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Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:41

Meomye, my plants now have just a few leaves at the very top.  Been like this now for 2 weeks.  Removing tops of stems too.  

So, yes.  Leaves and top stems off 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:36

Still time for tomatoes to ripen if they are already beginning to colour.  Givimg away some tomatoes later......shame they dont really "keep"

best year for me for toms but blight has been an issue for many this year.

not an expert but for me a few basic principles have helped me id best conditions ....for me...for tomatoes.  Essentially to keep foliage dry, to regularly remove leaves, to keep good air flow, to spray with epsom salts in early stages, to spray with diluted milk and not to over water.  No chemicals, no fungicides.



Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:53

Jack, hydrangeas are usually very easy to grow but they need a couple of things....firstly moisture.  Water!  Lots of it for best growth.  The name itself, HYDR...angea tells you it likes water.  So, this may be your issue.

when you plant in comtainers do you use ordinary multi purpose compost?  This is not really adequate.  At your garden centre or DIY centre ask for JOHN INNES compost.  Slightly more expensive but it's what you need.

to possibly confuse you, the colour of your hydrangea is important too. If your hydrangea is pink or red then John Innes is fine.  If you have a blue hydrangea ask for John Innes ERICACEOUS compost.

dont go mad with feeding either.  Good compost and moisture and a little shade if possible Jack 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:45

Morning Rachael

Southernwood, lad's love, boy's love,.....lots of names but artemisia.  And different varieties too of artemisia

I have a feeling you may have the green variety.....most are silver/grey.  This releases a lovely lemony type scent when the foliage is touched or brushed against

"Leggy" ?  8"?  

All artemisias can be cut back...hard or not so hard.  Ideally a month or so back but still fine now to do it.  Pop the cuttings into a pot and they will root for plants next year. 




Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:37

Hello forkers 

early walk across the towans .....lovely.  Quiet, slightly damp (Just the odd spot in the wind) and warm.  Couple of foxes, a few rabbits and a view of the sea and a happy Spike 

cant deny the autumn feel though esp now days are shortening


planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:29

This is miscanthus  gold bar already 8 or 9' tall and prob 4 years old


planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 08:26


couple of grasses to show will add 2' or so in a couple of weeks or so

....this miscanthus variegatus was divided last autumn and is about 5' 



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:32

True Philippa...trouble is few people do that.  Not only the danger but,,down here, It is a plant that's no longer wanted.  Fun n games to dig it out 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:16

Hope you are improving RB 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 18:15

Not a plant for the garden methinks though esp with young children. 

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