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Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:51

I have 8 Toms in pots this year and am using rainwater on 4 and tap water on the other half to see if there will be any difference at all in their performance. It is hardly laboratory conditions but I am curious. I clearly have a bit too much time on my hands.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 12:44

On website they recommend stopping watering at least a couple of weeks before harvesting to prevent the bulbs rotting. The problem for us amateurs is knowing when 'a couple of weeks before harvesting' actually is. My crystal ball is on the blink again and so winging it as usual.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:19

I agree, it seems a bit odd. Perhaps they are leaving it until next week once it is all finished and will give us a recap?  General comments from some of the other posts would suggest that it is not that impressive this year anyway.

Beetroot Problems

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:53

I seem to remember reading a recent article by Mark Diacono in one of the monthly magazines where he said that when he was involved with River Cottage, they tried never to water anything once it was in the ground. 

I thought at the time that this did not seem practical, but does lend strength to the argument that we can all overdo the watering occasionally.  


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 12:48

Hi Alan,

I would try Mooli. They are the long white ones that get really big and are used a lot in oriental cookery. They are generally much milder that the standard little red demons and just as easy to grow.

can carrots be transplanted

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:13

A variation on figrat's suggestion - I sow some of mine in 2" peat pots. As soon as they show through the soil I put them in the ground with the pots almost touching. This eliminates any very early thinning out. I then pull every second carrot when big enough to use and leave the rest in the ground to grow on. It seems to work for me.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:58

Lokelani, That is interesting. This year I have grown Albigensian Wight, Iberian Wight, Early Purple WIght and Solent Wight. Out of all of them the Solent White is the definitely the weakest performer for me.

Cleaning out a pond

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:11

I agree with nutcutlet that you will not want to get rid of the all the sludge. If you just want to get rid of some of it, I would suggest that after you do your sieving, leave any sludge piled up next to the pond for a few days so that any remaining pondlife that get through the sieving have a chance of finding their way back in. To give them a fighting chance, best done when it is overcast.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:02

Hi Bf206

This is a pretty good resource for all things garlic including tips on when to harvest. It is different depending on whether you have hard or softneck varieties.

They say that hardneck varieties are ready when the leaves start to change colour, and softneck is when they start to lay on the ground.

I bought my  bulbs from them this year and the results (so far) have been far better than anything I have managed to produce in the past. Hopefully the same will be true when I get around to harvesting. 



Pak Choi has bolted :(

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 11:40

Hi Paul,

I am pretty certain that Pak Choi is one of those crops that needs to be sown where it is to grow. Transplanting makes it very prone to bolting. 

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