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Tomatoe plants...basic how to guide needed?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:12

A recent Beechgrove Garden showed a tomato grower who has gotten huge crops from very small pots with very little compost. He has been doing this for many years too. He does feed them every day though. Have a look on iPlayer.

Where to buy

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:07

I use a Mantis with dethatching attachment - 4th one down on this page http://mantis.uk.com/mantis-tiller-attachments.asp Even with a machine it is hard work but the amount of material it pulls out is amazing and a little frightening .

Coldframes

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 12:52

I saved some secondary glazing units which were made redundant by double glazing. These are ideal for use as coldframes as they already have a strong frame and have toughened glass. I have a variety of sizes including a couple of door sized panels which will make Monty Don sized coldframes. Just need to clear some space in the garden for them now.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 17:00

Yes it will kill all of the weed as it is carried down into the roots. Glyphosate works best on actively growing weeds so I would spray rather than mow. The bigger the active surface area it has to work on the more effective it will be. Current weather is ideal so go for it!

HELP Please! Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:13

Oddly enough I lost mine because the roots rotted out and I had hoped that I would find some suckers to replace it but no luck. It never suckered at all unlike the wild cherry and the cherry plum which send suckering roots out for miles across the garden. It was a beautiful specimen about 12ft high with a canopy about 18ft across. Bees love it too. It just fell over one sad day with very little root left.

When I cut it up I tried using a log splitter wedge to create firewood sized pieces and discovered that it had grown in a tight spiral making it impossible to split lengthways.

Clearing and Turfing

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:45

I would spray with glyphosate first and let that do its thing before digging over or rotovating. Otherwise it all just grow through the new lawn. You need to remove all trace of weeds like bramble and dock or they will regrow.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 22:26

Potted up toms into big air pots. All seeds germinated so I ended up with too many plants again. I potted up a dozen and hope to find good homes for the rest. Also extended the watering system to cope with the extra pots and had to shuffle everything round to make room. Brought my strawberry troughs in to the greenhouse too to keep the birds off and ripen the fruit earlier.

Fruit trees

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 00:34

Look up grafting on the web. E.g. http://www.fruitscape.co.uk/graft.html

Citrus UK

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 22:47

I think Bob Flowerdew grows kumquats in his garden. London is warmer than most parts of the UK so I think they would be fine.

Discussions started by steephill

Hardwood cuttings from apple

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Eating weeds

Beating the weeds by eating them 
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Strange broad bean

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Slow worms and roe deer

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Air pots

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Bean confession

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