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Horse Manure - When to Use

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 21:00

Hi ! what about tomato beds in greenhouse ? do I put manure in them when I pull my tom plants (oct'ish) or wait till spring or not , soz to butt in . cheers

do i need to nip sideshoots on baby toms ?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 19:05




 Just wondering if i should nip out the sideshoots on my baby toms(g.delight/sungold)planted from seed 27 feb on window sill waiting to go in the ground in g/house,growing like crazy over 1ft high,weather forecast frost here in s.yorks,so holdin back, but getting too big now, wadda ya think ? thx

Toms too early ?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 22:24

Another question about toms, as I said i'm growing sungold,gardeners delight,marmande and some Spanish ones brought back from holiday in spain ,will they need the side shoots pinching out ?last year I grew san marzano and had to remove side shoots but are these other type bush toms , how will I know ? thx

Toms too early ?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:20

 I know ! I will give lot's away though. last year (my first on the allotment) I grew about 20 courgette plants ! none this year can't stand em now

Toms too early ?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 20:03

Thx all, I think i'll put a few in the greenhouse and pot them all on although there's not too many roots showing through the drainage holes, I've got about 30 plants so can afford to lose a few (got carried away again) thx again p.s i'm in south yorks steve 309

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

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