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Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 07:21

If only it were ... if only it were ...

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:54

Good idea, Fairygirl, but you'd have to keep the thread towards the top. Otherwise people will miss it and post individual threads as happens now.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 21:41

Pfffffffffffft. Call that a day's work?  

Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:01

Yep, varieties would help. Some produce flowers (hence fruit) on branches off the stem, some produce them on the stem itself. You can generally tell by the miniature growths that will eventually become flowers.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 06:40

Yes, I gather that. Though it has taken a long time to turn up this year. We've had the coldest, wettest spring in decades. What are you doing up so early?

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 06:37

KEF, very few things in a garden - vegie or otherwise - like permanently wet roots. About the only veg I can think of - that I've grown anyway - that likes things damp-ish is celeriac. Rocket needs regular watering, too, or it will bolt in warm weather, though the soil shouldn't be permanently damp.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 06:33

Dotty, mine have been in the ground for 5 weeks and the weather has really warmed up recently into the mid-20s. Ideal growing conditions. They've got a lot more growing to do yet.

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 18:17

Dudley, if the bed is full compost it should retain plenty of moisture. One of the benefits of using compost. It might look dry on top but it's probably damp underneath. Test it by sticking a finger deep into the soil.

I grow beetroot here in central Italy where it gets stinking hot and I rarely water every day.

Tree Tomato - any tips?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:45

No, it's from the tomato family but not a tomato. They can grow into pretty big specimens too.

Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 10:38

Dotty, you generally get what you pay for with potting mix. It's worthwhile investing in top quality stuff. The cheaper ones can be rubbish. If the "trough" is as small as you seem to be suggesting that could explain why the mix is drying out so quickly.

Beefsteaks grow into big plants - 6' tall or more - with strong root systems. Put them into decent-sized pots with top quality mix. Given that they need to be staked, you'd need pots at least 35cm deep in order to give the stake sufficient mix to hold it up. Too shallow a pot and the stake won't be stable. A strong wind will blow the stake over, taking the plant with it.

Here are a couple of my beefsteak varieties in the ground. They've been in around 5 weeks and have a lot of growing to do yet.


The first BRANDYWINE OTV fruit:



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