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Tomato Ripening

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 08:07

Temperature is the key to ripening tomatoes. They don't need direct sunlight. That's why they will ripen inside on a kitchen bench. Optimum temperature is anything above low-20sC. The lower the temp, the longer ripening will take.

Victor - if you're asking in terms of ripening your toms, see above. Reflected light won't help the ripening process. To retain warmth when the weather cools down you'd be better off insulating the greenhouse somehow.

 

Aubergines

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 07:55

Aubergines are like tomatoes, chillies, etc, in that technically they are perennials but are grown as annuals. Mainly because, in cooler climates, winter kills them off. A cold frame wouldn't keep them warm enough. You'd need at least a heated greenhouse. I know people who have overwintered them but in a warm climate. The results were mixed.

When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:58

Okay. Bear in mind that, grown from seed, they're usually a year behind planted crowns.

When to plant out rhubarb?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 08:08

Late autumn or early spring. Prep the bed well with lots of nice rich organic material.

New gardener rose question

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 07:01

It's down to luck in terms of the combination of the fungal spores being around in damp or humid conditions. Given those conditions, odds are you'll finish up with it. As I said, it's about the most common rose fungal problem.

Passion Fruit Vine

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 08:52

Ah, they're babies. Providing they're in a decent potting mix I wouldn't feed them at all yet. The roots are still vulnerable and you could burn them. I wouldn't overwater them either. Like any seedling they just need as much light and warmth as they can get.

Digging problem

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 17:17

Or a crowbar.

Autumn Fruiting Raspberries

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:53

That's what I was thinking. Odd that the difference in Mary's patch is that small intersecting area, though.

New site - bugs

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:07

There have been problems down there for a while, geoff. A few weeks ago, when I was trying to find a work around for the email problem, you couldn't save any changes. There was an error message saying to try again.

Still, I got an email notification of your post. Something's working. Some of the time.

green manure and crop rotation from strawberries to tomatoes

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 06:58

To be honest, I wouldn't plant a green manure in a bed destined for tomatoes. Nitrogen is really the least of a tomato plant's requirements. An abundance of it will encourage foliage growth at the expense of flowers and fruit. I'd just dig in manure - if you have access to any - and lots of compost.

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