Posts Tagged ‘growing tomatoes’

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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Survived and producing tomato plants

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender August 19, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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Back in June blight and various fungal diseases ruined the outdoor tomatoes. Not only the tomatoes got destroyed but also my emotions too as I love growing them; so I left them untouched and watched nature taking its toll. And to my surprise with the summer weather the tomato plants got a complete new life and sort of outgrown the diseases. I suspect that it is down to the better weather and to that I mulched under the tomato plants with a tick layer of woodchipping. This not only helps suppressing the weeds but also keeps the soil moist, even today I checked after all these sunny days and the soil underneath was wet, and as the wood breaks down provides some nutrients too to the plants. It was essential as I completely neglected the plants, didn't water and didn't feed them at all sin

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Where do tomatoes come from?

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 31, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 3 Comments
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Ripe tomatoes Tomatoes are ripening in greenhouses all over the country by now. The outside crop unfortunately failed again this year at most places as the weather was more than unkind to growing this warmth loving vegetable, or is it a fruit? Everything has happened this year what tomatoes don't like: sitting in cold water, cold days and nights, strong wind, no sunshine. The above big-bite sized cherry tomatoes are the heirloom Black Cherry tomato, which is one of the tastiest cherry tomatoes you can grow. The fruits are a bit bigger than the Gardener's Delight for example but still can call it a cherry. Where they come from? Tomatoes originally come from South and Central America. Some research trace the tomato all the way back to Peru. Where the fruits were small and green,

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Tomato crop only in the greenhouse

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 24, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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Well the sunshine has arrived but for my outside tomatoes a bit too late. As you can see in my previous post they have all sort of sickness. The fungi spores have definitely arrived with the wind as the outer leaves and the top of the plants are affected first and now it is spreading slowly to the lower leaves and fruits too. I suspect it is a combination of fuzarium and blight so not much hope for a harvest but I leave the plants in for one more week and see what happens. I have done the same last year and had no luck but if this sunshine will last then I might get lucky and have a few ripe tomatoes. Ohh the good old days, about 3 years ago when I had an amazing crop of tomatoes; I had about 120 plants cropping each to the full. But it is not all lost; look at the tomatoes in the green

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Sick tomato plants

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 20, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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In this wet and humid weather most of us didn't have a chance to grow tomatoes outdoors successfully. I thought I had managed to escape the early blight what was reported in several part of the country but if blight don't strike something else will in this weather. This year is the best for all sorts of fungal diseases as they love humid conditions and cooler temperatures. Sometimes it is not easy to identify the diseases but you don't always have to. One rule applies to all of them: destroy the affected plants as oon as you are sure that it is a fungi, burning is your best option. All the fungal diseases can survive in the soil for years so crop rotation is essential if you had some sort of tomato diseases, don't grow the plants at the same spot next year. Fuzarium wilt What my

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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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