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Seed Collection

Person Author: Sojali Farm Calender January 11, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment No Comments
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Gathering tomato seeds is not as scary as it might sound.  After growing a few different varieties you may find one that you like so much, that you want to ensure you will always be able to have the seeds to grow your own at home without the risk of the shop your bought them from not stocking them next year. All you need to do is take a few simple steps and you can guarantee that next year you will have the same tomatoes that have enjoyed in the past and without having to hunt down elusive seeds. Firstly, we need a few bits and pieces to enable us to gather those seeds, namely, a tomato. Pick one that is ripe from a disease free plant. You will need a bowl, a sieve, some water and some paper towels. Slice the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds with as little ‘jelly

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)

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Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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Hairy Beast

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 28, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Have you ever wondered why tomato plants are hairy? There must be a use for all those hairs right?! Yes there is, more than one and more than you all think. The tomato hairs are called glandular trichomes, yes sorry if it is a bit too scientific but it is very interesting, for me at least. Lycopersicum esculentum is the scientific name of the tomato. Wild tomato or I should rather say Lycopersicum species are more hairy, and the glandular trichomes extract some very useful molecules called glucose esters. Just to make things more complicated there are different type of glandular trichomes and they don’t extract the same molecules in the same concentrate. Cultivated tomato varieties have been intensively selected for productivity, shelf life of fruit, and therefore the genetic dive

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Strip or not to strip

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 28, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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Have you ever wondered if you should remove the lower leaves of your tomato plants? Once someone showed me a picture with hardly any leaves on his tomato plants, wasn’t a pretty sight, it was like a sheep after shearing, and then he wondered why the fruits did not grow bigger. It is just like everything else in life, do it with moderation! It is wrong to think that exposing the fruits to direct sunlight will encourage them to ripen faster; it is actually the right temperature which speeds up ripening and not the sunlight. In the greenhouse especially direct sunlight on the fruits can be harmful as it could overheat the fruits and blotchy patches will appear on them. I know it is not really a problem outdoors right now, but indoor tomatoes already bear fruits and I will have to paint m

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Tomatoes in bloom

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 20, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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Tomatoes started to flower outside finally. In this weather everything takes ages to grow outside, but at last my tomatoes started to bloom so my gloom is easing a bit, this is when I get very excited and brew my own liquid feed for the plants. I always put some half ready compost under the plants but that is never enough for the hungry tomatoes, especially on my plot where the soil is full of stones and clay. Throughout the growing season I feed my tomatoes and peppers every week with a light green home-made feed and always have a good crop, always when there is no blight. Of course the indoor tomatoes formed the first trusses and the fruits are forming nicely, but when it starts happening outside too is when you know that summer is on the way. More flying pollinators are around

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Planting out tomatoes

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 12, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment
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If you are growing tomatoes it is a good time to plant out your plants to their final position if you have not done so yet. Generally it is not recommended to plant out your tomatoes earlier than the very end of May. From a late March sowings mine were just ready to go out (read almost pot bound) from 15 cm tall pots. As the tomatoes are hungry creatures and love water I would suggest you dig 3 times bigger whole than the pot the plants are in and add 1 or 2 spadefuls of homemade compost. If you don't have compost don't worry you can always give your plants a good homemade nettle and comfrey feed. I don't always have compost and find that feeding the plants with nettle feed really helps them grow and given that the summer weather is well, summery I always have bumper crops even on heavy

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Curled tomato leaves

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 29, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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If you have a small greenhouse or polytunnel in your garden or allotment plot and you find that your plants, especially tomatoes, have curly leaves don't be afraid. The curling is almost entirely down to the fact that the night temperature is much lower than the daytime temperature. In the greenhouse in direct sunshine at around 2pm the highest I have measured was 45 Celsius with vents and door open; there was no wind whatsoever at that time and after midday is the hottest time of the day. And during the night the greenhouse does get nearly as cold as the outdoor temperatures believe me, which still can be around 10 Celsius. The plants in your greenhouse make a surplus of food during the warm daytime and the cold nights slow down their biological activities therefore they cannot abs

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