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best beefsteak tomato

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 11:08

Regarding Black Krim, I've not grown it but I always include some 'black' varieties each year. In 2016, Carbon proved another very tasty success -- rich slightly smokey flavour and excellent raw or grilled. Also I grew an American heirloom 'beefsteak' called Abraham Lincoln which I can recommend for flavour and can grow to some size.

Little figs

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 19:23

Thanks for that. All these (6) trees are 3-4 years old taken from cuttings and are about 6-8' tall and healthy in 'tubs'. But for some reason they produced little fruit at the start of the year but a load after I'd fed them in April. Perhaps I should remove the immature fruit and give a dressing now to bed them down nicely for winter (and fruit formation)? Perhaps the growing season is too short for me to feed as late as April? I will resist pruning this year's wood and hope for their good behaviour in 2017.

Little figs

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 10:22

I've had a funny year for my small containerised fig trees. Unpromising Spring when only a few fruits appeared but I re-potted and fed them (as I do each year) at least to keep them happy. By midsummer a multitude of new fruits appeared and I know they will come to nothing. Question is, when these drop off (or I remove them) will new fruit grow on this same new wood next Spring or have the trees overstepped themselves and I'll get a poor crop again in 2017? Did I feed them at the wrong time? Shall I take the opportunity to prune back and forego next year's fruiting?

Cucumber wilting leaves

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 11:13

Thanks DK. I would be better not watering at all, although the compost felt pretty dry after the warm days. C'est la vie! Fortunately I have one now coming up as a reserve.

Cucumber wilting leaves

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 12:43

I hate cucumbers. Every year I grow a few from seed (first indoors then in the GH) and invariably lose plants for no good reason (to my mind anyway). I know young plants can be overwatered and succumb to cold and draughts. But this year, I thought I was OK with a couple of F1 Louisas. Trated carefully, they grew well up to 12" when transferred to a bigger pot in the GH. OK for a couple of weeks when the stem on one started to shrivel , leaves wilt, and you know the rest. The other plant.. thick healthy stem.. has put on another 12" but has started to wilt, dammit. Is it just down to overnight drops in temp? Is this variety too sensitive? I have a couple of Beth variety doing fine. So frustrating!

Chilli plants fruiting

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 12:44

I've grown a few chilli plants from seed this year (hot wax variety) but most started to flower and fruit while the plants were still small i.e. 12" or so tall. My concern now is that the fruit growth will hinder the plant becoming a strong bushy shape, Shall I remove all the present fruit to give the plants a chance? or don't interfere?

Plum Trees

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 15:40

It's hard to ignore a Victoria at least as a starting point. If you have the space, it is difficult to know when to stop planting wonderfully different varieties. In any case, give the tree a good start with a sheltered sunny position, good drainage, a bigger than likely hole with plenty of rotted manure/compost and a good handful of bonemeal to encourage rooting. Tread in and water in well and don't let it suffer in dry spells during the first year. Good luck.

Quince Quandry

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 19:58

No harm in letting them ripen up for a couple of weeks. My Vranja quinces.. of which I have very few this year for some reason... are turning yellow now and I normally wait until they either drop or come off with a good shake, usually in October. We have made jam in the past but it is rather bland. I read that quince jelly is nice but difficult to 'clear'. The nicest concoction I've tasted is a 'quince cheese', much like the Portuguese marmelo. It goes nicely with cheese, ham etc. I'm sure there are good recipes online.

Mulberry wine recipe?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:07

Anything from the 60s can't be that bad! Thanks for the input. 4 lbs of mulberries may be a little ambitious for me this year, so I'll scale down accordingly.

Bramley apples

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 13:28

Bramleys tend to be ready about late Sept to early Oct in my garden but many have already been dropping so I will stew some presently. They are much smaller in average size than usual too. It seems an odd year altogether.

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Discussions started by paull2

Little figs

Pruning solution? 
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Cucumber wilting leaves

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Chilli plants fruiting

Flowers and fruit before plant established? 
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Mulberry wine recipe?

How to use the fruit 
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Pear tree survival?

Trees return from the dead 
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Broad bean burn?

Is burning part of a process? 
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Blossom-end blues

End rot despite careful watering 
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Filling in lawn centre-piece

How to fill-in area and restore to lawn 
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Fig crop drop

Figs dropping before ripening 
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Sweet potato

grow from sprouting peel? 
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Dragon fruit

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Tomatoes not setting fruit

Plenty of flowers but few fruit set 
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Split stem courgettes

What causes split stems 
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Cherry picking problem

What's eating my cherry leaves? 
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