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Posted: 01/06/2012 at 09:02

It's always fun getting "volunteers", finding out what they are. If they're hybrids, you get some interesting variations on the parent variety in the first generation.


Posted: 01/06/2012 at 07:34

Yes, that's about the average given the right sowing conditions. Some will germinate in a couple of days. Older seeds can take up to a month.

sweet peppers

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 06:53

Patience will get you everywhere.


help with tomatoes please.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 12:38

Depends if they're determinate (the bush type, the ones that don't grow beyond the fruit) or indeterminate (the ones that keep growing while fruiting). You don't need to pinch out the determinate varieties.

Tomatoes And Herbs

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 07:13

As long as the pH is on the slightly acid side the toms will be fine.

help with tomatoes please.

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 07:12

Another reason to pinch out sideshoots is to free up some room for air to circulate. A mass of foliage and no air circulation are ideal conditions for fungal problems.


Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:32

Just bumping this for Janie to see it and respond.

Seven year old tomato plant

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:23

Good grief. Seven years. I've heard of three years. Toms are perennials usually grown as annuals mainly because weather or disease kill them off during or at the end of their first season. Given ideal conditions - as George obviously has - they could go on as long as any perennial plant, though cropping will dwindle as the plant exhausts itself.


Posted: 29/05/2012 at 07:21

Some nice varieties on offer there, Bob, but the Pinks are a bit limited. There are some glorious Pink toms kicking around like Marianna's Peace. I think it pushes Brandywine for flavour.

It's the time-frame that's the key, I think. The "blacks" - that can produce some striking green shoulders - weren't widely available 40 years ago. They've became fashionable in the last 10-15 years.

A couple of my fanatical grower friends got back to me. They're in the U.S., the home of heirloom tomato fanatics, so their knowledge of what might have been available in the UK at the time is limited, unortunately.

Bob, I think you're on the right track with something like Marmande - even if it isn't the one - because it was more than likely a European vartiety.

Janie, if you're still around, do you remember where the tomato came from? A shop? Someone's garden?

And just to get a better idea of the green shoulders, do you recall it looking anything like this?

Or this?



bolting onions

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 12:41

Then you're suffering a bit less than half the frustration I am!

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