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I haven't had such a good crop this year. I picked the last today from 3 plants that I had in a Gro-bag in the Greenhouse. Although they were all a good size altogether they only yielded 7.5 lbs. Did you have a good crop?
Good crop here Dottie, more by luck than by judgement I suspect ! First time in a proper greenhouse and they are still producing. We bought some 1/2 doz small mixed plants from a man just up the road, Golden Sunset, Gardener's Delight and Alicante, just 20p each and one had 2 "free" seedlings in....they have grown the best because I put them in a large pot, rather than the grow bags. The only thing I would say (and don't have enough experience to say why) is the skins seem a little tough, although the flavour has been perfect. Treehugger gave me a list of companion plantings (I can forward to you if you like) and I grew French marigold/Tagetes at the base of the Toms, and no pests !! well a few slugs, but got rid of those by other means !!
first year in goodness knows how many years i didn't grow toms as i have had 3 bad years, of tom blight, and bad yields because of adverse weather.the tough skins. can be as a result of a number of factors.1. Under watering - they are thorty little things, and need water early morning or late evening.2. High temps - esp if in a greenhouse, make sure your greenhouse has adequate shading, with high quality fine netting that you can keep up inside your greenhouse with little green round clips, that untwist for removal at the end of the season for greenhouse cleaning/de-bugging. lasts for years this netting its about 2 foot wide on lengths as long as you need them. also open the greenhouse door and vents and windows - better still get an automatic opener - that opens as the temp raises and closes as the evening draws in - its on a piston type thingy.3.the variety of tomato - plums/beefsteak variety's to name 2 will have a much thicker skin.
his has been my best year ever growing tomatoes.Huge trusses, great flavor. Grew in large plastic pots up against a wall on the patio. Stopped at 5 trusses. Fed every other day and water very often.
I had a fantastic year with my tomatoes - Gardeners Delight, Golden Sunrise and a new variety for me Gormande, a knobbly large tomato with a flavour to die for! I put them into pots for the first time and fed them when I watered them and watched them flourish in the heat of this year's summer! With six plants outside I am still eating the crop as they ripen with their companion banana in a bowl in the dining room. Good fruit, good trusses (4) per plant and will grow them again next year, again in pots.
Has anyone else tried to get some indoor hyacinths and found the price of them horrendous! The "prepared" bulbs for indoor growing are about £2 - £3 each where I am, including on the local market! I eventually found three bulbs in a pot with stones and a glass container in, of all places, Sainsburys, for £7!!!! They are grown suspended over water and not in soil but that was the way that they were always grown years ago - I remember doing something similar when I was at school as well as with a runner bean!!
I grew the Gardener's Delight and Golden Sunrise too Katrina, and also Alicante, they are still ripening on the vine, and very flavoursome. I bought as small plants for 2op each and got two free seedlings which I put in a pot, (the others in gro bags) these two have grown the best so next year it will be all pots for me. Think I will try another variety next year too.....really been worthwhile. Cucumbers ~ was given 6 plants by my neighbour and really there were too many, I've have about 6o cucumbers from them so everyone gets one to take home !!! also grew some chilli's Basket of Fire and Cheyenne. Companion plants were Tagetes , and they are still growing well , and parsley, welsh onion and a few herbs thyme, margoram and mint. Had no pests to speak of so the Companion planting did work.
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