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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:22

Gorgeous pics Liri.

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 21:23

Removing old leaves is done to aid ventilation, it has absolutely no effect on ripening. Put an unripe tomato in a warm, DARK, airing cupboard and see how quick it ripens. Glad you've had a good crop Purplerallim, I never remove healthy leaves and mine ripen just fine thanks.

Why don't they grow?

Posted: 11/08/2017 at 07:31

Some plants really don't like to be transplanted. They 'stall' and basically sit there and sulk rather than growing away.

It can be for any number of reasons, poor root development, temperature shock etc. Last year this happened with my chillies, after transplanting to their final pots they just sat there and sulked, they didn't die, they just didn't develop. I put this down to my overwatering which basically stunted the roots. 

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:16

Tomatoes don't need sunlight to ripen, you're achieving nothing by removing healthy leaves! 


Posted: 10/08/2017 at 11:12

No, just leave them. Wait for the tassles to turn chocolate brown and then test the kernels by carefully pulling back the outer layers of the cob. If the liquid is clear leave it for a while, if it's creamy it's ready but if it's thick and doughy then it's gone past its best.

Tumbling Tom

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 19:51


Tumbling Tom

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:41

Tomatoes don't need light to ripen, if the leaves are healthy leave them alone they're the engine of the plant. 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 18:15

Heavy rain since lunchtime, looks like it's set in for the night.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 15:56

 Sorry Joyce, very rude of me. It's from the BBC Good food website. I can confirm it hits the spot👍.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 15:42

 All this talk of cake. OH and stepdaughter made this courgette loaf, would have been rude not to taste test! 

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