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Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:42
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Patience is a vitrtue

Posess it if you can,

Seldom found in women

Never found in man!

John H


Always found in women

but never in a man!!!

I only said what my Gran used to say: I didn't say if it was right or wrong

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:47

Evenin all: had a very busy day today: did some watering early on, picked some courgettes, lettuces and rocket. Did a BBQ this evening for Daughter, SIL, and 2 G/Daughters + SIL's parents. Made Gordon Ramsay's sticky pork ribs, my home made burgers with Gruyere cheese in middle, Gluten free sausages, Piece of topside beef marinaded in Teriyaki marinade and cooked on the BBQ rotisserie, then potato & turnip patties with fresh herbs from garden . Made some fresh coleslaw with carrots, onion, white cabbage, sweet peppers, sultanas, Jazz apple, Creme Fraiche, mayo plus juice & zest of a lime (delicious). Then made a salad with baby toms, Lollo Rossa lettuce, cucumber & fresh wild rocket. In all a very pleasant evening sitting in the garden in the sunshine until 8.30.

Pic taken by OH


Tired now so going to bed!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 22:16

Hi Deano, I see you have a cage over the brassicas. Haven't done that this year (haven't grown brassicas for a few years now but put a few Brus.sprouts & purple fl broc in this year). Having to go through them 3 times a day and remove the cabbage white B/fly eggs. Said to OH just this evening - going to manufacture some nets for next year. I did try to grow some Durham Early cabbages last year but used a sprayer that had had Roundup in it and even though I washed it out thoroughly 4 times with fresh water the plants all keeled over and died a week later.

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

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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.

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