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Tomatoes: Removing Side Shoots or Not

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      The Tomato plants that we have grown from seed or purchased as plants are now growing fast. A question often asked by new gardeners is 'Do I remove the side shoots from my tomato plant'? Well that depends, there are two basic types of tomato. The first are called 'Determinate' or Bush types. These include varieties like 'Tumbler', 'Totem', 'Minibelle', 'Garden Pearl' and cascade varieties. You DO NOT remove the side shoots. These tomato plants know what they are doing, hence the name Determinate. They will grow outwards forming a mound or stay small and bushy, or cascade down. These determinate or bush types are great to grow in pots, tubs or even hanging baskets. The second type are called 'Indeterminate' commonly called Cordon or Vine tomatoes. T

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Bank Holiday Madness.

I called in at my local garden nursery today, I was wanting some of that  black weed fabric to cover a weedy patch. As I walked through the doors, everywhere were bedding plants, hanging baskets and trays and pots of vegetables. There were thousands of them, and it struck me, Bank Holiday Madness! People will be flocking in droves to Garden Centres, DIY Stores and Garden Nurseries this Bank Holiday weekend, spending lots of money on 'tender' plants and vegetables. Folks will be attracted by exotic colours of lovely bedding plants, and the thoughts of 'growing your own' will tempt many to purchase tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies with very little thought to the plants needs beyond pots and compost. While this is of course is great and wonderful, I wish more information wa

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Make space for chickens

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender April 27, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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Image courtesy of Ryan's Garden Keeping chickens at home or at the allotment is becoming increasingly popular and when you look at the positives of doing so it’s plain to see why so many people are doing it. Yesterday, the Seed Parade forums went crazy with chicken talk and so I thought it only right that we acknowledge our feathery friends. Chickens make excellent pets and offer hours of entertainment. Any chicken keeper will know just how easy it is to simply sit and watch these creatures go about their daily lives. Watching how chickens interact and behave, depending on their place in the pecking order, is truly enthralling. Chickens are often very fond of human attention too. Three of my chickens, which I keep at my nearby allotment, battle for attention and make a racket when y

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