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Cayenne Pepper

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 15:15

Cayenne is a variety. I grow them. Lovely and hot.

Carrots.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:53

Depends on the variety, tag. I grow Amsterdam Forcing which are an early-maturing variety and they can take 70 days to maturity. They usually germinate within 10 days.

Carrots need soil that's deep enough to more than accommodate the length of the carrot and free of lumps, pebbles, rocks, etc.

Sowing in Jan-March? I don't sow mine before April here in central Italy. The soil needs to be warm enough for them to germinate.

Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 06:32

That's down to your growing conditions. If you get decent weather you should. A cutting is basically a huge headstart on a second generation of plants. Looked after properly, you should be able to plant out the cutting - as a viable plant - within two or three weeks.

Talkback: How to grow tomato plants from cuttings

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 08:27

If there are flowers on the cutting it's best to nip them off before potting them up (or putting into water). Let the cutting put all its resources into its root development. More flowers will come.

Tomato plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:42

Protect them from what, Jessica? All toms need is as much sunshine and warmth as they can get. Anything in the high teens or low 20s C during the day and teens C overnight is fine. And not too much water or fertiliser. The bottom line with toms is to keep it simple: let the plants do the work. It's in their genes to reproduce - which is to say, produce fruit.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 17:21

That's fungal. Having had a closer look at the leaves closest to the camera in the first photo, there are fungal problems there too. All he can really do is remove the affected leaves and destroy them. The whole plant looks like it could do with some maintenace - trimming, tying up, etc.

Poorly tomato plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 16:47

Leggi, several of the leaves closest to camera look to have symptoms of a fungal problem. Any chance of some closer photos?

Broad Beans Ready

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:07

Greg, bear in mind that the nicest broad beans are the young ones, before they develop the outer shell that quickly toughens up. You can use them without shelling.

Sick Tomato Plant

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 08:03

Yup. And they won't need watering more than every four or five days at those temps. Mine are in the ground outdoors, we're getting temps in the 30s now, and I don't water more than once a week.

When to remove shoots from tomato plants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 07:26

Chris, the secondary stem - or "leader" - has a growing tip at the top. You'll see new growth appearing, including wee flowers, as it continues to develop.

Leaf branches, which grow laterally, don't have growing tips. They just grow laterally and stop. "Suckers", which you can nip out, grow from the intersection of a leader and a leaf branch. "Suckers", if left to grow, usually have a growing tip and will develop into another leader.

Leave the leaf branches attached because the plant needs the foliage for photosynthesis in order to grow.

As the plant develops, though, you can take off the lowest branches to leave a gap of about a foot between the lowest foliage and the soil. This helps against fungal spores splashing from the soil up onto the plant during watering.

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