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Deformed beans

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 16:35

The only time I had anything like that - they were more the V-shape than the curly ones - I was told it was a pollination problem. I don't know how true it was.

Carrot Problem

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 15:02

Frazzled how? A bit more fern-like? If so, could be staring to go to seed.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 06:50
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Thank you so much - the builders start work on our roof and soffits tomorrow; I'll warn them that I'm expecting a  package any time now - they can put it somewhere safe for me when they come in to mak their tea and Hobnobs.  

Don't hold your breath. You forget that we're relying on the Italian postal system. Yet to discover technology such as those new-fangled things called aeroplanes, they use mainly tortoises on crutches.

New site - bugs

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 20:24

I just got one too. But not yours. This site's software is flaky. Sometimes the quote option doesn't work, ditto the link option, and enough said about the email notifications.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 20:20

I had about 154. It might have started working again. I got notification of your message. You should await the postman's knock, too. Or his bell. Or however he announces himself.

New site - bugs

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 18:09

Ah well, too good to be true. Email notification has gone down the gurgler again.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 18:08

And it looks like the email notification of posts has gone down the gurgler again. It worked for a couple of hours today. Tst.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 18:07
jo17 wrote (see)

That looks delicious and ... yes i would love to try all 3. How to go about it ?

Plenty of time to work it out before next spring !

Many thanks 


Just send me a Private Message with your name and address. I've sent seeds to a couple of other posters here. Run your mouse over the avatar and you'll see a little blue symbol saying Message. Click on it.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:12

jo, Soldacki and Marianna's Peace are both pink beefsteaks, both Potato Leaf plants, so very similar to Pink Brandywine in many ways. Just less cranky and temperamental. If you can grow PB, you can grow either of these.

There's another one, too, called Brandywine OTV, which is an excellent tomato. It's a pure variety that came about after an accidental cross between a Pink Brandywine and an unknown yellow. A couple of US tom experts saved the seeds, grew them out over five years, and stabilised the variety. So it's a Son (or Daughter) of Pink Brandywine. It's a red beefsteak with orangey shoulders and another Potato Leaf plant.

Here's the only photo I have of a Soldacki. On the kitchen bench, sliced for action:

Delicious meaty tomato with tons of flavour.

You can have seeds for all three if you like.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 14:42

Yes, the authentic Pink Brandywine is a temperamental beast. I don't find them more susceptible to disease but production can be low. They also won't set fruit in any sort of ongoing heat or humidity. I had to grow them as an autumn crop when I was back in Sydney.

Soldacki, a Polish variety, is a rival for PB in terms of taste, as is Marianna's Peace, originally from Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. Soldacki being the more reliable producer of these two but neither as temperamental as PB. PM me if you want seeds for either or both.

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