John Harding


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Tomatoes with a mind of their own

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 12:10

When growing tomato plants, every year the same thing happens: when the flowers appear on cordon types why is it that the spur always grows from the main stem directly towards the cane I am going to tie the vine back to, so that I am in danger of  damaging the flowering spur as I tie the vine in?


Anyone else notice this or is it just me?

New Greenhouse

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 23:14

You don't say where in the country you are based: different areas have differing types of soil. If the plot has grown raspberries before you should be OK with tomatoes & peppers in the same greenhouse as they are both of the solanum family. Cucumbers in the same greenhouse as Toms is not recommended by many gardeners (though I have to say I have grown cucumbers in my g/house alongside toms for past 2 years with reasonable results). Growing in the soil should be OK for the first year but be aware that after that grow-bags/pots etc will be needed as the soil can accumulate pests & diseases if the same type of plants are grown in the soil year on year but it would be OK if you replace all the GH soil each year and properly clean & disinfect the GH with Jeyes Fluid (or similar) every year whichever style of growing you adopt.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 25/02/2016 at 22:11

Last 2 years I have grown a new very sweet variety with good success 'Sweet Aperitif' by Thompson & Morgan. Last year I added the T&M variety 'Crystal F1' and they were excellent so I am growing both varieties again this year plus a new T&M variety 'Mountain Magic F1' that I am also going to try out this year as the write up about them looks very promising. All will be grown in the greenhouse and a few Mountain Magic outdoors in the garden as a trial. John Harding (Mangotsfield, Bristol)

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:57

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 12:00
Nice cropping David but how did you manage to sharpen up the image from the original?

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 19:17

Hi Fidget, I've tried following your instructions but nothing happens. I think I need to go and do a 1 to 1 session at the Apple store.

Camera Corner

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 12:54
Hi FG,
I'll put a few more pics on soon, I'm mostly using a MacBook Pro these days and as yet have not discovered how to use the pix I have on that to transfer to the forum page so have to boot up the old PC to do them. If anyone knows how to access the photos on a Mac and transfer them to this forum please let me know. John H

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 21:59
Nemasys vine weevil treatment is for open ground as well as for pots. From a small pack you will be able to treat 160 pots or 12 square metres. You can also buy Nemasys Vine Weevil killer in larger packs for larger areas. As said before though it will not be effective below 5*C. You will probably also find that the product is not available now until the Spring of 2016

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 10:41

As 3Ms says above: I really don't like using chemicals but have been plagued with Vine Weevil grubs eating the roots of seedlings. I now use Nemasys Vine Weevil treatment and it has been amazingly effective. The soil needs to be warmer than 5° C though as the nematodes will be inactive below this temp. I give a treatment in the spring as soon as the weather is warm enough and another in the Autumn before it gets too cool. I buy on E-bay mostly - just depends where I find the best prices but expect to pay around £10 for a small pack sufficient to treat 160 pots and follow the instructions exactly.

Camera Corner

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 08:25

Stavanger benefits from the Gulf Stream which enables the owners of the island to do what they do. In the Autumn they dig up all the plants and transfer them to a heated warehouse in Stavanger, then put them all back in the Spring. The island is about 20 mins ride in a jet boat from the main harbour terminal in Stavanger and is run by just 1 family and a couple of volunteers. It's incredible what they have managed to achieve - especially as it was essentially a bare rock less than 50 years ago.

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