some good and bad.

My Cherry toms all flying along fine outdoors- sweet million are pretty reliable.

My plum roma toms (outdoors) have a lot of fruit on them but are slow to ripen; I think I may have to finish ripening off indoors.....

Gardeners delight in the greenhouse pretty standard- have adopted a resident frog in there as well so not all bad. Free slug control 

Chilli peppers

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 18:25


Always good if you have a chilli surplus; they are so versatile! Taste lovely & great nasal clearing powers if you have a cold. Too much and they are a cure for constipation as well (!) 

I have grown Habanero, Jalepeno, and birds eye chilli pepper for quite a while and they all freeze great- I just chop them into pieces beforehand and shove in a freezer bag.

"Long" chill peppers also dry well; Make a chilli Ristra! Edible and decoration!

Pick them with the stalk still on, and then sew cotton through the stalk and tie. Tie the individual chilli onto a main stem and hang to dry in a warm dry place.

I am growing "basket of fire" for the first time this year & the plants are amazing- easily grown as a pot plant and they are smothered in chilli peppers- small but made up for in quantity.

Fingers crossed for some September sunshine- My roma toms need to ripen (!) 

What cucumber are people growing this year?

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 14:10

Marketmore does seem to be far the most popular

I grew it a couple of years ago but wasnt overly impressed by the taste- I may have left the fruits too long before harvesting. Since then I try to harvest fruits when they reach about 5 inches.

Scroggin- C/Lemon sounds interesting! Any pro/cons/recommendations? I have never grown it- I may see if I can start a few; sure they will catch up!

What cucumber are people growing this year?

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 18:07

Hi All,


What cucumber are people growing this year?

I am trying space master this season- a small plant that only grows to around 2 ft; will be interesting to see how it holds up! Apparently it's meant to do quite well in a growbag!


Posted: 09/04/2014 at 18:01


I can certainly sympathise with you Barney! I have horse grazing fields at the back which are just a bloody haven for moths and butterfly 

I tried everything; nets, companion planting, sour milk on the eggs, organic insecticides such as Dipel based on bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis). Even daily caterpillar squish patrols....None worked. I no longer attempt to grow brassicas!

Still- it left me with more space for others such as toms, courgette, beans etc so I cant moan. And the fields also provide lots of bees so that's another positive.

Best advice- look around your area and see what others are growing; if the only way to keep your cabbage alive is by using expensive chemical pesticides then is it worth it? Use the space to grow something else?

Best of luck in the butterfly battle!



Fruit and veg growing

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 13:12


You can grow runner beans very well In containers, although dwarf varieties are much better suited for this. I have grown Hestia dwarf runner beans in cheap sacks from poundland and they have been wonderful. I have actually stopped growing climbing beans altogether- no expensive canes, earlier crops and just as much vigour. Just like the water but good mulch will help water retention. I planted 4 plants per bag.


Minibel tomatoes also another understated product. They can be grown in empty 4 pints milk containers!


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