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The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:52

Crikey, they're giants! 7C overnight won't hurt them at this stage in a cold frame. Mine are outside on the terrace without protection overnight at temps not much higher.

I wouldn't bother potting them up. They're not long away from being planted out and toms don't mind being a bit pot-bound at this stage. Transplanting gives the roots a wee shock which is good for them. It stimulates them.

Advice on Cavolo Nero

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 11:09

I've had crops chugging along nicely covered in snow. Very sturdy stuff. Doesn't come back the next season, though. Bolts as soon as there's any warm weather.

Advice on Cavolo Nero

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 08:16

Cavolo Nero shouldn't need staking. It does best in cooler conditions. It's a late-autumn to winter crop here in Italy where winter gets seriously cold. 

Pea Mould

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 07:00

Peas don't need any fertilising. They create their own nitrogen from the soil.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 07:05

Plenty of them here.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 07:02

To Italy.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 07:01

Move.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 06:55

Forecast is looking pretty good. Same here. We've been getting 20C by day but cold overnight. Last night was 10C. I think I'll wait another week.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:56

Are they spending any time outside in any sunshine during the day? Might be the light but they look a bit on the pale side. 

Pea Mould

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:58

Peas are prone to mildew unfortunately. You can try varieties that claim to be resistant. Doesn't mean they won't get it but (it is claimed) they will cope better if they do get it. It's also a good idea not to plant too close together. Allow plenty of room for air circulation.

I found fewer problems by planting as early as possible. Peas are incredibly sturdy, seedlings especially, and will cope with low temperatures. I've seen less mildew with a bit of chill in the air.

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