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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 19 10:08 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Thank you. I'm always interested in finding good flavoured tomatoes!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 19 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

burpee big boy

dont snigger, well if you must, but they are vigorous, outdoor if sheltered, delicious raw or cooked and very heavy cropping over a decent length of time if well fed and watered even in minimum soil
i had 2 in a window box that were 8 ft tall and 10 ft across between them when tied to the net and pipes up a sunny wall corner . semi hydroponic with regular feed n water and enough soil to get em started works but is a bit of a chore. once a day watering probably needs a minimum few cu ft of decent soil as they are quite thirsty
they are big but can be trained

best toms out of quite a few i have grown

another that have have been good are sweet million planted out under bed sized cloches in march to get an early start for a june/july harvest
intercropped with vigorous chilli plants they are self supporting once the cosy comes off.
needs a decent aspect and very good soil, i double dig and add a foot of activated raw manure under the refill of soil and well rotted composted stuff. plant into the heap as close as decent and cover . the fermenting manure adds a few degrees of temp above that of just the cloche as well as providing extra water retention and food once the roots are long enough to get to it it has done the hot bit and is ready to slurp.

i also have tomato disasters roll:

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 19 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I shall look that up!

Shan



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 19 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Struggling to find it in the UK. You can find Big Boy seeds but not Burpee Big Boy and from what various reviewers have said, the seeds selling here as Big Boy are definitely not the same as the American Burpee Big Boy.

Please tell me where you get yours from?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 19 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i got a couple of plants off one of the local veg growers/market traders.

no idea where they got them, maybe best not to ask if they came by post.

Shan



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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 19 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 19 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I need to get my seeds all sorted out and the chillis and aubergines sown. I find that they need the longer growing period with heat under to get a decent crop here.

Also, my name is Joanne and I'm a veggie seed addict!

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 19 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
sgt.colon wrote:
I bought all mine at the back end of last year from Real seeds and a couple from Suttons, so there is no point on me looking now.

I got, sprouts, carrots, tomatoes, chillies, parsnips, cucumber, peas. I think that was everything.


What tomato varieties did you grow?

Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you Shan. I've got two types and they are....

Orange banana vine tomato and Costoluto Fiorentino. Not sure what they are like as this is the first year I'll be growing them.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 19 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

joanne wrote:
I need to get my seeds all sorted out and the chillis and aubergines sown. I find that they need the longer growing period with heat under to get a decent crop here.

Also, my name is Joanne and I'm a veggie seed addict!


do you use a deep bed with raw manure at the base, then growing soil on top. with a cloche or greenhouse for shelter?
i found that gave an extra few degrees for chillies etc.

activated manure can get quite warm

re seeds i am very limited on space but i will find a few places that dont have small trees and grafts in them

as i only need one or two of big things i tend to get raised plants and the odd packet of radish or salady green things.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6501
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 19 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just browsing seed packets here in NZ..it's surprising how many UK companies sell here..I saw Browns in the local Chinese dollar store!

Who would sell Lebanese cucumber seeds in the UK? We've been given some produce here and they are tasty and sweet..but our friend couldn't remember the seed company .....

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7948
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 19 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sgt.colon wrote:
Shan wrote:
sgt.colon wrote:
I bought all mine at the back end of last year from Real seeds and a couple from Suttons, so there is no point on me looking now.

I got, sprouts, carrots, tomatoes, chillies, parsnips, cucumber, peas. I think that was everything.


What tomato varieties did you grow?

Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you Shan. I've got two types and they are....

Orange banana vine tomato and Costoluto Fiorentino. Not sure what they are like as this is the first year I'll be growing them.

Orange banana has a good sweet flavour with a little acidity.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7948
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 19 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

joanne wrote:
I need to get my seeds all sorted out and the chillis and aubergines sown. I find that they need the longer growing period with heat under to get a decent crop here.

Also, my name is Joanne and I'm a veggie seed addict!


These days, I cheat with Aubergines and buy 2 decent grafted plants.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6501
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 19 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Costuluto Fiorento is a good one, good and solid and tasty. When I grew it it was one of the first to succumb to blight...but it was a bad year and they had been sown late...

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 19 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Then I'm very excited about the ones I've bought.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 19 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have lots of seeds. I just love buying those little packets of promise for only a few pounds.

As usual, I have no suitable garden. Why couldn’t I have moved in November?!

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