philippa smith2


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Cikito Tomatoes

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 15:02

Don't know the variety Cikito but if you are able to start off the other toms at this time of year without the usual problems associated with early sowing, why not give them a go ? 


If there is nothing specific in the Citiko's info. which suggests a later sowing , maybe do some now and some later ( say March ? ).

tomatoes- heirloom or f1?

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 14:29

Interesting about Albert Ball's veg garden Iain - you learn something new on this forum every day.


Agree about the Organic cat. too - lots of info.

Cheese Plant Growing

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 14:19

Is it broken as in completely snapped off ?  If not, you could perhaps rig up enough support to air layer.

Attaching guttering to metal greenhouse

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 14:16

One of the oldest manufacturers of metal / aluminium GH's  was Alton.  Not sure whether they still exist under that name but could be worth a look.


I'm sure others will come up with ideas of how you can connect the guttering if you can't find tailor made to do the job

Buying Worms

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 18:24

Newboy - you would only normally buy Worms for a wormery - I have a feeling they aren't earth worms as we know them. Could be wrong but they will be Thread worms ?


Worms will hopefully be in your soil even tho it may not look like it to begin with.  Adding compost and manure will encourage them - if your soil is rough, it just takes a bit of time and effort to improve it


Don't know how far you have dug down but worms won't exactly be sunbathing at this time of year and so may not be too visible. Don't be too quick to think you don't have any - like the rest of us, they will be a bit more active/visible when it warms up a bit

tomatoes- heirloom or f1?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 17:50

In some respects it will depend on your location and which tomatoes you prefer.


Heirloom toms are really just old varieties - both Shirley and Gardener's Delight probably come into that category.  There are lots of new varieties which have been produced over the years  - more disease resistant, cold resistant, etc.


Unless you have a heated GH on a commerical scale, you won.t be self sufficient in toms in the UK  - at some point you will have to buy the fruit.


Decide what you like and what you want to use them for - picking for salad (or just picking and munching whilst pretending to check them  ) the Sungold  are a good bet.  In a good summer, you can do them outside but they are equally suited to the GH.  Slightly larger fruit but an excellent flavour are the Black Cherry - again in or out depending on your location.


The large beefsteak can be more problematic but worth growing if you can.  Plum toms for use in sauce, etc. - again, depends on your space and aspect.


Up to you really

Pernicious Weed!

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 17:31

It is a horror if it has been allowed to grow unrestricted.  It is virtually impossible to get rid of - dig, dig, dig - unless you catch each tiny ( and I mean tiny ) bulbil, it will just carry on and do its thing.  A true PITA and I don't say that about many plants/weeds.


Sorry - you can probably tell that I can see that b***er everywhere - sniggering at me

You Have to Smile

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 17:14

Oh DHR........smilies may not have existed in "literature" but neither did our rather weird way of communicating with each other these days.


Still, as you say Water under the Bridge - don't know about you but plenty of water here and no bridge. I'm celebrating one dry day- maybe another one tomorrow if my luck holds.

You Have to Smile

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 16:42

Isn't that rather harsh DHR ?


Regular posters are aware of your dislike for the use of any emojis and have learned not to use them when responding to your posts.


I think the emojis ( stupid word I admit ) are used not as an excuse by posters but more to get their meaning/sentiments across if the comment could be taken in more than one way.  I don't think they are meant to impress or otherwise .  If we choose to talk to each other by the written word only, any "help" to enforce the meaning is not to be sniffed at. Our language is complex and It is very easy to misconstrue a statement made in bald type - in the majority of cases you don't know the person and neither can you see their face so you have no real idea - using the aids the Inet offers is surely helpful to most of us. I presume that is why they exist.


Just my opinion of course - I'm not out to impress anyone. - better things to do especially as it promises to be sunny again tomorrow         

Too late to trim strawberries?

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 16:11

If me, I'd only remove obviously dead or dying leaves at this point.


If you had a good crop last year, those plants would perhaps be in their 2nd or 3rd year ?  


As said, try and see which have a good strong crown ( that should become more obvious in a month or 2 ) and hang on to them - at least for this coming year.  


Come the warmer weather, watch for runners and save them for next year.  Easiest way to do that is to leave them attached to the parent plant but put them in a small pot.  Once they've rooted you can snip them off and you have a new Strawb to plant out.


Strawberries are one of the easiest crops to grow - sometimes the suggested faffing about is really not necessary.


Other posters may well have more/better advice - either way, nowt much is likely to happen in the next few weeks so relax and look forward to some good fruit this year

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