Latest posts by Leggi

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.

Potato Leaf Tomato

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 17:59
Yeah they are a cordon variety and from what I can gather were grown both outside and in glasshouses.

Welshonion, there seems quite a lot of debate with no definitive answers online, I was really just wondering if anyone on here had a preference either way.

Whats eating my seeds

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 15:27
Many of my own seedlings and seeds have been eaten by mice over the years, I only have a small garden and already have three cats! I find if you can germinate the seeds indoors before moving them outside it decreases the amount of damage they do, however they will still eat young seedlings (especially young succulent things like sunflowers), so you may need to out smart them on that too. Nasturtiums, for example, can just be sown liberally where you want them to grow and the probability is the little fluffy fiends won't eat every seed sown.

Potato Leaf Tomato

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 14:24
For the last few years I've grown Alicante, Gardeners Delight or Money Maker toms but haven't been particularly impressed with the flavour, so this year I've gone for a number of different varieties one of which being Essex Wonder a potato leaf variety which was grown commercially up until the mid 50's. Having read various things online I'm wondering if the plants need to be treated any differently to normal leaf types and if anyone here has any tips on how to grow them? I'd also be interested to hear any views on the potato leaf Vs regular leaf debate.

Barlotto beans - to freeze or not to freeze

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 00:43

I'm very jealous, with the weather being the way it was last Spring we only planted a few. Delicious in soups and casseroles. I haven't done it myself but if you want to I'd suggest podding then freezing before drying (and sharing your growing tips )



Wine making

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:53

You two have started early 

Potato problem

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:50

That's the problem I've found trying to grow potatoes for Christmas, it might help if you can grow them in a greenhouse, but outside I've not had any luck.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 12:39

That's good to know, daytime temps are around 20c with nighttime falling to 13 or so. If they're needing more warmth than that I can bring them in to a small but sunny propagator, or inside of course. 

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