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Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:25

Yep, I get you. This is my first attempt with cordon toms, in previous years I've only grown maskotka toms - with those all I have to worry about it growing them up high enough to keep the them from trailing on the ground. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:00

Hi Steve,

thanks for that. I'm certain you are right that it is a side shoot. A couple of day without attention and this is what happens. I think I would prefer to cut it off, but was afraid it would harm the plant. 



Posted: 05/06/2014 at 15:40


I have several tomato plants growing this year, two in a grow bag, one in a container and another in the ground as part of an experiment to see which method yields the tallest plant. I know it is a bit trivial but it is a sort of a competition I've got going, my Dad's tomato plants are now about 4 feet high.
Anyway, the plant in the container is one of the shortest plants but has the thickest stem, however this stem has somehow how diverged into two. These two stems are growing out horizontally over the container and have plenty of flowers and are beginning to bear fruit. The weight of the stems alone has caused the main stem to spilt as you can see in the photograph. I'm worried that when the fruit starts to grow that the branches will be pulled off under their own weight. 

I have put a large cane into the container close to the stem as far down as it will go and have screwed a hook into it. Using twine I have suspended the two stems in a more natural position but I fear it is too late. Should I dab the scar with a bit of hormone powder to get it to knit together? Would that even work?

I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions



return of the Beris

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 14:28

What I've been doing with the bindweed is training it up stakes (old twigs or canes) away from plants I do want, and then I am slathering weedkiller on to it. I've yet to see any result but my hope is that the weed killer does do as it says on the tin and kills the roots because despite digging up a great deal of the root only a tiny bit needs to remain for the wretched stuff to get going again. 

return of the Beris

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 09:49


Thank you. I'll do that. The only thing that does seem to go on forever is bind weed.

return of the Beris

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 08:55

Last year I moved house. In the front garden was a rather unprepossessing berberis.

It was a vicious, sprawling thing of no merit whatever so I cut it down. It's roots were too tough to saw through all of them so I left some of it behind and planted a beautiful mahonia in its place which is doing very nicely and is planted round with bluebells and lily of the valley.

Yesterday I was horrified to see new shoots of the berberis coming through the soil.

What can I do prevent further growth?

Snails Eggs

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 18:34

Today I have discovered what I think are snails eggs in the soil around my chrysanthemum (the only one as yet unaffected by insect activity).

If I leave these to hatch will the snail-babies pose a threat to my plants? If so how do I play Herod to these innocents?

Job's Tears Seeds

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 17:10

@ Silver Surfer - thanks very much - that's great.
   I'll have to remember to post a picture of them if they grow!

Job's Tears Seeds

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 14:49

Hi there,

I have been given some Jobs Tears seeds to grow the plants in my garden. However I cannot find anything on the net to tell me how they should be grown.

I've decided to soak half of them in water for a couple of hours before planting out in a sandy seed tray.  Any help or advice will be gratefully received.




What is this grub?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 17:04

that looks like a leather jacket. Have a look at google images to see check.

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