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Posted: 18/07/2013 at 07:20

Bob, I think there's a general tendency to overfertilise in the veg garden. Starting with good healthy soil usually means there's sufficient goodness available.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:30

Bf, doesn't matter what the temperature is, the plant will tell you if it needs water. As I say, check them at night after the warmth of the day has passed.

My toms are all in the ground and we're getting temps in the 30sC every day with low-20sC overnight. I water deeply about every four days. Toms don't need pampering. They're very sturdy - tough, even - critters. Mollycoddle them and they won't produce at their best.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:25

Bf, water by whichever means lets you soak the mix without splashing either water or mix up onto the foliage. Don't blast with a hose, for example. Think in terms of a gentle soak, and I stress the word soak.

bigolob, you're right about the watering, but warmer weather shouldn't mean more fertiliser. Overfertilising can be a cause of tomato problems. It bloats the plant, making it susceptible to ailments. Toms in containers shouldn't need fertilsing more than once every three weeks to a month.

Sweet peppers (bell peppers, whatever you want to call them lol)

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:18

George, pepper seeds always take a while to germinate, a lot longer than tomatoes, for example. I've often had to wait for a month or more.

It's also highly likely that the supermarket variety is a hybrid, hence the seeds won't grow true to type anyway.

bay tree

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 07:11

Pamela, the most reliable method is probably using the suckers that grow up from the base of the tree.

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 16:06

Good advice. Even more so for toms planted in the ground. Infrequent very deep watering is the go. It drives the roots deeper into the soil. Frequent shallow watering keeps the roots towards the surface.

Tomato Problem

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:18

Bf, the plant looks absolutely healthy. The weather is warm, it will droop a little. Don't be tempted to increase the watering. Out of interest, what does it look like after the sun goes down? In warm weather, you'll often find plants that droop a little during the day will perk up again after dark.

In fact, that's the best test for water requirements for toms in warm weather, particularly planted in the ground. Don't check them during the day. Check in the cool of the evening. If they're drooping in the cool of the evening, water. If not, don't.


Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:13

That's a bit recent. As I said above, if the soil is decent in the first place, it shouldn't need fertilising. I don't think I've ever fertilised my various beetroot beds.

Tomato experiment

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:09

Judy, what's Monty's experiment? Can you give me some details?

first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 14:06
Bf206 wrote (see)

How often would you water tomatoes in pots? Mine are in 25 litre containers but I've been very wary of over-watering. Possibly too much so! I've only been watering them every few days?

Bf, water when necessary. You can let the mix dry out. Within reason, obviously. Don't leave it bone dry for two or three days. If in doubt, stick your finger deep down the side of the pot into the mix and feel for moisture. On the whole, though, as with everything with toms, less is better. Toms will produce at their best with "controlled neglect".

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