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best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:36

Cuore di Bue (it literally means Ox Heart) is a very popular tom here in Italy. I swapped some tom seedlings with my greengrocer, Marco, who grows his own. He gave me a Cuore di Bue plant grown from his own saved seeds. Crossed seeds in this case, unfortunately. The plant produced a couple of Ox Hearts and a lot of smaller variations. Not bad flavour, though.

Which Costoluto is it, Maud? C. Genovese and C. Fiorentino are the two main ones. They're both heavily ribbed. In fact Costoluto means just that, ribbed.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:37

The air circulation is good anti-fungal problem procedure. I'd close the windows at night, too, to keep up the temperature. At this time of the season a fungal infection isn't going to do any long-term damage because there isn't a long-term. So to speak.

Tomato Ripening

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 15:19

Bob, toms don't need direct sunshine to ripen. It's all about temperature. Low-20s and above is optimum. The lower you go, the longer it takes.

Wisteria

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 12:31

Spring and autumn are the usual planting times. I've had success with both. It depends how well developed your cuttings are.

potato blight

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 08:18

Answered you in the other forum.

blight

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 08:00

If you've had Late Blight, the spores can fall from the plant to the soil but the spores don't live on in the soil once you've removed and destroyed any affected plants (and potatoes). Leaving infected plants or potatoes lying around can result in reinfection.

If Late Blight strikes again next season it will be a new infection. The spores arrive through the air, travelling on the breeze. If you want to be doubly tripley sure, you can remove and replace the top couple of inches of soil.

Asparagus

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 11:12

That's a shame. Not even room for a couple of pots?

Asparagus

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 10:30

Crowns are planted in the ground between a foot and 18" apart, about the same between rows. I've seen asparagus grown in containers but you need pretty decent sized pots to accommodate the roots. I'd reckon one crown per 2'x2' (width x depth) pot would probably work. Make sure the pots have plenty of drainage holes. You'd need a top quality potting mix with plenty of extra organic material mixed in. The key to asparagus is caring for the roots.

Talkback: Tomato blight

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 07:24

Some varieties, particularly cherries, are prone to splitting. They have very thin skins. Sungold F1 is a famous example. Beyond that, splitting is usually related to excess moisture. It will often happen after sudden heavy rain. In simple terms, the sudden excess of moisture causes a growth spurt in the tomato but its skin is unprepared for it. Something has to give, and it's the skin. It's like putting on a tight pair of jeans, breathing out, and popping the top button. I speak from experience.

Simple overwatering can also cause it.

best flavoured tomatoes

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 20:28

Did you bag the flowers before they opened, Maud? Or do you not have other varieties nearby?

I think I might have a shower too. On my wife's orders.

 

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