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The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 06:58

Ah well, I'd blame the cracking anyway. It shouldn't have got to that state of softness so quickly in normal circumstances. Cracking interferes with the physiology.

The spread on the plant suggests a first generation crossed seed. The first generation usually throws a majority pretty close to the original with a mixture of other shapes/sizes reflecting whatever tom crossed with it. 

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:38

The softness around the top is the result of the cracking, Joe. The lower half looks like it should be all right. And it's definitely not a plum. It's trying to be a heart-shape which suggests you have a crossed seed.

my garlic is very small

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 07:52

Yes, plant only the fattest, healthiest cloves. Seed garlic is best. 

Moving Asparagus

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 18:19

 My idiot of a West Highland White pup is fenced off from the vegies because I know she'd try to do exactly the same thing. When I take her to the vet I refer to her as "La cretina" (the idiot). My day was made on our last visit. The vet saw the dog and beamed, "La cretina!".


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:46

Longshanks, I assume they're indeterminates? What size pots are they in?

Apart from that, if you want to move them, dig holes in your raised bed. Replace the soil from the holes with fresh soil/potting mix/whatever. Slide the plants out of the pots trying not to disturb the roots too much. Slip them into the fresh soil in the holes, tamp down well to get rid of air pockets, and water well. Sounds like the weather isn't scorching hot but do the work in the early evening anyway. Give the plants overnight to begin their adjustment. 

What has happened 2 my Cucumbers?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:33

Looks like a crossed seed. Two years in a row I planted melons from different packets of commercial seeds. Both years produced end results of obviously crossed seed. There's no real excuse for commercial producers to sell crossed seed. Most of the seed sellers are only re-sellers, packaging seeds bought in bulk from producers. Who, in these cases, have let quality controls slip.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:33

March to November (or even later) is the normal parsnip cycle. If they're too big and woody, maybe consider another variety. There are any number of F1 varieties around that don't bulk up.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 12:11

I suspect it means severely stunted.

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:03

Leave it wherever it's warmest, Joe. A kitchen bench - out of the way, so it doesn't get in the way - is good. The kitchen is usually the warmest room in the house for obvious reasons. Or if you have a cupboard with a boiler in it, put it there. Light is immaterial. It's usually best to rest it on its shoulders to minimise bruising (the equivalent of bed sores, if you like) but keep an eye on it for that reason. Keep an eye on it, rotate it occasionally.

Splitting of this kind is usually caused by a sudden excess of moisture, the excess moisture swelling the fruit, the skin unprepared for the sudden stretch. Sudden heavy rain can cause it.

The Purple Ukranian scandal! (tomato related!)

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 07:03

Take it inside, Joe, you're only risking infection. The banana theory is popular, based on the banana producing ethylene gas that will hasten the ripening of the tom. It's the gas the suppliers use to ripen green supermarket toms in a hurry. It ripens them in terms of turning them red but it doesn't mature them, hence supermarket toms being red but immature inside. Toms produce enough of their own ethylene, let it ripen at its own pace, on the inside and outside.

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