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Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:51

Or possibly grown from cross-pollinated seeds? 

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:48

Fidget - that was a daily occurence in my childhood on the farm, but Pa soon learnt that not only did he have to return the children to a warm kitchen, but Ma would send him back out for the wellies LOL

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 09:43
Bluebaron wrote (see)
By the time you spend all that time and money on treating it maybe just rip it up and seed/turf. It will give you a fresh start and something to move forward with.

I have a very large lawn and have spent about ??400 trying to get it better shape. Although after 18 months it's getting better I can't help feeling that ??1000 spent in the first place would have been the way to go.

I don't think we've recommended anything that isn't part of my usual annual lawn care - even if you re-turf you're going to have to aerate, scarify and treat for weeds and moss each year. 

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 08:14

I'd be scared of being stuck to the lawn!!!   I think you'd need very strong legs for it to work if the spikes were of any length at all !!!

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 08:11

Hi Italophile

As I don't know this tomato I've had a Google and several sites describe it as 'not as dark as  some other 'black' tomatoes, and indeed from the pics on this site  it really doesn't look very black at all.

Boston ivy

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:38

Climbing hydrangeas are self-clinging   They may need a little encouragement in the first couple of years but once they've got the hang of things they'll cling to your wall with no problem.  Lovely plants and loved by little birds like wrens and robins who hop about the branches looking for insects - also provides good nest sites for them.

aerating shoes

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:33

I've not tried them myself  however the reports I've heard of them were not encouraging. 

I think that in order for the spikes to be long enough to be effective they'd make it too hard for you to lift you feet up again.

If you have a bad back I'd be very wary of trying them! 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:26

Fidget ((hugs)) no words!!!

Fishy - thinking of your and yours ((hugs))


Posted: 13/12/2014 at 07:03

Good morning all

Dark and cold here at the moment - only just above freezing outside.  Today has been designated Wrapping Day!

Strange Tomato Affliction

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 06:53

Hi Odis - I've not grown Black from Tula, but I have grown other heirloom beefsteak varieties and many or even most of them are dense and fleshy inside just as your picture.  The size you show looks fine to me - Tula is described as having smallish 3" - 4" fruits. 

I don't know whether Tula is usually a large plant or whether there was a problem with the growth.  When you say the plants were sickly - can you tell us more?  Have you any photos of the leaves and stems?

I wonder if the plant in the pot was too dry - at the roots or even if the atmosphere was too dry and hot for the flowers to set fruit?

Italophile is a regular contnributor here and is very knowledgeable about tomatoes - hopefully he will be along and can shed more light on this for you.

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