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What shall i do with this tomato plant?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 14:48

Tee hee Hosta  

Is it one of those bush or tumbling types Rhiannon? Should have asked that before  

Normal practice is to remove lower foliage on the cordon/indeterminate type tomatoes, and also the little sideshoots which appear at the junction between the main stem and the defined branches as the plant grows. If yours is the other type - bush - the care is different I think. I've only ever grown the first type. 

I'm not sure there's a lot you can do, other than carry on as you are, but providing a bit more warmth. If there are no flowers though - you don't get any fruit. Tomatoes have a 'shelf life' - there's a limited amount of time for them to do their thing.

If the basil's happy enough just leave it there, but if you can get it out, you could pot it up on it's own and you'll probably get more out of it before the cold weather kills it off.

It's all part of the learning process anyway - perhaps you could get a couple of plants in spring, and have another go, or buy some seeds and start from scratch.  I'm sure you'd be more successful if you have plants at the right time. You'll get plenty of help here anyway   

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:52

Always pretty at this time of year Pat - Ilove seeing them  

What shall i do with this tomato plant?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:47

Judging by the wet table it's on - I'd guess it's outside Hosta...

Either that, or you need your roof fixed Rhiannon 

If there aren't any flowers or fruits on it yet, I think it could be tricky - even if you get it undercover. Running out of itme now unfortunately. On the plus side - it looks nice and healthy!

Mine are poor this year. The weather's been dire at the important times. Too cold at night for the last 4 or 6 weeks, and they are undercover. 

Last edited: 05 September 2016 12:48:09

Paint colour for this wall?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:44

It also depends on the effect you want to achieve. Looking at the space, I feel you might want a bright colour. I'd personally have soft creams or greens, but that's just me  

I'd make a screen in a toning colour to hide the oil tank first....

A couple of small uplighters on that lovely wall would be nice at night. 

Drought tolerant

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:40

I you want a few structural plants to hide the wall a little, Phormiums and Libertias will provide a good backdrop. You could also have clematis trained along it, so long as you water well in dry spells. Pasqueflowers are a favourite of mine, and very welcome in spring. They would be happy along the edges in front of other small shrubs and plants. Aquilegias will also work there. Don't forget some spring bulbs - always welcome in late winter/early spring when you look out the window  

I'm assuming you want to put the planting directly into the ground now - but have I misunderstood that?

Tulips and bulbs advice ☺️

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 12:32

Just leave your tulips where they are just now. When the foliage has died back, repot with some fresh compost and tuck them somewhere sheltered over winter. Keep them on the dry side if possible - against a house wall or similar. When they start into growth again, you can move them to the position you want them  

You should get a few flowers next year - fingers crossed. Of course, by then you'll be wanting more,  and will have a list the length of your arm by this time next year  

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:18

Know exactly what you mean Joyce - my planting is largely self sufficient as I work full time and have other interests - as you know!  It means I'll eventually have time to mainly potter and footer with the odd thing now and again, rather than feeling pressured into constant pruning, staking and grafting out there. 

Don't think I'll have forty years' worth left though...  

Planting bulbs in acid soil (companion for rhodo)?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:14

The most important thing for most tulips is good drainage. My bog standard red and yellow tulips grow in anything, including wet clay, but the more fussy, fancy varieties we like to grow in our gardens need good soil, good drainage and sun. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:50

Pat - that's a bit too much adventure for one day 

Glad you got back safely.

Dove - watch that knitting as well  

You'll have to join me in a few walks instead. You'll end up with thighs like Linford Christie though....

I managed to annihilate a wood pigeon on the road yesterday Hosta. He had a choice of directions to fly in as there was a car in the outside lane as well...he chose mine...

If he hadn't been so hefty he could have got off the ground quicker...

Tulips and bulbs advice ☺️

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:34

Your tulips were planted too late to flower this year, and in a pot they will do fine even if not planted deeply enough, but the ideal is as Hostafan describes. Leaving them lying around means they won't have had the chance to build themselves up well enough, but they might be ok next year. I'd replant them in fresh compost and a bit deeper than you've had them. Always leave the foliage to die back naturally as that's what feeds the bulb for it's display the following year. You can tuck the pots soemwhere out of sight when flowering's done - that's the handy thing about pots   

Tulips are slightly different from most other bulbs in that they don't continue to thrive year in year out unless you have perfect conditions for them. Many people use them as annuals as they often deteriorate after a couple of years.

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