Posts Tagged ‘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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Early June Garden.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 9, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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Hard to believe we are in June now. The good weather we have had over the last couple of weeks has really made a difference. Everything is growing so fast, I can hardly keep up with the potting up, tying in and pinching out! I have baby tomatoes set on some of the early plants, young peas and broad beans and flowers on my chilli's. My bush tomatoes were planted out in pots and tubs outside last week and are looking good with lots of flowers. The bed and borders are full and lush, with little spare space for any new plants, but as I have grown oriental poppies, helebores and himalayan cowslips from seed, I will have to find room somewhere! The soft fruit is looking great and there is a good set on the currants and blueberries. My garlic that was planted in October is gro

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Spring is FINALLY here!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender April 19, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment No Comments
Peas ready for planting out.

As the evenings are getting longer, we’ve been lucky enough to spend a couple of evenings after work down on the plot. And what’s made it even better is that the sun has been shining! This means we can get on with all the jobs that have been put on hold from last month because of the freezing weather! So this week we planted out our ‘Douce Provence’ peas into our raised beds. They’d come on well at home in the cardboard toilet roll holders we planted them in and we just planted them out in these. Steve put some branches/twigs into the bed for the peas to climb up, as he thinks he saw it on Gardeners World or something! I’m not convinced, I think they just need caning, but we’ll see! We planted the peas alongside our other broad beans, so now we have all the legumes in

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More Rain and the Edible Garden Show!

Chitting our potatoes.

We were planning to spend some time down on the plot on Sunday but it didn’t happen because of the pouring rain! We like to think of ourselves as hardy gardeners but there really wasn’t anything we could have done gardening-wise! I really hope the weather improves soon; it has to, doesn’t it?! It’s been raining all morning here but it finally looks like it might it might stop and brighten up. It’s just a shame it’s a workday for me, otherwise, I’d be heading straight down to the allotment with the first promise of sunshine! Sunday wasn’t a complete write-off in the end though, as we just decided to spend the afternoon in our local village pub reading the Sunday papers by the fire with a couple of pints of cider ; ) At home, we’re busy chitting our potatoes in

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Spring has Sprung!

Broad beans seedlings.

As spring has sprung, we decided to spend Saturday afternoon down on the allotment and what a lovely afternoon it was! The sun came out and at times, it really did feel like spring was in the air! We hadn’t spent much time down there recently so it seemed like there was a lot to do. I guess that’s always the thing with gardening. So we weeded all our raised beds and checked on how things were doing. The things we planted in late autumn last year like garlic, bunching onions and broad beans are all doing well, so that’s good to see! We filled our last raised bed and cold frame with a mixture of topsoil, compost and charcoal. It’s good to know that everything is good to go as things warm up. We planted out our broad beans (‘Aquadulce Claudia’) that we have brought on

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Tomatoes are flowering in the greenhouse

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender September 20, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 2 Comments
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  Okay, I know it is September but my Black Russian and Black Cherry tomatoes in the greenhouse are so happy. The sunny days we had the past two weeks helped them grow really strong, the soil in the greenhouse must be still full of nutrients as I did not feed the plants for about 6 weeks now. I have doubts for the Russian one as the large fruits probably will not form now, but the Cherry may be producing into November if there will be at least some sunny days. I had Sungold in the greenhouse 2 years age and I did definitely picked some pathetic but tasty tomatoes in early November. It is a strange growing season, which gets even stranger with the tomatoes flowering right now, but who knows, just let them get on with it and we'll see.  How are your tomatoes doing?

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Tomato Sauce

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender September 8, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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Tomatoes are still producing very well in the greenhouse and I managed to save some to make a decent amount of sauce. As the outside plants have been destroyed by blight I managed to make 2 big jars only. Well, more than nothing and it will be nice to open them in January. I use home grown ingredients only, that what makes the sauce really special but you can of course use shop bought tomatoes; they are in season I have seen them 79p a kilo at the local shop. So even if you don't have any home grown vegetables you and still make your own tomato sauce, it is always better than buy the ready stuff in the jar. What I use: tomatoes, onions, garlic, few peppers, basil, oregano all home grown. And salt and black pepper of course; and a pinch of sugar if the tomatoes too acidic.  The qua

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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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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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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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