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Posted: 13/10/2012 at 22:40

It rained during the night but has been bright and sunny most of the day, just one shower in the afternoon. No gardening done today, I've been out all day and only just got back. 

Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny with no rain. I might clean the GH, a chore I don't always relish and put some of my terracotta pots to bed for the winter, in the shed.  

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 22:12


I'm running out of idea's as to what to do with  ripe toms. I've even frozen them whole and there's still some left on the plants. I've never had yellow toms before, been eating them in salads, adding them to pasta dishes and am now looking for a recipe to do a yellow relish. There are so many more ways to eat red toms.

Using up cherry toms was easy pessie, took those into work for the morning tea breaks as snacks.       

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 21:13

I recognised later blight in some of my GH toms from your description, Dovefromabove, in a previous thread, took the affected leaves off as was advised and the crop was just as good as previous years. Without going out side to count there were about 6-7 plants in a bed so couldn't be moved, in fact the other 6 plants due to space couldn't be moved either   I had fruit ripening from about mid July possibly sooner, Christmas grape was the first along with a striped zebra variety.

I've found each year seems to throw up different challenges, last year it was BER, red, yellow pear and the cherry varieties I grew seemed the only one's affected and these were grown in pots. It was put down to irregular watering and that some varieties are susceptible to BER. Grew red pear again this year and they were fine but I changed my watering habit and put gravel in the tops of pots to prevent evaporation.  

A must this year is to change the soil in the GH bed.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 18:30

I get lots of webs near the GH and oddly enough attached to the washing line, often wondered how they get there, spiders must abseil of the roof Great pictures.

Dark cloud here today, but, the rain stayed away which was a bonus. 


Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 18:17

Thanks again.

Saving tom seeds...

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 21:51

Hi, just to let you guys know, I've dried Floridity, Golden Sunrise and Red Pear. Followed the advise, fermented  them for 3-4 days, all seeds sank in the water when rinsed and they've dried out nicely, the seeds didn't even stick to the plate 

I've Christmas Grape, Money Maker and a 3rd variety which have ripened after being hung upside down in GH so will be saving those

Chilli plants - keep or chuck and start again next year?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 20:48

I've done something similar to Green Magpie brought a couple of chilli plants and a pepper plant indoors. These were the plants with the least red chilli and peppers on to see if they'll ripen. 

I'm guessing some varieties take longer to mature than others as all my plants were  sown at the same time and grew in the same GH. Chilli cayenne have produced loads of long curly green chillies but few are red, Chilli Apache have mostly turned red and are beginning to dry out on the plant so I've cut the stem and it's hanging upside down in the GH drying.

My round peppers have been small and slow to go green - yolo wonder and Californian Wonder. Also grew a pepper which was long and thin, this one has produced good sized fruit and will be coming indoors if it doesn't start to go black in the next few days.

I'd be inclined to advise bringing in a coupe of chilli plants and see what happens, 2 plants are enough for any sized family, you have nothing to lose and they do look ornamental if strategically placed in the  kitchen/dinning  room or a conservatory.

If you have a lot of plants with green fruit on they will ripen if cut off at the stem and hung upside down in a warmish place and those that don't - just pick the dried red one's. I still have dried chillies stored for 2yrs and as red as the day they were picked, they will be composted this year

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 19:23

Two lovely sunny days here too, the sky was a clear blue tonight.  Chilly and cold first thing, with a blanket of dew on almost everything, which, I always think looks rather nice especially on spiders webs. 

Growing fennel bulbs...

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 19:05


Sounds delish with goats cheese. Gives me some idea's, thank you 

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 07/10/2012 at 19:06

I spent all day in the garden, had a really good clear out of the veg beds and GH. I'm pleased to say judging by the number of fat caterpillars and eaten veg leaves deposited in the compost bin, Zoomer's garden has probably contributed to a huge increase in the UK's butterfly population this year and next

Due to all the rain couldn't get out there enough this year to squash them, if the birds aren't pinching your currants, caterpillars are munching your veg  

If we did that there'd be grounds for as ASBO

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