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Posted: 19/08/2013 at 09:57

Zombie, I harvest when they're firm with just the very slightest hint of give. Bear in mind the tom will continue to ripen - and soften - after harvesting. Don't leave it too long.

Verdun, I only grew Sungold once. Too sweet for my liking. And they tend to split if you leave them on the plant to full maturity. The only cherry I ever grow is an heirloom called Camp Joy. It's also known as Chadwick's Cherry. Will grow into a massive plant if you let it, produces tons of delicious red cherries. Send me a PM with address, etc, and I'll send you some seeds.

Here's my Camp Joy in the ground at the moment:

Mmmm. Those photos are distorted. The cherries look like a plum variety. They're cherries.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 12:59

Colin, you can hunt them down, checking carefully on both sides of the leaves and all around the stems and branches. At night, with a torch, is best.

Or, if you want to, you can spray against them with any of the Bacillus thuringiensis-based products. DiPel is probably the best known. It's organic, a bacteria extracted from soil, and harmless to everything except caterpillars. It's not a contact spray so you don't need to hit the critters to wipe them out.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 11:21

Sounds right. The evidence will be inside the tom if so.


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:38

mirabelle, here's a useful guide to pruning blueberries that I work from. Hasn't let me down yet.

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:35

Good advice from Bob, ladybutternut. You can also use a tomato fertiliser. Good tom fertilisers are low in nitrogen, high in potassium. You just have to check the NPK figures on the label prior to purchase. Some tom fertilisers overdo the nitrogen.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 15:49

Neil, you're better off using year-old wood. I tried it last year and it worked. I did mine in February, from memory.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:48

You can store them anywhere cool and dry. You dry the tops if you're going to plait them. Otherwise don't cut the tops too close to the onion itself or you can risk disease.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 13:44

If a hybrid variety, there shouldn't be much variation in size or shape if any at all. Heirloom varieties will often produce different sizes, and, very very occasionally, even a different colour as a colour gene mutates.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 07:50

I don't use Miracle Grow so don't know it. What's the NPK figure on the packet? If the N figure - nitrogen - is high, it could explain all the foliage and no flowers. Nitrogen encourages leaf growth at the expense of flowers. I find a dedicated rose fertiliser has the right NPK balance for jasmine.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 15:23

I haven't grown Tumbling Toms so I don't know whether they're a naturally thick-skinned variety. Others will certainly know. Some varieties just are. It's in their genes.

Toms can also thicken their skins in warm weather, particularly if moisture has been lacking. It's their way of preserving moisture.

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