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Why won't my tomatoes ripen?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 17:55

Hooray - a couple of outdoor Gardeners Delight are starting to go a bit orangey - still lots of dark green marbles though.

I could also kid myself that the Gold tomatoes (can't remember exact variety) might be changing hue (they are also outside)

I might even get to eat some of my own tomatoes before it's time to pull the plants out.  

Have stopped them shorter than I would normally do to channel all their energy into ripening the existing fruit and have also removed about a third of the leaves to increase sun exposure.

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:33

AJP - this is probably not going to be a quick job.

1. Your first step should be to remove as much of the rubble and other rubbish from the top 18" of soil as you possibly can. 

2. While you are doing that you should remove as many weeds (with their roots) as you can. The only way to do both these jobs is by digging with a fork.

3. When it's been dug once - leave it for a couple of weeks. New weeds will almost certainly appear - either dig them out or apply weedkiller to the leaves. You should use a glyphosphate based weedkiller to kill the weeds and their roots. It takes time for the glyphosphate to work it's way through the plant so they may not appear to be dying for several days - sometimes a couple of weeks depending on the weed.

4. You will probably need to repeat step 3 at least once.

5. Once you are sure all the weeds & rubble have gone you can start mixing in your topsoil

6. Then you can start levelling / firming / raking. Repeat this 2 or 3 times

7. Then you can sow the grass seed ..

So - much as you said - but with more emphasis on spending several weeks clearing the site of rubble and weeds before you bring in top soil.



Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:37

Pat - 

Jo - love my ginger boys 



Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:10

Our road is like that Pauline  - but it's only half a mile long / no through road / houses only on one side / usually lots of dog walkers about to ask - so not as bad as some

Jo - I think Harry and Sid might be brothers...


 On the (old) shed roof - surveying his estate....



Posted: 14/08/2015 at 09:50

BL - lots of mice / voles etc in the garden but none (touch wood!) in the house so far except those brought as gifts by Harry the Cat.

We do have bats in the loft though. As far as I know there are only a couple so they don't make too much mess - have never seen them - only a few droppings (definitely bat not mice - had that checked out). Love to watch the bats doing acrobatics in the evenings. Once had a bat decide the furled parasol was a good place to crawl into to sleep away the day. Don't know who got more of a shock when I opened it.

Pauline - sorry - we might be one of those addresses. We have a house sign but it's often hidden behind the car  

DD - Have decided I really fancy your dinner menu - would you have room for one more? 


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 09:15
Lily P - lots of hugs for you. Well done on getting through the scan ok - lot of people comment on the noise. Hope your news isn't too distressing.

Jo - mouse in bedroom ??? eeeeek. I am such a wuss about rodents - even tiny ones. Darned sure I wouldn't have slept afterwards either

Pdoc - ordering bulbs.... makes me think of autumn & I haven't had my summer hols yet!


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 08:01
One of the advantages of living in the sticks down lots of very narrow twisty lanes is that delivery drivers - having made the effort to get there, and not wanting to repeat the journey to make a redelivery - all make a real effort to find someone / somewhere to leave parcels with.
Postie also knows where everybody is happy to have parcels stashed & she signs recorded delivery slips on our behalf (she did ask first!). Can't remember the last time we had to visit the sorting office to collect something.
Some rain here overnight but we need MORE (not a deluge though thanks very much) - very little forecast over next 5 days.


Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:00


Posted: 13/08/2015 at 21:52
Sorry folks - that's the 3rd time the above has posted - no idea why!


Posted: 13/08/2015 at 21:51
PDoc - when one of our neighbours son's thought it OK to have an all night party (semi detached house) I put on some screaming opera in the bedroom adjoining his (windows open of course) at 8am and then went & leaned on the doorbell at about 8.30 to tell him to move the cars off our shared driveway.

Bl**dy coward sent one of his mates down to deal with me. Words were had with parents when they returned. They were less than impressed too.

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