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I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 19:11

Agreed, nice idea for a thread - thought I replied yesterday but post went crazy!

My first proper summer in this garden,was quite unfocused and tried all sorts of stuff . Goodish year overall, lots of caterpillar problems once it got warm and they ate everything to some extent - cabbages, kale, chillies and tomatoes all got hit. Anyway...

Runner beans - Enorma, done well after lateish start.

French beans - Purple Teepee grew well and prolific, Speedy ok too. Tried Solano - a yellow type, small and disappointing beans.

Carrots - Nandor, my first proper try at carrots and got some nice ones so growing a later crop in deep pots. Will try more next year.

Cabbages - Greyhound, grew very easily and got some big hearts. Will grow again with some netting etc next year.

Tomatoes - good crop - Sungolds prolific but agree bit too sweet for me and split a lot, Torenzo bush type were prolific and tasty. Ferline - good size fruits. Bought a Shirley and Gardeners Delight late on from GC cheap, and those are still fruiting.

Courgettes - didn't have a good year, hit and miss with several types. Think the weather didn't help. Tried  Black Forest climbers with seeds from GW show but think it was a little late - few nice fruits off those.

Garlic - Albigensian Wight - good little crop, tasty cloves.

Cucumbers - Marketmore outdoor type very good as they were last year. Some good Telegraphs in the greenhouse but got mildewy early.

Chillies - all did okay - Numex Twilight and Oruzco Hot Purple particularly (in greenhouse), and will try to overwinter a couple in a propagator this year and have one at least for indoor pot plant. Each year I grow some from my own dried chillies from the year before, and try a few different types. Friars Hat tried this year - unusual looking and did ok.

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 12:21

I have a similar thing with 3  squash plants outdoors - patty pans etc - lots of foliage, lots of flowers but no fruit yet. Think the recent sun and rain mix in the UK has invigorated them, so waiting on fruit progress. Bees seem to be around them a lot so as you say could just be a slowish year and need to be patient.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 12:12

Well I'm getting a lot of fruit - smallish - on some Sungolds outside that I got on offer from GW magazine, and they have multiple trusses. They are mostly straight in the ground. Starting to ripen.

In the greenhouse Ferline has some big fruit yet to ripen, as with Moneymaker and Big Boy. By far the best though are several Torenzos from seed in the greenhouse -  produced probably 50 or 60 ripe so far with many more to come, ripened nice and early. Recommend these and will definitely grow them again next year - but be careful of support as I lost a few 'branches' worth because of the amount of fruit.


Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 09:15

Well I've moved it outside, seems ok. Will see if the fruit issues clear.

Greenhouse has two auto vents and two slatted vents, in an 8 x 6 foot house, so not much more I can do to cool it really. 

Will see how it goes 


Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 15:26

Sorry for delay in replying. Yes I did wonder if it was more sensitive to heat for some reason  - it has been up to 35 degrees or so at times, although the toms have been shaded.

I am tempted to remove it (it is in a bottomless pot on top of a growbag) and try it outside if I can relocate without destroying the roots. Don't want to risk the others getting it too

Thanks for everyone's replies 

Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 17:47

Right here are some images - sorry for the quality, taken on my mobile.

Leaves looking ok - some brown perhaps scorch marks, but some of the 'marks' are actually water splashes reflecting (v bright greenhouse today)


Infected fruit on the vine still, just turning on the right side slightly. Stem looks fine to me (some branches cut off for light)



Large fruit cut open, shows clearly the infected patch and inner going darker near it.


 Doesn't seem to be spreading to any of the others near it - Ferline, Sungold, Torenzo, Moneymaker, Big Boy all appear ok (although the Big Boy near it is taking ages to ripen)

Thanks v. much

Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 16:05

Thanks all,

My wife took a sample to a local garden centre and the person there said it was strange that it was only the skin that was affected, when they cut it open the inside appeared ok.  

Seeds were obtained last year I believe, were the Italian seed range from a garden centre, fairly common range. Last year I recall they didn't grow particularly well either, maybe I should have chucked them on reflection (lesson learned maybe!) 

Will post some more images tonight with a fruit cut open too.




Tomato fruit issue

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 12:07


First post here. I have a greenhouse and generally all is going well. Tomatoes of different varieties with plenty of fruit. However one type - an italian pomodorino sort - has these patches of greyish/brown colour, which are soft to push on compared to the green and they get bigger and worse. Seems a bit like blossom end rot, but not on the end as can be seen. The sample shown is about two inches across - smaller fruit seem ok but this has now appeared on two or three toms. Any ideas what it could be/how to treat it? Leaves appear ok, nothing obviously wrong otherwise with the plant. Thanks





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