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Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 10:02

I've grown Maskotka a couple of times and was very pleased with them. Like everything else they struggled last summer, but they're a bush-type tomato, easy to grow, with small, tasty fruits. They are suitable for growing in pots and containers, but I just let mine straggle around in a raised bed.I'm planning to grow them again this year.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 16:51

Thanks from me, too, for that link on tomato growing. It looks useful and sensible, and I'm sure I'll be consulting it again soon.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 15/01/2013 at 10:00

I was very disappointed with Tigerella when I tried them last year, but I was growing them out of doors and perhaps Tigeralla were disappointed with the weather! I aslo grew a few Legend (Chili Lover above) but they were a complete failure as they simply didn't mature and ripen (sulking again, I should think)When they do well they're enormous bush tomatoes. Sungold has my vote, and I'm also planning to grow Maskotka (bush cherry tomato) again.

Best tasting cherry tomatoes

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 19:13

I found Sungold at least as good as Gardeners' Delight, and they seemd to resist the blight quite well too.

Completely new to veg growing

Posted: 30/12/2012 at 19:54

I always go for climbing French beans (Cobra), as I think they're much nicer than runner beans, and easy to grow as long as you don't try to start them off too soon. I also grow mange-tout (similar to sugar peas), which are as easy as peas and there's less waste as you eat the whole pod. As you say, they're never cheap to buy, and it's lovely to have them really fresh. Norli are a good variety.

Personally I think onions are a bit of a waste of space as they're generally cheap to buy and the ones you grow taste much the same as the ones you buy. Have you thought of shallots? They're also dead easy, and you end up with something that is not cheap in the shops. You just buy a bag of seed shallots, stick them in the ground, and each one turns into a little bunch of shallots.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 07:55

I saw the thing about the new disease, which was referred to "avian pox". Can't think why they didn't call it "tit pox"! (Will this post be censored, thus proving my point?)

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 17:06

They're in for a big disappointment when they get here (Devon). Our holly tree usually keeps them pecking away for several weeks, but this year it's devoid of berries - the few that did appear have been gobbled up by blackbirds.

Are others having good crops of holly berries or is this a local thing?

Cheap seeds - again!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:33

Chili lover, I've tried Legend a few times. The first time, two years ago, I got some enormous specimens, one weighed over a pound!  But in the last two summers, they've not ripened well at all - I think they need quite a bit of heat. I also found that they are not early, in fact they're later than most others (again, it may be that they need more heat than some). They are supposed to be blight resistant, and were OK the first year, but the blight does eventually get to them. They were expensive seeds, so you've not much to  lose by experimenting with your bargain packet.

We're in south Devon, where the summer it tends to be wetter and cooler than in the east. You might get different results where you are.

Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:25

There was a similar question on GQT on the radio a couple of weeks ago. The panel said don't worry, just enjoy the extra flowering.

Raspberry Canes on Allotment

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 09:56

I suppose laying them at an angle makes it easier for you to lift them out later without too much root disturbance.I think they'd be OK like this for a few weeks or so, but don't hang about too long or the ground may freeze and delay your plans.

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