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Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 08:01

Mandy, if they're outside, give them as much space between plants as you can, try to keep a gap of around 18" between the lowest foliage and the soil, and nip out excess foliage that looks like clumping together and hindering air circulation. Keep the foliage as dry as you can and nip off and destroy any leaves as soon as they show any tell-tale signs of wee spots with dark rings around them.

The common fungal diseases in the domestic tomato garden - eg, Early Blight and SLS - are a hindrance much more than a death sentence. With a helping hand, the plants cope and live their usual lives.

Tomato varieties for outdoors

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 08:52
Mandy-Newbie2013 wrote (see)

What Tomato Varieties do you normally grow outdoors? I had success with Principe Borghese last year, but I know last year was a very good weather year...

 

I have the following free seeds from mags so would be interested to know if you've grown them outdoors (or any other varieties);

Moneymaker

Gardeners delight

Ildi

Red Pear

 

(the cold GH is already allocated to Soldacki, Cuore Di Bue, Sungold, Suncherry premium and Anna Russian & peppers - all from suggestions on here)

I might try and make some sort of blight (rain) shelter for the outdoor toms

Mandy, don't bother with a blight (rain) shelter. Fungal spores travel on the breeze and there's no way of intercepting them. The only way to keep a plant dry outdoors is to enclose it and, in doing so, you reduce air circulation, one of the few natural helping hands against fungal disease.

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 10:57

Tomsk, the lights you mention will help tom seedlings develop providing they're sufficiently close to the seedlings. They provide light and warmth. I sometimes use a couple of desk lamps to raise my seedlings immediately after they've germinated. The lights have to be no more than a couple of inches above the seedlings, raising the lights as the seedlings grow.

 

Tomato Varieties

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 10:52

Supermarket toms, with very very very rare exceptions, are hybrid varieties. Saved seed from hybrid varieties won't grow true to type - that is, you won't get the same fruit again. In simple terms, the hybridised gene pool starts to unravel through successive generations. Ditto, obviously, hybridised seeds growing in the compost heap. You're better off starting from scratch with a variety known to be both tasty and productive.

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 08:30

An excess of nitrogen - either in the soil or added later - is a common cause of leaf development at the expense of the root. Don't overcrowd them, thin out the multiple seedlings that emerge, give them plenty of sun, water very sparingly, and they should pretty much grow themselves.

Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 14:16

The aspirin-as-a-treatment-for-fungal-problems theory has been around for a few years. In short, it's based on the notion that one of the constituent parts of aspirin triggers a tomato plant's inbuilt defences against fungal disease. I've never tried it, the few people I know who did try it said it had no noticeable effect. Give it a try, see what happens.

I just could not wait any longer!!

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 08:24

You're a fiend, bigolob.

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 24/01/2014 at 09:15

Don't know where in central Europe you are but we're in central Italy. Gets mighty cold, if not as cold as where you are.

I kept a potted olive outdoors. I parked it beside my potted fig, under cover - a covered pergola - and against a protected wall. Wrapped both pots tightly in a double layer of bubble wrap and a double layer of fleece over the foliage. You just have to keep an eye on the moisture levels. Use at least tepid water if need be.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 13:08

They sure are. Amongst other things, you can also make Fried Green Tomatoes with them.

A lot of non-Italians find the greenness of the salad tomatoes here off-putting. They add a nice tang in place of the traditional tom taste.

Tomatoes

Posted: 23/01/2014 at 07:29

Tracey, you don't have to delay planting for green toms. Just harvest the fruit early. Here in Italy they're very keen on green toms in their salads. You see a lot of them in greengrocers' shops.

There are also a number of heirloom varieties that are green at maturity - ie, they never turn red.

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