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Strawberries at Christmas ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:55
It depends what you want to use them for really, if they're going to be cooked then I'd freeze them now (or before now as mine have finished already, other varieties might be a bit later). If you want fresh strawbs then greenhouse ones are certainly earlier, although not as early as you want them I'm afraid.

What's wrong with my onions

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:44
A picture would make it easier, but generally the tops flop over when they're about ready to dig up. I hope that's all it is

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:02
I've never really had much luck growing either winter onions or brassicas, I'll certainly be putting plenty of garlic in this autumn though.

I love the idea of growing my own tobacco though

Sweet Bell Peppers

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 22:58
My greenhouse is one that zips open at the front, and like yourself I'm leaving it open all the time, however my thermometer regularly reads over 30 degrees on a sunny day. It really has surprised me how hot they can get.

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:12
Just a quick thread to ask what (if anything) people are planting after having dug their potatoes? We gave over two large spaces to potatoes in the spring and would like to follow on with something rather than leaving the space empty till next year. Any tips on veg to grow for winter would be welcome too

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 00:16
I'm not entirely sure but the Colorado potato beetle is striped, yellow and black I think. I have no idea if they've made their way to France or not though.

Buying Fruit Trees etc. Online

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 15:13
Check the age/size of the plants carefully. A decent garden centre will sell fruit trees that are pretty much ready to fruit either this year, or if too late then next. The cheap trees you see in some supermarkets can be a couple of years away from a decent crop. That's great if you don't mind waiting and want to save pennies but if you want rewards quickly, it's not so good. An awful lot of my fruit bushes are from the mirror gardening website, they've all been good quality and price but I knew they wouldn't produce much in the first growing year. This year however we've had bumper crops of strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants.

What's happened to my tomato?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:51
I find tomatoes absolutely fascinating plants but there is a problem with an awful lot of contradictory advice about how to deal with various problems as well as the general growing care of the plants. Like Dove I only water my toms when they show signs of needing it, I give a feed when the first fruit have set (if they're in fairly poor soil like at my allotment) but haven't yet fed my greenhouse toms as they were potted up in good compost a few weeks ago and really don't look like they need it. That part though is down to personal choice, last year there was a chap on GW who grew his plants in half a normal sized pot of compost, he fed and watered every day and his fruit looked (and apparently tasted) delicious. I don't have the time, expertise or inclination to do that myself though, so I stick with what's worked for me so far and carry on learning.

I will say that there's a whole lot of extremely knowledgeable people on here who are a godsend when Google is of little use, Italophile in particular really knows his stuff and has kindly offered me his advice in the past. I guess we're all on a quest to enjoy that wonderful flavour of homegrown tomatoes and it's lovely to learn about them and read people's tips along the way.

maximising greenhouse space.

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 23:31
My large toms (marmande) will stay in my greenhouse all summer, and I've got peppers growing along one side on the shelves. I also use the space for bringing along all our veg for the allotment, it's only now really that we start to have some extra room, but I'll probably rectify that soon enough

I'm sure if someone offered me a second greenhouse I'd fill it and bemoan the fact I didn't have a third, the same with my endless pots, I still just never have enough

Potato Leaf Tomato

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 23:34
Thanks guys, I'm growing quite a few different types this year, I'm mostly looking for a good salad tomato and cherry. Sticking with the marmande tommies for cooking as they tasted lovely last year.

Btw if anyone wants any Essex Wonder seeds then drop me a message, I'll collect some at the end of the year providing they don't all fail or taste rubbish.
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