Green Magpie

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Chemicals Used in Edible Plant Growing

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:44

By the time you get the plants home, plant them, grow them on and harvest them, any chemicals such as insecticide will be long gone. The products that are still available nowadays don't taint the crops for long.

Advice on carrots in containers

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:40

I have started harvesting some of my Nantes now, although I didn't sow them as early as yours. I am also pulling out and composting some of the tiny ones if they're growing too closely together. For eating,  I do the same as raisingirl advises: pull out alternate ones and leave the rest to get bigger.

What is this vegetable?

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 18:37

Looks like some kind of squash to me. I have no idea what variety, or how to tell if it's ripe.

Composting poison

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 15:20

As far as I know, you can compost all sorts of plants that would be poisonous to eat. You're not going to eat the compost, any more than you would eat horse manure or chicken poo, and yet most people will happily use these on food crops.

A bush type sungold?

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 23:06

I know what you mean. It does seem that the very best flavoured tomatoes tend to be cordon types. I adore Sungold and am growing a few as well as some bush tomatoes.

All I can suggest is that you try growing one or two as if they were bush varieties and see what happens. My daughter did this with some Gardeners' Delight (through ignorance and laziness rather than on purpose) and they cropped really well.

Pruning Tomatos?

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 22:18

I take off some of the lower leaves when the plants get big, mainly to allow air to circulate and slow down the spread of any blight. Towards the end of the season I often take off most or all of the leaves if they're not looking good, and the tomatoes go on ripening.

Moneymaker is well known variety, and yes it's an indeterminate (cordon) variety,  but "F1 hybrids" are not a variety, it's a term used for a plant that is cross-bred from two different parent plants. Take another look at the seed packet, there will be another name for the variety. F1s are often superior varieties, but more expensive, so you only get a few seeds in a packet.

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:08

Progress report: my tomato plants have survived the shock of the cold winds. Some of the lower leaves are faded and discoloured, but they are putting on new growth and enjoying the warmer weather now.

Multi Purpose Compost for Toms and Herbs?

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 21:06

Don't overfeed herbs - most of them like poor, well drained soil. Add some sand or grit if you can, but don't give them chicken pellets, they won't thank you for it.

Tomatoes will be fine in that compost for a while. When they start to set fruit, you can give them a high potassium feed, such as a bottled tomato feed. 

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 18:27

I have put a sort of fleece curtain round three sides of a group of 4 Sungold, which looked a bit sad. The other 4 are Losetto, which look kind of OK, so I'm just hoping it warms up again soon.

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 23:29

I have made a similar mistake and put my tomatoes out because they were too big and leggy to stay in their pots. Then the temperature fell and there were cold winds. The lower leaves of the plants now have brownish-white patches, although the growing shoots and upper leaves look fine.

I am crossing my fingers and reminding myself that tomatoes can be quite tough, but it think tomorrow (if the rain stops for long enough) I may try to rig up some sort of shelter to protect the plants.

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