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John Harding

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Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 16:24

Hi Valerie,

Bigolob is quite right. Bananas have to kept at a temperature of below 13°C when they are picked to stop them beginning to ripen. They are kept under refrigeration until they are despatched to the supermarkets etc. At that point thousands of pores in the banana skin open up and the ripening process begins and once started cannot be halted, giving of ethylene gas which is a natural ripening agent. For the banana treatment to work it's best to get green bananas to get the maximum effect as an overipe one has already lost a lot of its power. My tomatoes are not ripening yet but they will, My gran used to say: 

Patience is a vitrtue

Posess it if you can,

Seldom found in women

Never found in man!

John H

unidentified flower

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 16:25

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Posted: 25/07/2013 at 08:30
TinaTurner wrote (see)

John, don't think I could stand the smell this weather!!

You can buy Lion Dung cat repellent on t'internet & other places and you can't smell it even though the cats can. Just Google 'Silent Roar' or 'Lion Dung cat repellent' and a load of suppliers will pop up.

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Posted: 24/07/2013 at 21:09

Sorry! don't know Kernow for "That is Life"

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Posted: 24/07/2013 at 21:02

Cest  la  vie

English forest design for front garden.

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 15:11

Be aware that an Oak or any other tree that will grow large over time will develop a massive root system that will undermine the foundations of any building close by. The root system will be at least as large as the canopy and as the tree grows it will take water from the ground. The rate of transpiration during the summer months can be awesome and loss of underground moisture can cause subsidence to adjacent buildings if they are too close.

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Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:54

Have the email notifications been abandoned now? I haven't had any notifications since Tues. 16th July yet there are plenty of topics current.


Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:23

Jersey soil is very sandy and free draining so if you have a heavy clay soil results will not be the same. Also the climate is generally quite different to UK mainland, overall warmer & milder. Plenty of seaweed available at source too.

broccoli and cauliflower

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:15

Don't be too impatient re the Cauli & Broccoli florets: It will depend on the variety but many sown in spring/early summer one year will not mature until spring next year. In my early days a friend gave me some white flowering broc. plants called 'Nine Star Wonder' by the autmn nothing had showed re florets so I pulled them all out & binned them. Told my friend they were a waste of time & space & he laughed - Why, didn't you realise, he said, they don't mature until April next year, you could have had a brilliant crop! Needless to say I felt a right fool at the time.

Maybe I should have put this response on "The daftest thing you've ever done in the garden" thread. It's certainly up there with the winning contenders!

Bay trees in sunny position this summer

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:05

Bay trees do not like to be wet. We have one 1/2 standard bay in a pot which is doing OK in the sun and we rarely give it any water & even when we do we are very sparing. Watering every day is a clue to the problem + I don't think you need to give plant feed anywhere near that regularly (if at all)

PS, the pot is 12" (30cms) dia, terracotta



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