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Tomato Black Russian?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:59

I don't tend to start my tomatoes off until April, my first lot are up and producing their first true leaf, but the others should be shooting through by Easter.  I was interested to read about the Black Russian as I am growing them for the first time this year - try a new variety every year.  Last year I grew (amongst others) Hungarian Strawberry, and was thrilled with the quality and taste.  Saved my own seeds and they are growing well.  Also tried Ildi, a small yellow tomato, that produces more tomatoes on each truss than you could ever imagine, so growing them again this year.  My trusty Sungold and Costa DeVoluta are also being grown.  Like you Sylvia I make loads of what I call 'Tommy Gunge'.  Just take out the majority of seeds and render down with garlic and herbs, then freeze in plastic containers and use in all my stews and curries.  So delicious and not at all bitter, but sweet and lovely.  Hope you have a good crop Christopher.  I always grow Tagetes in pots in the greenhouse and never have problems with pests.

Seeds not germinating.

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:26

Did you collect the seeds yourself or buy them in?  I have  found bought in seeds are giving me spasmodic germination, I often wonder how old they are!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:24

That sounds a good idea Fidgetbones, but if there is a slope on the bottle neck (even though put in horizontally) will the bees be able to climb back out? Will it not bee (sorry about the pun!!) too slippery?  If not it is an idea I may use.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 10:03

Am just about to have a 4' retaining wooden wall built to hold back a bank (SE facing). Will be filled with hardcore and then soil.  Want to incorporate either drilled holes or cut out areas in retaining sleepers to insert bamboo canes, hosepipe lengths, etc., to accommodate solitary bees, bumble bees etc.  Any ideas about hole size and depth and whether drilled holes need to be put in at an angle to prevent water running in.  Any advice, tips gratefully received. Thanks

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:17

Heard a Chiff Chaff yesterday in Gloucestershire and male blackbird carrying small worms, so I guess nestling are about.  Here's to a lovely hot weekend.

Another plant/shrub that needs identifying :) Thank you

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:07

I agree with Ribes, but have to say that although it smells of foxes the bees LOVE it as it is an early flowering shrub.  Do think about keeping it if you are considering wildlife in your garden.  It can be kept under control with pruning after it flowers.  Good luck

 

Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:40

Sorry, forgot to say Ross On Wye, Herefordshire

Spawn 2014

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:40

Pond built May 2011, one lot of frogspawn last year, so far 9 lots this year.  Am thrilled.  Spotted the first lot last Friday.  However, despite sitting out in the dark and chill and keeping a good way away and not making a noise, haven't heard any croaking!!

 

First Spring Flowers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:24

Am in Herefordshire and like the rest of you everything is sprouting, including long buds on most of the clematis.  Also found two loads of frog spawn in the pondthis morning, two months earlier than last year!!!  Have to say I have a pink scabious that hasn't stopped flowering at all this winter.  Whats the betting we have a severe cold spell just as the blossom is coming out!!!  Sorry, don't mean to be pessimistic, especially as the sun is shining.

start-of-a-weekly-blog

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:48

Don't give up James.  I have been slowly working away at my small plot, (unfortunately work gets in the way!!!!!), and get quite disheartened at times.  My energy levels have dropped the older I have got so everything takes so much longer to achieve.  I have turned this to my advantage tho, and just spend more time sitting to catch my breath, considering what needs to be done.  You have really inspired me with your blog, which I have just come upon, and I will be following with interest.

 

 

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