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Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:53
Deedot wrote (see)

i have never taken all leaves off. Some, yes but not all. Monty said to reduce watering to once a week at this time, that doesn't sound enough. I have reduced my watering to once a day rather than twice. ......

Mine only get watered when the leaves  go a bit limp in the day and they don't perk up in the evening.  Never more than twice a week, sometimes not even once a week.  They're in big pots outside.


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:20

Well, because car is a convertible the windscreen has to be replaced with the top down - although AA man has an awning the wind is getting up and he's worried that he wouldn't be able to secure the awning without parking his van on my lawn!!!  Well, the lawn is in pretty poor condition, what with the drought and the yarrow, but it is not for parking on. 

We decided on a compromise - he did a repair and if the garage I'm taking it to tomorrow to get the suspension fixed don't think it's satisfactory he'll come back and replace the windscreen.  He's done a very good job.  I think we made the right decision - rain is now tipping down. 

Nice young man - telling me all about his new baby boy and the lovely  holiday they had last summer in Cornwall - little boy is just over 3 months  I wonder if he has Cornish roots??? 


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:30

Glad to hear that Pat (the feeling better and the sit down)

Steve, not really raining here ................. yet   How long does it take to replace a windscreen?  It's years since I had one done - think it was on one of the minis ...

Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:28

Well done Tootles!!!


Hostafan1 wrote (see)

I met Bob Marley the year before he died.

So did my friend Stevie P!  OMG you might know Stevie P!    Did you have a game of football with him and he cut his leg?  That's Stevie P's story (he has many).  


Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:22

Good morning all   Damp here

Late on board this morning 'cos I couldn't sleep - brain kept going round and round about finding paperwork I'm going to need re Aged Ps etc next week - got to sleep around 2.30 ish - when I got up this morning the first thing I did was go to the study and look for said paperwork - it was all exactly where it was supposed to be   Now it's all in a bag to take when bro and I get together

Windscreen man just phoned - he'll be here to replace windscreen in 10 minutes.  He says he doesn't need a coffee

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 08:04

No, they wouldn't lose all their leaves, but they'd lose the elegance of they way they taper towards the top, bigger leaves and thicker stem lower down, getting narrower, smaller and more elegant towards the top. 

But it's up to you - you've got them now.

Why do you want to prune them back?   Is there a limit on the height they can be?

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:02

Of course you can thin them as described, to prevent them becoming congested.

And yes, of course you can shorten them if you don't mind how they look - as I said they'll look like a pot of sticks .............. or bamboo canes, which is what they are of course.

However, if you want a beautiful plant the best thing to do is to buy a variety of bamboo that will grow to approximately the height you require, so that they don't have to have their heads chopped off.


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 19:56

Fg - gorgeous pic - thanks

Steve - Pa was from a long line of farmers, his grandfather used to breed champion Lincoln Longwools.  In my previous existence I bred Southdowns.  I also had a small herd of dairy goats, mainly pedigree Golden Guernseys  

So yes, I've used that skill on many an occasion, but not with my Social Services hat on - however it's amazing how dropping it into the conversation can make a chap's eyes water and get him to focus on the matter in hand so to speak!

Money tree leaves turning spongy

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 19:39

Well done Clair - that's good going - and thanks for letting us know

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