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Tomato Blight

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 20:07

Thanks Green Magpie,

Well it's a shame I've ended up with blight, but so far it only seems to have affected a small amount of my vines. There's still a lot of fruits to ripen, so I'm hoping they all make it.

As an aside, I've taken my first proper crop of tomatoes today and used them in cooking. They taste a bit salty and contain a huge number of seeds compared to supermarket tomatoes. Is this normal for home grown?

I wondered if the salty taste of my fried tomatoes is a sign of using too much tomato feed, and whether the large number of seeds is a sign that I did something wrong while they grew? (watering or feed issues?)

Either way, I'm happy with the taste when they're cooked. Raw, they taste a bit watery.

Tomato Blight

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:13

My tomatoes are staring to ripen now, but two tomatoes next to each other on the same truss have turned brown at their tops. Is this blight?

If so, there's another three tomatoes left on the same truss that don't seem to have a problem so far. Might they still ripen safely or are they likely to rot too?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/61125.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 

Tomatoes

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:19

Today, after a late planting, I tasted my first home grown tomatoes of the year picked from the lowest trusses of their vines.

The first one was cherry size, despite being Moneymaker and the others being larger. I ate it raw and it tasted a bit weak and watery, though it had a very natural and nice taste. Very different from supermarket tomatoes. The other was larger and I sliced it and grilled it on bread. The grill drying it out a bit concentrated the flavour and it was delicious! The skin was also incredibly thin, splitting around half the fruit just by washing it under the hot tap to rinse off tomato feed splashes.

I think the weak taste may be down to over feeding or over watering?

Either way, I'm looking forward to the rest ripening on the vines more than ever.

I also found a bit of blight toward the top of one vine, so I cut out that branch a couple of inches before the darkening. At the end of that branch were a few small green tomatoes on healthy vine, so I've stuck the end of the branch (after removing the diseased section) into the soil, hoping it somehow draws up moisture and nutrients and the tomatoes continue growing. I'm not hopeful though.

Tomatoes

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:35

Today I picked the tomato pictured a few posts previously. It's the first tomato to go red this year, and was the lowest on the vine, but I'm not that impressed with it. It's more orange than red, and is very speckly rather than the smooth red surface of a supermarket tomato. It's also smaller, though maybe Moneymaker aren't that big?

This is how it looks today, though I'm leaving it a few days to ripen further and can't wait to taste it. Will later fruits further up the vine improve?

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Tomatoes

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:50

After transplanting my vines into the soil late and then recently seeing them battered by a hail storm, the very first fruit is today not quite green anymore. I wouldn't even call it orange, but it's clearly at the very early stages of starting to go red. It's also a tomato at the bottom of the vine, two inches above the soil and part of a truss of two fruits. The trusses further up have more fruits but are still smaller and green.

I hope there's enough of the year left to get more edible fruits. In a way, I'm disappointed that such a long hot summer hasn't resulted in more fruits growing faster and turning red by now, even though I planted late.

As for the hail storm a couple of weeks ago, most of my fruits do seem to have dents, scars and other marks left by it. Some have developed small brown holes, though they continue to grow OK. I don't know if they'll be edible when they ripen. The biggest shame is that I'd only just heavily pruned the leaves the morning of the storm, so the fruits were more exposed. Perhaps if I hadn't done that, there would have been less damage. But that's life!

Does anyone else have vines that are yet to produce a ripened fruit, and is it normal for ripening tomatoes to have this speckly colour before they turn solid red?

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Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 16:00

I was in Lidl today and noticed in their leaflets that they'll be having more bulbs on 4th September, including premium daffodils.

Today there was loads of premium tulips, with a few premium hyacinths left over from last week.

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 09:15

Lidl have premium tulip bulbs again tomorrow, with the best thing being the price reduced to £1.79 for a pack of 8-10 bulbs. Get them before they sell out!

The ones I got last year appear to be 'Helmar'.

http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=16078

Tomatoes

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:14

This is the first year I've grown tomatoes, and I transplanted them into the soil far too late, but I'm also a bit disappointed at their progress. I have a fair few fruits lower down and lots of yellow flowers from the middle upward (or did until last week's heavy hail storm knocked a lot of them off) but they seem to be growing more slowly than I expected, with none close to ripening yet, despite the good weather.

There must be something funny with my garden because even my daffs and tulips only flowered in May, despite being planted last September and October.

I'm looking forward to tasting my tomatoes though, and seeing if soup tastes better than using supermarket tomatoes.

Pruning tomato vines

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:01

Thanks for the replies. I've given my plants a good pruning and can now get a watering can under them again!

 

Shame the hot summer weather seems to have ended, but it's been a great year. Just a shame I planted my tomatoes so late and missed out a bit.

Tomato problems

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 09:59

My tomatoes have changed like this too, following an absolute *pounding* by hail last week. I'd never seen anything like it!

There are even 'chips' knocked out of the vines themselves, and a load of yellow flowers knocked clean off the plants.

This is the first year I've planted tomatoes, and I planted them rather late. None have ripened yet, with most fruits still being about an inch across. So now that the weather has changed, will this slow down growth? I'd be disappointed if just as I get a load of fruits growing on my vines, they all die off because of the cold.

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