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Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 07:56

Enjoy eating them when they appear Sam  

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 07:52

Morning all/afties Pat - hope you're taking it easy today. You're coming up for 28 remember...

Hope your first day goes well Clari 

Just watching the breakfast news earlier on beeb 1 and our main ribbon supplier was on. It reminded me of a phone conversation my colleague last week with them. The red that we used has the name 'passion'......

L - 'can you tell me if the ribbon's been dispatched?

Cole - yes , most of it'

L - 'what's missing? It's passion I'm desperate for......'

It took her a few seconds to realise why we were all laughing. 

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:54

Yes - something to create enough warmth at night, and protection from any cold winds. They'll be fine - they will just probably stall a little, but once it warms up they'll come away again   

If you have a more suitable spot somewhere in your garden - plant them in big pots there next year, rather than in the ground where they are at the moment.

Leave them undercover a bit longer next time though   

Scented annuals please

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:45


not annuals - but better than that!

Last edited: 15 May 2017 22:45:43

Young clematis

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 22:43

Bear in mind too that clematis take several years to become mature plants. Hope you've got plenty of room between those two andreatb! 

Group 3 clems should always be pruned right back in late winter/early spring to encourage the new growth which carries the flowers. Group 1 and 2 clems are slightly different, needing minimal or no pruning  - just tidying, so it's more important to tie in and position new growth from a young age to achieve good coverage. Always try and find out which type you have so that you can give it the best care  

Etoile Violette as a young plant in July 2013, in a pot to grow on

the same plant in July 2016 - now in it's permanent home

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:28

And doesn't watching the  birds make a pleasant change from all the depressing news every day! 

We watched a little sparrow being fed by an adult at the last house. They were both quite happy sitting a few feet away on the patio 

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:23

All a learning curve Sam.Don't worry - just try and remember all those things for next time.  

If the ones you have left aren't enough, buy a couple of little plants to bring on. Most GCs and diy stores etc will still have some tomato plants.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:12

I love them -  they flit about constantly at this time of year, although when I was on the hill further down the road last summer, I was treated to loads of the youngsters darting around with some adults, and then  sitting on the deer fence - just chillin'.   

There was around thirty of them at least. I watched them for ages. Happy days 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:01

Glad you had a nice tea GWRS. Ours is baking in the oven - chicken with added veg - mushrooms, toms, peppers etc. 

Lovley when the birds are feeding their little 'uns Dove. The blueys here stop off at the apple treesen route to the feeders. I have had lovely clean blossom! The pippit I saw on the hill the other day had a little mouthful of something, but I couldn't see it taking to their nest. He popped his head up long enough for a few pix though   


Yellowing sweetpeas and bent over at top

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 18:55

If you're growing them that way, they need loads of food and water, and properly tied in as they grow,  but they would have benefited from being pinched out a while ago to make them bushier. They may also have been planted out a bit too soon, and could be suffering from damage by wind. If you bought them as plants at that height, they were probably grown from an autumn sowing and in very protected conditions. They may well not have had a good enough root system to support the amount of top growth. 

You're better feeding the soil well - loads of well rotted manure, especially if your soil is light and free draining. A tomato feed is good, but shouldn't be necessary that early if they're in the right soil. Full sun isn't that good for them either, especially if you get high temps. They don't like that at all. 

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