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Posted: 19/05/2013 at 14:34

Well done, forgetmenot. As I keep saying around here, toms don't need mollycoddling.

In fact, my local fruttivendolo - green grocer - grows his own toms. We swap seedlings every year. This year he forgot to save seedlings for me so he dug up four plants that had been in the ground for a couple of weeks. He put them in a plastic bag with the bits of soil that came out of the ground with the plants. Forgot to bring them into the shop to give me for a couple of days. Just left them in the plastic bag with no care, no water.

When I finally got them they were very pale green and limp to the point of looking like wet spaghetti. I wish now that I'd taken a photo to post here. Anyway. No problems. I filled a pot with mix, saturated it, poked all four plants into the mix and left them in the shade for a couple of days. They've bounced back to life and I'll plant them out tomorrow.

Toms are remarkably tough critters.

Celeriac info

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 14:24

They're a challenge to grow. They need plenty of warm weather but very damp soil. I read somewhere once that they had their origins in swamplike conditions. Like Welshonion, I gave up. Apart from never getting a decent sized root, it's simply too hot here in summer for them.


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:56

A hundred plants? Cripes. That would feed an army. They don't need 5' between plants. Crowns are usually planted around 18" apart. I've got seven in the ground that produce more than enough for two of us. Unless you want to invest in some more crowns and dedicate a patch to asparagus - and it's a long-term commitment - follow Bob's good advice.

Watermelon in the UK?

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 07:50

They need pretty much the same conditions as pumpkins. As much sun and warmth as possible. They're a vine so probably difficult to cover appropriately and they would fill up a greenhouse pretty quickly.

Have i been growing a weed? pls help

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 12:06

Jasminoides is the traditional climbing jasmine. It comes in different types but I've never seen one like that. There is a Tree Jasmine which I don't think is any relation.


Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 07:04

Yes, I've done that too when I've had the space. Bend the top closer to horizontal and tie it to the top support wire.

Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:20

Chris, in the past I've taken a foot or so off the top of my canes without any trouble.

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 13:29

Costoluto Fiorentino is a nice tomato. Costoluto means "ribbed" in Italian, Fiorentino basically means "Florentine", or of Florence. Red, medium-sized, slightly flattened beefsteak. Heavily ribbed fruit. It's superior to another "Costoluto", "Genovese".

CF is a famous old Italian variety but I suspect it has been hybridised over the years, unfortunately. It's not as full of flavour as it used to be.

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 12:52

They're all indeterminates, figrat. Bigger pots or into the ground. Is the Fiorentino a Costoluto Fiorentino?

star jasmine

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 11:21

Fortnightly feeding is a lot, Elizabeth. Mine, in a pot like yours, gets a feed in spring and a couple more during the year. They will shed their older leaves. New growth going the same way sounds like more of a problem.

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