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The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 09:37

The one in your hand in the link that works doesn't look plum-shaped. The one behind it looks like it might be. Can you post another photo showing a couple of the fruit in profile?

Moving Asparagus

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 09:30

Early spring is best when they're still mainly dormant. You only planted this year so you should have fewer problems than usual, the root systems won't have developed anything like the complexity mature plants have. I've transplanted mature plants and untangling the root systems can be a bit of a nightmare.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 09:13

Plant size can depend on the variety. 5ft is probably about average for an indeterminate variety. Are yours indoors or outdoors, annmarie? If indoors, the flowers can need help self-pollinating. Give them a flick with your fingers. You can do the same thing outdoors, too. It will help trigger the internal self-pollination process.

If you're feeding them, stop for a while. Fertilising, particularly over-fertilising, can hinder the production of flowers and, therefore, fruit.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 07:16

No problems. Larger-fruited varieties will take a bit longer than smaller ones. The temps should be reasonable in a greenhouse. As a rule of thumb, with reasonable temps, they should take (very roughly) 4 or 5 weeks to ripen from the time they start to change colour from the original dark green.

Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 14:06

They should by now if you've had decent temperatures. Ripening is all about temperature. Anything from the low-20s upwards is optimum. Lower than that, they will take longer. The process starts with them changing from their immature dark green to a lighter and lighter green before the colour kicks in. 

Different varieties also take different times to maturity. What are you growing?

Funky pot of Lavender advice please ..

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 10:52

How old are they, Matt?

Pumpkin problem

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:53

Plus, obviously, you need both male and female flower. Frustratingly, male flowers just about always outnumber females.

Funky pot of Lavender advice please ..

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:49

Take off the flower heads now, wait till new growth starts in early spring, prune down to just above the old wood. 

Potato blight fungicide

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:00

You can always make your own BM. Copper sulphate, hydrated lime, water. Just get the ratios right. 

Potato blight fungicide

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:37

It's one of the great conundrums. Copper is a naturally occurring substance so, technically, it's organic. Yet it's a metal that is known to stay in (well, on top of) the soil so it can build up. Organic growers choose not to use chemicals but use a metal that is known to build up in the soil. And have argued - obviously successfully - that there are no known organic alternatives.

I think the difference for commercial growers is that the authorities have decided they - commercial growers - can be trusted not to poison themselves. Private growers apparently can't. 

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