Drywsdad


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Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 14:05

I've been sent a second lot of free seeds in the post !

Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 12:08

I emailed T&M with a full explanation on how i sowed my 5 varieties and I got this response;


We would like to apologise for the poor germination you have experienced with the Tomato Super Sweet seeds supplied on the cover of Gardeners’ World Magazine.


Several readers contacted us with the same issue, leading us to carry out testing on the variety. Our seed stock was originally germination tested at the start of 2016, showing a 95% success rate. 


Following your concerns, a sample of bulk seed and Gardener’s World packets were re-tested under laboratory conditions to Ministry/Defra specifications. Again the result was 95%. However, we also tested the seed under “home conditions” in a pot of compost within a poly bag without heat (ie similar to windowsill growing). Oddly, germination across these pots varied between 50 and 66%.  Well below our standards. This has stumped us somewhat, as the results should have been the same as the laboratory test conditions.


Our vegetable expert, who has over 40 years experience in the industry, informs us that he has seen this happen only on a few rare occasions, but we are unable to identify the exact reasons behind this. Rest assured we are investigating the matter further, calling on industry specialists for their thoughts on the matter. 


In the meantime we would like to make up for the poor start with your tomato crops, by supplying you with one packet each of Sweet Aperitif, Sungold and Santonio - all customer favourites and guaranteed garden performers. 


There is still time to sow and grow these seeds for a late summer crop of sweet cherry tomatoes. We are sure that the results will more than make up for your disappointment with the original Super Sweet seeds.


The seeds have come but I will save them for next year to sow 

Bees in compost bin

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 21:14

Bees are squatting in one of our bird houses they seem to be very busy because the front of the box is bursting open, they have also set up home in my compost bin! sadly they don't seem to be interested in my flowers 

Free super 100 tomato seeds

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 09:26

I have sown 5 varieties of tomato this year and great success with 4 the free ones failed - not one single seed germinated! I was worried I'd sown them too deep so a bit relieved others have had a similar experience. I don't think I'll be buying seed from them again in a hurry.


I am a member of Which? magazine and i bought the second highest rated seed compost (B&Q) which i broke my rule and bought because it contains a lot of peat (last year I used peat free and nothing grew)


They were all grown at the same time in sterilised trays then placed in my green house.


Interestingly the No1 rated seed compost was from Thompson & Morgan but it cost a fortune and was only available direct + a delivery fee.


I have sown 5 varieties of tomato this year and great success with 4 the free ones failed - not one single seed germinated! I was worried I'd sown them too deep so a bit relieved others have had a similar experience. I don't think I'll be buying seed from them again in a hurry.

How to preserve grass

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 14:09

If you find a method I think you'll be very rich one day, what would you do with the lawn trophy ?

What's eating my willow ?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 22:39

Thanks Alan

What's eating my willow ?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 17:01


I've removed some of the effected branches what are they and how can i get rid of them before they destroy the tree? The plaid try is in a pot and other wise very happy. I am hoping its not the bugs that stripped my gooseberries last year ??

Progress update

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:39

Thanks @Lyn I must have missed that 

Progress update

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 11:59

Perhaps Farrow and Ball could come up with a colour name or it?


i can't reall get a hang of the pinch and stretch as soon as I let go it it's gone! 

Progress update

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 22:54

I'm pinching sliding  and not hing happens for me on my iPad 

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