Green Magpie

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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.

A Novice Starting A Compost Heap.

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 20:21

I have two large compost bays, and this works fine.  At the moment, last year's compost (up to late autumn)  is sitting there under a piece of old carpet, while this year's garden waste etc is rapidly accumulating in the other side. I don't turn the whole heap, I just fork in each layer of fresh material and mix it up with the rest a bit. Then in about November I will cover this lot over and leave it for a year, and I'll take out the old stuff and spread it around.

I think if you turn it all more regularly, it rots down faster, but leaving it for a year achieves the same result with less effort.

Isn't it lovely to have a place where you can come and discuss compost with like-minded people, and no one thinks it strange!


Posted: 01/05/2017 at 18:58

Looks more like frost damage to me. Blight typically occurs in warm, damp conditions, not when it's cool and dry.

Potting up theory - why in stages? How does a large pot stress a plant?

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 23:11

I think also that some plants are more liable to rock around and be unstable if they're put into a pot much larger than the rootball. It's easier to plant them firmly in a pot that's not too big.

Frost hit spuds!

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 23:04

This late frost and north wind after fine weather have caught a lot of plants out. My potatoes caught it too, and even the new leaves on the ivy on the top of a wall are blackened with frost. I've never seen frost-damaged ivy before.

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