John Harding

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When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:02
My sweet aperitif are now about 30mm high. I sowed 15 seeds and 14 have germinated so I'm pleased with that. They are in an unheated greenhouse though I stood the tray on an electric propagator until they germinated then placed then on the staging unheated so they don't get too leggy. Other tomatoes are doing well - red alert, country taste, sub arctic plenty- all between 4 & 8 inches tall at present and very healthy looking plants.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:32

A couple of pics of an evergreen clematis currently in flower


 Camera: Panasonic TZ40

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:04

Yes, rain held off all morning and started just as we got back to the car.

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:24

Went for a walk with Eileen this morning to Chill Wood, Iron Acton, Sth Glos. We have lived 5 miles from here for nearly 50 years and this was 1st visit. Some pics follow:







The river in the above pics is the Frome: rises in Old Sodbury and flows into the Bristol City Docks

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 10:10

Checked my Sweet Aperitif this morning and they have germinated & are about 1/2" through the compost - that's just 8 days. They're sitting in a seed tray on the base of a small electric propagator.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:16

I have just bought a new variety of super sweet cherry toms seed called sweet aperitif.  I sowed the seed on Saturday last. Saw them advertised in last Sunday week's Times and thought I'd give them a try. Said to be the world's sweetest tomato - time will tell but I have sown seed as late as May before now and it's surprising how quickly they catch up. Sweet Aperitif are supposed to be OK for outdoors as well as in the Greenhouse. (I'll try both & see how they do). John H 

Repotted cucumbers looking limp

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:05

Keep it in a light & warm place but not in direct sunlight until the root system has recovered. If it's in direct sun the transpiration will suck out more moisture than the roots can replace hence they tend to flop. I had the same with some Lollo Rossa lettuces yesterday: pricked them out and watered them, then got distracted and left them in a sunny spot for a couple of hours. They looked very sorry for themselves, put them down in a shady spot and an hour or so later they had picked up ok.


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:05

I grew lupins from seed last year and they were quite successful. This is their second year and they are growing very well. OK, it hasn't been very cold this past winter though the rain was as bad as its been everywhere else, save that we are quite high up in East Bristol so we didn't get floods. Have added a pic of our lupins as they were at 7.30 this evening. They haven't suffered and slug or snail damage as yet so are looking pretty healthy: having said that though I shall now need to make up some garlic water to deter them




Posted: 11/04/2014 at 18:53
KEF wrote (see)

John lovely garden. Is that a potato barrel I spot ?


Yes, it's one of 5 potato barrels I'm using this year, 2 planted with 3 Vales Emerald in each, 2 planted with 3 Swift in each and 1 planted with 3 Duke of York.



Posted: 11/04/2014 at 14:36

Have been out in the garden & pottering in the GH today - lovely sunny day here in Bristol. The blossom is over on the Peach & Apricot trees but now the Conference Pear & Cherry are in full bloom (Pics added below).

Have bought some netting for the Brassicas this year as they were decimated by Cabbage White caterpillars last year despite hand picking religiously (I don't want to use chemicals so netting has to be the answer). I set Brussels Sprouts, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Hispi Cabbage and Borecole in their allocated bed this morning, went and sat down for a salad lunch at 12.30 and 2 Cabbage White butterflies flitted across the lawn - they're about early this year! - so the netting went up straight after lunch. For Interest the netting & Frame (approx 1.4 metres square) was from Knowle Nets in Dorset and cost was £72.00 inc Vat & delivery.

See pics below





 Last pic is a Japanese Maple 'Purpurea' we bought a few years ago from a Daily Telegraph offer. It's the best its ever been this year.

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