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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.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 10:15

Lucy, they're fine in those pots. Mine live in smaller pots than that till they're planted out. A tad pot-bound doesn't hurt them.

They're established seedlings, 4C won't particularly hurt them. You'll have to wait till it's warmer overnight before planting them out, though. Bf (above) goes for 15 litre pots, which is fine. Personally, I'd go a bit bigger.

I can't see anything wrong with that leaf.

Sowing tomatoes cold greenhouse

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:20

Overnight temps of 5C won't particularly hurt established seedlings. Come planting out time, though, they will need closer to double figures in order to develop. Lower the overnight temp, the longer they will take.

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