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dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 19 11:40 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

i like tomatoes, i like mice.

discombobulating 2 of them while murdering slugs did remind me that gardening needs to be done for all involved

for a small space i have quite a selection of critters that visit or live here and are welcome, trying to accommodate them and grow stuff can be a bit fraught at times.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 19 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I quite like mice outside, and the wood mice we get in the woods are lovely, but not indoors. I found 2 huge snails in the compost heap yesterday, so squashed them and left the remains for the attendant robin, or the thrush that has been singing for the last few days.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 19 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

all 6 are still alive, all are different ranging from bushy to single stem tall, the most beasty one got best place and has gone for two trunks .

the slugged one is alive but in the way

the variation is quite striking as they had the same conditions until they got their final boxes

it will be interesting to find out how each develops, i have tried to give each a place it's shape seems suited to but in many ways they could be different strains

ace, from what slim said last time these are the real deal, ie variable but the best are very best and i just put the big un in the best spot

as they are in fairly rich soil i will give em another couple of weeks growing roots before i start feeding them liquids

i must give thought to the spots that are better than the best spot , brackets, steel rope , pulleys etc, hey ho
grrr the best sun is not at floor level

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 19 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the one that got slugged tried hard, grew new roots above the slug damage and then spotted with blight.
culled and binned.

one has gone to a nice new home leaving 4.
one tall broad and bifurcated half way up
one similar but bushier from low side shoots
two very bushy from soil level

they look like 3 different strains but the bigun is most certainly big

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine are doing pretty well. I think I might end up with my first ripe fruit within 2 weeks.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

fruit is a while off here, the bigun is just setting second layer of flower buds with the first ones almost open .

last time fruiting was from the end of august and continued into autumn.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine fruit into November but then I have artificial help with the greenhouse.

Also got my first cucumber fruit and the first few peppers and chillis. Aubergines are close to flowering too.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my cucumbers are just at first proper leaves but they will soon go from propagator to sunny spot in a big pot for a couple of months.
mini cloches made with a plastic bottle should ease the journey

. i thought they were a right off but as they are an outdoor, rapid season, F1 i might get some little uns for pickles

the toms still look ok even though they are a bit damp and have not had good sunshine for a week.

a few aphids but not owt to worry about at the mo considering the number of ladybird larvae

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Warning about aphids: I have had a rather nasty infestation! Worse than I have seen in years.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 19 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

damp suits aphids, the only nasty patches have been on things other than toms but i am watching very carefully in case there is an outbreak rather than a few for the ladybirds and birdy birds to eat.

Shan



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 19 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They seemed to like my Pak Choi and peppers.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 19 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the first tomato is harvested which is nice but....

the one with best light has only set a dozen or so , the others are pretty big but are only just starting to set fruit

even though it has been hot a few times it has not been steadily sunny in the afternoons, 1% more sun=1% more fruit has been shown by experiment.

the one that sd has in a sunny corner is doing well

under plastic or glass in a full sun position these things would be spectacular in my climate, in a sunny place for 6 months and a decent water supply should work as well.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 19 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

re other stuff the fast growing f1 cucumber is doing well in a jack and the cucumber stalk with flowers sort of way and the fast growing f1 courgette has set one to little finger size and is flowering well so both seem to have some merit.

i want a south facing, very gentle slope. umm

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 19 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is always an advantage. Our garden is west facing but sadly has a high hedge and trees courtesy of our next door neighbours on the south side. We had to move the greenhouse because it was in constant shade.

Jam Lady



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Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 19 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In a "what a coincidence" moment vis-a-vis dpack's Burpee tomatoes - on Saturday there was a Garden Conservancy Open Days at Fordhook Farm in Doylestown PA.

"In 1888, W. Atlee Burpee acquired several hundred acres of farmland in bucolic Bucks County. Today at Fordhook Farm, hundreds of new vegetables, annuals, and perennials are still grown, tested, and evaluated on a 60-acre test farm and network of gardens to guarantee Burpee's high standards of quality. In addition to the test plots, there are extensive display gardens of choice perennials, shrubs, and trees for sun and shade. Over 30 new tree specimens have been added since the last Open Day. Important large-scale sculpture by Steve Tobin and Daisuke Shintani animate the landscape. The sixteen-acre core of the property, including the original Burpee Seed House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places."


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