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Mel Mcbride

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Topless Tomato

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 13:48

 Could be you have a genetic deformity? Do you have any pics you could upload?

Is this the beginning of blossom end rot?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 13:44

Hiya, I just noticed this today. They're at the top of the plant, only two are like it, on the one plant so far.

What I can tell you about them: The toms effected are growing in such a way that rain can hit them and the sun is directly on them, not bouncing off the leaves. We've had no rain in last few days, I water the soil, not leaves.

Ph's all around 6.5. I water same times each day, give or take an hour. A little extra on super hot days, if they dry out. Feed them once a week. Last feed I gave them seaweed instead of tomato feed for the first time. 

I don't know what else to add, that's all I can think of. 



saving veg seed

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:23

Courgettes are easy, just slice open and take them out, dry them off, that's it. Ready to go in the ground now (bit late now tho) or next year.

I don't know about the others except salad, you need to let one bolt (run to seed/go in to flower) In regards to tomatoes, if you just let a few drop onto the ground, you'll usually see at least one plant. This happens usually by accident. I'm not sure how you manually harvest them, re, drying out and what not, but I'm certain youtube will have a video on it for you. (that's how I learnt how to harvest courgette seeds)

If, when and where to use straw?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 17:18

People told me to use straw to keep pumpkins from rotting. I looked online and it seems to be useful for retaining moisture  I don't need this in the root area, I have thick clay, clay sub-beds work brilliant retaining moisture.

But I am worried about the vines. When it rains, you can make footprint in my lawn its that thick and sticky.

At the moment I've propped the pumpkins on plastic doodars, and the vine stems are propped off the ground with strips of polystyrene. They don't look too nice, but they'll do the job. Should I stay as I am, or add straw? Is straw good for keeping dry or wet, or what?



Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:52

I'm spoilt for choice with places it could go. I can't wait! I got to find other plants to occupy my mind or I'll end up buying a grow light and sacrificing the living room lol

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:20

Ebay, 1.99. I'll let you know if they germinate lol  

Maybe I should find another strand n brand before summer, just in case  

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:04

^^ they were in grow bags so it was pretty easy. I don't know what I would have done if they were in the ground. The top half of most of the stems was almost completely back. It was like village of the damned in the poly tunnel that morning 

Potatoes decimated!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 23:01

My courgettes got covered in aphids last week. I got them off with soapy water spray, just blasted them off. The soapy water made it easy to slide them off, running the watering can over them.. I don't have a hose, that would have worked better! I lost a load of leaves.. but made sure I poured boiling water over the whole area, so they definitely didn't survive!

Planting this year after potatoes

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 21:51

I would love to have known you back then! You sound all 'oooph' fed up of it now though The processing part, that's what I wanted to have a go of. I'm imagining myself surrounded in piles of, just mess everywhere, with a teaspoons worth,  that I won't even fancy trying! I just want to play with it really, see it with my own eyes, I virtually live off the stuff  

Thanks for telling me all this. I get so 'bothered' by reading things that tell me one thing, then speak to an actual person and it's the opposite. Not to worry though, I bought tobacco seeds (that I'm unlikely to want to smoke) ready for next year, so they'll have to be seed tin buddies for now ~ Patience is learned isn't it? Definitely doesn't come naturally haha

Growing potatoes in pots

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:41

Potato head, you don't have to cut potatoes back at all. But, if you want to trim them to tame them a bit, they are very hardy and can take a lot of abuse.

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Discussions started by Mel Mcbride

Is this the beginning of blossom end rot?

Tomato pic inside 
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Last Post: 26/07/2014 at 08:27

If, when and where to use straw?

I'm confused ....again 
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Last Post: 19/07/2014 at 19:51

Wild garlic seeds help

Trying not to learn the hard way! :) 
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Last Post: 15/07/2014 at 21:40

What have you learnt this year?

Will you do things differently next year :) 
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Last Post: 10/07/2014 at 14:38

Some questions about Basil

Forcing to seed 
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Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 11:09

Where abouts to cut the leaves on pumpkins?

Possibly the dumbest question ever asked ! 
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Last Post: 02/07/2014 at 15:04

Anyone good with onions?

Seed pods just about to blow! 
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Last Post: 27/06/2014 at 21:12

If I let a bolting spinach run...

Good idea or bad idea? 
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Last Post: 20/06/2014 at 17:07

Help me save my courgettes please!

what is this? 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 16:21

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Are seed mix-ups normal in the gardening world? 
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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 22:26

Suppose to be salad but..

what is this? 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 13:39

Should I interfere with the onion?

separate or not 
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Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 06:44

Questions about lettuce and spinach

Mine are ever so small for their age.. or maybe not 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 20:06

Spinach and lettuce questions

I don't think mine are doing well 
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Last Post: 10/04/2014 at 16:44

Can you pile on a potato plant that's 20inches high?

Life or death? 
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Last Post: 16/03/2014 at 15:21
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