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Tomato Varieties

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 18:00

Sungold are a really good variety for salad/fresh use ....easy to grow inside or out.  The larger plum types such as Roma are good for sauces and freezing.  As a medium size for fresh or cooking, Black Cherry are a good bet........slightly later than sungold but a good flavour.  All can be indoor or out and if you are in London, you have the advantage of more warmth - like anything, all depends on how you plan to grow them.

Growing toms from bought fruit is probably a bit of a waste of time and effort - you rarely know what stock you are buying these days from the shops.

Given that tomatoes are usually a rewarding crop, it is best to buy reputable seed varieties or plants. For the cost of the seed, you will  (or should ) get a worthwhile harvest.






Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:12

I'd agree with the broadest sense, anything you would not imbibe yourself should not be left available for any wildlife/domestic pets to dip into

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:03

You will find a couple of threads on this very subject............but it can get a bit rude at times. 

Everyone seems to have a favourite method dependant upon the time, effort and money they have to expend.

Best of luck

Growing mistletoe

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 16:53

I always thought Mistletoe was specific to just a few tree types.............Apple being one ?

Could be wrong tho....I've often wondered about it but have never tried it myself.

Spraying with water ?  That should save you a chore then


Easy to Grow UK Fruit and Veg

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 16:22 don't say whereabouts you are so I would think quite a bit would depend on your situation.

There are quite a few Guerilla Gardeners - might be worth looking on the web for info and advice. Also maybe your local council ; Parks and Gardens Dept ; wildlife trusts etc may be a good way to start. 

It's a great idea and seems to have worked well in various places.

Just as a caution........I wouldn't automatically assume that people would know what some of your intended plants are...........I don't know that I would actually recognise lentils or quinoa

I really wish you well with this.............let us know how you get on

Plant I.D Help

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 16:09

I'd agree.........the plant certainly looks like a Pieris of some form and the Snowdrop type flower certainly looks pretty similar to a couple I have flowering now.......unfortunately I don't know which sort it is

Cymbidium flowers are browning

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 15:51

the roots certainly look ok and if the plant is flowering I'm not sure I would split it yet.

I grow Cymbidiums and I don't know the flower problem as you describe - in my experience if the plant is stressed, you can lose some/most of the buds on the spike but what remains flower normally.

I think it is Bob the Gardener on this forum who knows about Orchids......I hope he will see this and be able to offer some advice.

Best of luck in sorting it out anyway...........before the boss returns anyway


Chicken manure - what should I do with it?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:57

You're very welcome..........happy gardening


Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:40

I'd agree..........once you've got it, you will always have it.  There is a slightly prettier form - golden - but with the same characteristics. Tastes the same tho

Aphids ... at this time of year?

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 18:23

Might be worth looking at the biological control "thingies" for your g/house altho I'm not sure if you can use them this early ? 

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Mangetout varieties

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