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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.

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 11:09

10" is on the small side, even for a bush variety. Which varieties do you have, figrat?

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:57

Here's a clearer picture of one the toms in its little pot. It's perfectly happy and will go into the ground later this week.

The three lowest wee branches will come off leaving only the canopy and it will be planted deeply so that the canopy is almost sitting on the top of the soil. All the buried stem will develop into root structure.


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