Latest posts by Jimbolena

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:27

The above look like bush plants..what do you think?

These possibly aren't?

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:25

It might just need water and plenty of it.

I don't remember feeding mine but it gets a ton of water, it lives in shade and is nice and healthy, fruiting already but I'm not doing anything different than you, other than perhaps watering over and above the rain it gets.

Try watering them more, potash feed is also good for them but have never tried that.

it's in a pot since moving house 2 years ago and not found it's way in to the ground yet! lol

Hope this helps a wee bit, sorry I couldn't be more help.

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 20:44
Stuart R says:

What varieties are you growing Jimbolina? If you let a non determinate variety bush, you will get considerably less fruit than growing singly as a cordon! Your plants look very healthy, nice and stalky :)

Last edited: 24 May 2016 20:24:08

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 I'm not 100% sure, I used the seed packet as a marker, of course the water wrecked them so have forgotten. I think there might be a bush variety in there so I'm guessing it'll be obvious when they start growing. I bought the seeds from a local garden centre, they weren't cheap but I do remember thinking, will I get something different or normal, I think I went normal.. gardeners delight, moneymaker and perhaps a yellow cherry which may be the bush?

I'm grateful of the advice on bushing toms, this is my fourth year with a greenhouse so loads to learn.

They were planted really early and I used a compost mix that seems to work very well consistently. The roots are excellent in them, those ones in the small pots were bursting out of their pots. I enjoy seeing that.

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:52

Hey philippa smith2

You're fine!

I wasn't aware of the watering and feeding, that's good to know, thanks.

I'm leaving them in pots so I guess in a pinch they could be moved, thanks for your expertise. I've not been growing long, 45 years old but just started planting.

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 16:10

they should be okay then, I am letting them bush though. Really looking forward to seeing them develop.

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 16:10

I didn't consider grow bags, these plants are staying in pots, they seem to keep their water better.

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 15:04

oh dear!

Tomato Grouping

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:34

90% of the tomato seeds I planted struck and so I ended up with loads of unwanted plants. The poor wee things were getting totally pot bound and suffering.

I decided to put 10 plants on my staging

and 7 on the floor, which I've just pinched out.

What's the recommended distance between plants, I'm going to do nothing to the plants on the staging except top them when they get to the height of the greenhouse, I want them to bush. A little experiment and a little laziness, I don't want to remove the staging.

So the question again, in case it was buried.

What's the spacing for toms please?


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:26

Hey Ladybird4,

Thanks for putting my mind at ease, I had an awful flash of ... oh no .. too late to restart!!

They are looking not too bad, thank you. I have been trying a different strategy with regards to my budget, I'm only a poor cleaner you know, I buy middle of the road compost. 210 litres for £9. It's not awful compost but not the best either. I then put the little fertilizer balls in and some vermiculite and I'm having good success.

The peas in the picture are in my homemade compost, ( Very Proud ) so nothing except some slow release balls have been added, they've really shot up.

It's been a strange year, weatherwise, in Scotland so far. I usually plant my seeds end of March, then we got some sun, then back to cold so nothing was happening with the little plants, until last week and since then, they've really shot up!

Keep shining Mrs Sunshine!

Thanks for your help. 


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 12:52

I've just had a disturbing thought! I've just starting using slow release fertilizers and mixing it in my compost, I use the compost for all my plants, bedding and fruit/veg.

It never even occurred to me that you can't.

Is it okay to use these fertilizers?

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