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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?


 

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?


 

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.

Pruning tomato vines

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:01

Are you supposed to prune side shoots from tomato vines, or just suckers?

The side shoots that only produce leaves can become very bushy, stop air and light getting into the plant and make it harder to get the rose of your watering can right into the plants, so should you prune them or does their photosynthesis help the fruits grow?

Are there any rules to which side shoots are safe to remove. for example, do fruits only benefit from leaves either beneath or above them on the vine, or only leaves close to a truss are useful, etc?

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:53

Sorry, I think spiny was the wrong word to use. When they turn green, they look a bit like the tops of pineapples.

But there's no sign of any stem growing from the centre, just leaves with a hole in the middle where one (presumably) should be. I haven't been able to take a good picture of them, but here's a couple more. This plant has one missing leaf (compared to the other one) and one stubby one that hasn't grown like the others for some reason. You can also see another shoot to the right that appeared much later than the others, and this is still purple but starting to turn green:


 


 

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:28

Yes, I'm pretty sure they were bulbs I planted, but I don't remember what they were.

These two have been growing for many months now, but there's no sign of any flowers, just leaves. Whatever they are, I'm sure I bought them expecting to get flowers.

I've just googled Eucomis and some photos to look very similar. They also seem to flower later in the year, so these may well be what I have, and I still have something to look forward to!

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