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The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 12:30

Six weeks? Crikey, they've done mighty well. If you're stuck with 20 litre pots I'd put the plants into the bottom of the empty pot and fill in the mix around them to the top. Can make staking a bit tricky - you don't want to skewer the root ball with the end of a stake - so maybe insert the stake at the same time as you insert the plants.

Best of, um, British with the real estate!

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 10:43

It's a bit of both. They're very mature seedlings and very lanky. How old are they?

Even 4C won't damage them. Frost would. Have they lived all their lives inside? If so, they're going to need to be hardened off. If they were mine, and if they'd been hardened off, I'd plant them out now regardless.

If they haven't been hardened off, I'd stick them in the coldframe for both natural light and the beginning of the hardening off process. Then get them into their permanent home ASAP.

20 litre pots? I'd go a bit bigger. And look for depth in the pots to (a) let you bury them as deeply as possible, and (b) provide a stable base for stakes.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 21:11

They need to be planted out, Bf, they're just going to get lankier and lankier. 7C overnight will not hurt them. 

You're going to have to bury them very deeply after taking off the branches and foliage up to the canopy. Take off any flower buds, too. Plenty more will come later. Let the plants put all their energy into establishing themselves for now.

I planted mine out today and took some photos. They will show what I mean about taking off branches and foliage up the canopy. All the stem that is buried will develop into root structure.


cucumber question

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 12:09

Can't beat a nice crunchy cucumber! One thing: better to harvest a bit earlier than later. The more mature they get the coarser they are and the larger the seeds.

Roses with black spot

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 12:07

Yes, collect the fallen infected leaves and destroy or bin them. Don't compost them. 

Roses with black spot

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 08:50

If you're spraying against black spot it has to be preventive - ie, spray before any sign of infection. Same as spraying against any sort of airborne fungal spores. It doesn't guarantee your plant won't be affected but it's about the only defence you have. Plus, of course, good garden housekeeping.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 16:59

Looks like excessive moisture to me. You can let them dry out within reason.

cucumber question

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:37

Could be too much moisture, Kitty. No plant likes permanently damp feet.

clk, most cukes are vines. They will gangle about in all directions because that's what vines do. If they produce lots, that's all that matters. Leaving aside diseases like mildew, to which they can be prone, the vines will gradually run out of steam towards the end of the season and take on an unhealthy appearance.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:17

Warmth is the key.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves from seed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 11:59

If you're worried about the slugs you should probably grow in the greenhouse, violet.

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