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Toms too early ?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 18:26


I planted my tom seeds (sungold/gardeners delight) on the 27th feb and had them on the windowsill.I realise this was a bit early, just a bit worried after reading a few articles regarding the plants getting 'leggy' or' pot bound' anyway I've posted photos any advice would be welcome eg-do they need potting on ? eventually they are going in the ground in the greenhouse. cheers

is it too early to put them in the greenhouse(unheated)

 do you think they look a bit droopy, photos took on 31st march.



Posted: 11/09/2013 at 08:37

spoke too soon ! italophile you jinxed me



Posted: 06/09/2013 at 19:11

by the way i didn't get any blossom end rot at all , just lucky i guess . i did follow italophile's advice on watering and feeding, plus it was a pretty good summer ye ?


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 19:05

I got a bit carried away with san marzano this year my first on the allotment,grew about 30 plants! ended up with16(8 in the g/house 8 outdoors) gave the others away,i grew them cos they are best toms for italian tom sauces according to top chefs. anyway here's another pic of my first pickings cooked them today made a simple tom sauce : s m toms,onion,garlic,basil,salt,pepper a bit of sugar braised in evooil served with pasta and parmesan..bellissimo! i would like some advice for next year(italophile)about how to prepare the soil for g/house growing (not in pots) do i dig in manure/compost/chicken manure pellets or whatever ?thx in advance



what are these on my spud plant ?

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 18:25

jeez ! i bit one in half to have a look ... still here

what are these on my spud plant ?

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:57

Found these growing on my spud plant,don't know what type it is maybe king edward. Are they seeds? why didn't i get any on my other plants?



Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:47

Here's a few pic's of my San Marzanos,the ones in the greenhouse are turning red but there's not many of them,the ones grown outside are still green but lot's of em.My first year so not bad still got a lot to learn,will try different varieties nxt year



Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:42

thx fidget,i asked a few experienced allotmenteers about it and no one new , so i think i'll now claim i grew it as a white cuke experiment might get me some kudo


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:12

mornin all ,someone gave me this cucumber(i think) it's pale yellow , cut a small one in half and it's just like a cuke insde , why is it like this? is it a mutant ?

 also here's my first born ..bless


san marzano toms

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 18:13

oh ok thx , very interesting,so no need to feed them anymore ? or maybe every 2/3 weeks?

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