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Posted: 02/11/2012 at 08:38

Good advice above. The other key is not to add any fresh fertiliser. A bed fertilised the season before is ideal.

Talkback: How to ripen tomatoes on the vine

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 07:26

Given time the green toms will ripen, but temperature is the key, not hanging them in a frost-free shed. If the temp in the shed is in single figures, the green toms will never ripen.

I've now, finally, been able to watch the video. I don't know how. Suddenly it plays when before it wouldn't. I think the video peddles old wives' tales. Tomatoes already on their way to ripening are getting next to nothing from the plant anyway. The plant's job is already done. The plant will be of no use to green tomatoes because it will be dead within three or four days.

Temperature is the key to ripening.


Posted: 29/10/2012 at 07:20

Most good sites give you information on varieties, sizes and expected time to maturity. I use T&M.

collecting and storing seeds

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 08:41

Good advice from Welshonion. The vast majority - or just about all - of domestic sweetcorn and beetroot are hybrid varieties that won't produce true to type. Bought seeds will last a good few years, stick with them for best results.


Posted: 27/10/2012 at 09:20

Pumpkin and squash need pretty decent spells of warm weather in the mid-20s at least. How long they take to maturity depends on the variety, obviously, but even the smaller ones need around 90 days.


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 09:53

Celeriac needs plenty of warmth as well as water. It's hard to develop bulbs in cooler climates. I had the opposite problem here in central Italy. Just too dang hot.

Fothy, you can harvest when you get a bulb of worthwhile size, and size will depend on the temperatures you get.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 07:28

To get botanical for a bit, what are commonly called passionfruit vines and passion flower vines are related. The genus is Passiflora, commonly called Passion Flower, and there are goodness knows how many species, one of which is the delicious passionfruit. 

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 10:39

It won't hurt but the most important thing for the next few months is warmth and light.

Talkback: Storing carrots

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 09:08

I've stored them layered in a box with ever-so-slightly damp sand or soil. The key is not to let them dry out. I was also told not to wash them before storage.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 13/10/2012 at 07:26

No, quirkyboy has a passion fruit. Passion flower is a lovely flowering vine. I had to dig mine out in the end because it was invasive, taking over the entire property.

quirkyboy, they're growable from saved seed but if the parent fruit is a hybrid variety the result might not be true to type. I think all you can do is give them as much warmth and light as possible and hope for the best.

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