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Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:34

Good idea. If you grow from seed, start early because chillies take longer to germinate than tomatoes and longer to develop to planting out stage. Otherwise, if you start with seedlings, they need as much light and warmth as possible and don't overfeed or overwater.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 10:56

They're past seedling stage but only just. First one looks desperately in need of sunlight. Second one looks healthy. 

Give them as much sunlight and warmth as you can. Pot them up into something with a bit more room if they develop. Whether you'll get fruit between now and the end of the season is problematic.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 10:51

Stay away from the plum varieties - Roma, San Marzano, etc - to avoid thick skins. Unless you're intending to make sauce, in which case the thicker skins are an advantage.

Sounds from Buddyboy's experience that it's not variety-related. Never grown those varieties so I wouldn't know. In addition to his suggestions, overfertilising can also cause thicker skins.


Tomatoes Disease - Large Brown Marks - Help please

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:45

Betty, very difficult to tell without a photo. As Buddyboy asked, is there any sign of trouble with the plant stems? 

One thing I'd say is that feeding every two days is way too much. Not a good idea to keep the mix permanently damp either. Most diseases will manifest on leaves as well as fruit, some on stems as well as leaves and fruit. If you don't have those sorts of associated symptoms, it could be a case of overdosing with food and water.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:23

My strawbs are in containers on the terrace and I don't have any trouble profiting from runners. Put a container with mix in it next to the mother plants, pin the runners into the mix in the new containers, cut free when appropriate, transplant to their new home when appropriate.


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:56

NG, Shirley is a hybrid variety. Hybrids are bred to produce the same tomato season after season. More likely that there are cultural factors - temperatures, etc.

Tootles - yes, excessive moisture is one of the major causes of splitting. You see it a lot after periods of intense rain. The extra moisture causes the fruit to swell and the skins can't handle the expansion.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 12:56

They look lovely. My plant turned into a bully, taking over the garden, popping up 20 and 30 yards away from the mother plant. Keep an eye on it. 

Problem bamboo

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 10:55

Amateur gardener, any glyphosate will do if you go down that path. Best to paint it onto exposed wood. Stick with the dosage indicated on the container. Don't be tempted to increase the dose on the basis that it will quicken the process. Too strong and the glyphosate will only kill off the growth in the immediate area of the application and not travel any further through the system.

I found digging the best solution with glyphosate as a fall back. Problem is, while the neighbour's plant remains, the invasion will just go on.

Identifying Tomato

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 17:39

They don't look ribbed enough for Marmande but who knows? With quite different shapes coming out of the same packet in successive years there could be crossed seeds involved. 

Fig Brown Turkey

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 17:33

Any balanced fertiliser will do the job.

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