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Tomato time II - 2015


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Lius
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ yaut - WOW is that greenhouse heated? mine is not.


@ tagwex - I probably passed you on my way to Carnew from Dublin a few times since your kind offer but never had the time to stop-in. I'll have to try this year.

The test of the new plot in Portrane worked well last year, Sarpo Spuds did well. I increased the planting area and changed to new spuds this year and they are quite tall already. I also planted Broccoli and Red Onions, Oca goes in next. Most of my other veggies will be grown at home again. I need to invest in a mechanical cultivator if I expand any more as my back is sore from digging the heavy sandy soil.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will have to come a lot further south than Carnew to find me Lius.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I have a Tumbling Tom growing under plastic outside I bought it in plant form and on the kitchen window I have a Black Cherry and an Heirloom unnamed variety. I am waiting for my hobby tunnel to be put up but the way the weather is today I have plenty of time. It is supposed to warm up tomorrow and the rest of the week though


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lius wrote:
@ yaut - WOW is that greenhouse heated? mine is not.
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nope. my greenhouse is 10mm polycarbonate on wooden frame. night have been very cold this year. minimum night temperature rarely gets over +10C even in the greenhouse. last night it was 6.6C.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To all you tomato specialists. This is my first year with a greenhouse (ready in May) and also first time growing tomatoes. I had them growing in the house and moved them out to the greenhouse in May. I have approx. 30 plants and 5 varieties. Pleased with the produce, will be eating the first ones tomorrow for lunch, yellow ones. There are a lot of fruit on the plants and they are of a reasonable size but they have been much the same size for the last two or three weeks and still green. So here is the amateurs question, does it take heat or sunlight to ripen them or am I being impatient and should give them more time?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My tomatoes that I grew indoors, to be raised in my mini greenhouse were a disaster - my own fault as I couldn't get a new cover for the greenhouse in time, before going on hols. What has done quite well is a hanging basket that I bought ready planted and hung in my open, lean to shed - it has a corrugated plastic roof. Though its yield is beginning to peter out nor, it's still producing some fruits and they are ripening fine, even on vines that look quite withered - probably wind-blasted. I dumped my chilli plants today. Not a single fruit! Even the most favourable windowsills were no good this year.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've also had the worst year ever with tomatoes, and I love them so they got lots of attention...you cannot eat the watery shop bought ones once you've had your own. We had some inside and one plant outside and all failed
But this summer they just never got enough sun and the few that did were gobbled by the three small people here (ditto the strawberries, which were more successful, all outside!)

But I usually let them go red before picking them but I've been told to put yellow ones in a drawer and they'll ripen - or is my father-in-law laughing at me??
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It works!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can leave semi ripe tomatoes on a window ledge and they will ripen in one or two days.
Anyone going to answer my question? ?
Yesterday I removed a huge amount of foliage to let more light in.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't think you, of all people, would be taking advice from Monty Don!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes put in a drawer. When I was moving mine initially a few fell off and they were small and green. I put them in a drawer and forgot about them. Last week I discovered them. Red and ripe. Put a banana in too this ripens them quicker. It's the potassium in the banana.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have said it before on here. I gave up watching Gardeners World about 6 years ago. I have not watched one episode in that time whereas I avidly watched it for 20 years prior to that. There are 2 reasons for this - Monty Don and Carol Klein.
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This boy can really sing http://youtu.be/Dgv78D2duBE
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tomatoes have been painstakingly slow this year. Sunlight has been at a premium. Lets hope the cold weather is late coming too to give more time for ripening...

On a slightly different point, has anyone ever tried keeping a good plant inside during the winter and using side shoots in the spring to get a head start on next years growing.
I was thinking of trying it with a Tumbling Tom plant this year...

Any thoughts anyone?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep Geoff Hamilton was a hard act to follow. I remember video taping him on Gardeners World and going crazy when him indoors taped Football over it . Ha Sacrilige. Don't know the answer to the last question tho.Anyone ? ?
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