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best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 12:42
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...Camp Joy... I've not heard of that one, sounds a bit unusual...



 That's probably the more common name. It's also known as Chadwick's Cherry after Alan Chadwick, the English horticulturalist who developed it. It's a red cherry on a large, regular-leaf plant. It should be much better known in the UK than it is.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 07:56

I've tried a lot of cherry varieties over the years. The best I've come across is an English heirloom called Camp Joy, also known as Chadwick's Cherry. If allowed it will grow into a huge plant but it's easy enough to contain. Produces masses of delicious fruit. You'll find it at several UK online seed suppliers.

red onions

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 07:52

How deeply did you plant them, bluejan? Unless you absolutely smothered them they should emerge.

Wilting lavender - help!

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 13:53

Amy, let it soak for half an hour then plant it out. Be very careful with teasing out the roots. Lavender doesn't like having its roots disturbed. It needs to go into very well-drained soil with no chance of the roots becoming waterlogged. If need be, mix some grit into the soil to help drainage. Beyond that, don't overwater it. Lavender thrives in dry conditions.

Tomatoes from seed - potting on

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 10:28

Toms are happy with two transplants in their lives. The first, at first true leaves stage (or even cotyledon stage if you like), into no more than a 3" pot. They can stay in that 3" pot until the second transplant to wherever they're going to spend their lives. It doesn't matter if they end up slightly potbound in the 3" pot. It does them more good than harm.

Planting Tomato

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:46

Excellent idea. A sliding scale based on the ingenuity of the spam.

Planting Tomato

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 11:57

Frank, call me cynical but I think it's just an ad for an electric mower.


Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:19

Nicholas, unless you've got temps of at least 15C daytime and at least 12C overnight you're pretty much wasting your time. Lower temps - within reason - won't necessarily hurt them but their development will be compromised.

1st early Potateo's

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:14

My first Pentland Javelins have just poked their first leaves through the soil after less than two weeks.

Broad beans

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 13:13

Meh, I've got too many other things to eat, Dove. BBs are like peas, beans, etc. They need plenty of water when they're flowering. I planted mine last November and sort of forgot about them. Went to have a look, found tons of flowers but very dry soil. A couple of good soakings and now there are pods all over the place.

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