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Grow Your Own / Re: De Colgar (storage) tomatoes
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 18:14 »
Real seeds says
The idea is that you pick them at the end of them summer and put them carefully aside in your cool larder (much as you would store apples); with a bit of care they keep until January! We have tried this several times and it really does work.

(Just as with apples, you need a slightly humid but well-ventilated store, with a steady temperature ideally about 8-10 C. But if you don't get it quite right they still store better than other tomatoes.)

BUT de colgar or ramalet means for hanging, in the med the plants are just uprooted and hung by the roots in a shed or cellar, or tied in strings like chilli ristras. I suggest a basket/tray under them to catch any that fall, rather than them make a mess.  ;)
Grow Your Own / Re: yellow tomatoes
« Last post by chrissie B on Yesterday at 17:46 »
They are a lovley yellow and only a couple blemishes no rot we have eaten a few.
just wondering where they came from hubby suggested a bird but i think it must have been a flock  :D
chrissie b
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by madcat on Yesterday at 17:25 »
Veg soup for dinner tonight - got some pork stock out the freezer for a base and we will see what there is in the fridge.  Beetroot greens, parsley, carrot, pakchoi ......
57mm of rain in the last 48 hours with very strong winds yesterday. The last of the rain passed through about 2pm and we now have a sunny, still evening.
Went for a walk through the fields with the idea of checking out the sloes, only to find that somebody had beaten us to it!
Too slow for the sloes!!
Grow Your Own / De Colgar (storage) tomatoes
« Last post by MustbeMad on Yesterday at 16:36 »
I have grown De Colgar tomatoes from Real Seeds for the first time this year.

As these are supposed to be more suitable for storage I was just wondered if anyone had any experience with these and if so when it is best to pick them? And how to store them?

Mine are a good size but do not look like they are going to go completely red.
Despite the forecast of rain this morning it was bright and warm, t-shirt weather, so managed an hour and a bit at the allotment  :D

It has slowly got cooler, then darker and darker this afternoon until I've had to switch the light on. Looks like we may get some rain later, instead then  ::)
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 16:19 »
I had the rest (2 bowlfuls  ;)) of yesterday's soup for lunch, so tea will be a cheese n onion toastie with some tomato and cuke on the side :)
Grow Your Own / Re: The green manure debate
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 16:15 »
I'm not sure I agree, I think green manures are as good as compost for adding nutrients, which means neither are that good tbh.
NPK Nutritional Values of Animal Manures & Compost Etc.

Even animal manures aren't that good at adding nutrients, unless you can add them in huge amounts. It's more a question of improving the soil structure with either animal or green manure, to allow roots access to what's already in the soil.
Grow Your Own / Re: Soft fruit advice
« Last post by snowdrops on Yesterday at 16:00 »
If all take you best get ready with the recipes lol. They fruit on last years wood, so to answer your question they’ll fruit the year after next
Grow Your Own / Re: yellow tomatoes
« Last post by JayG on Yesterday at 15:45 »
If you're sure they would start to turn to mush and rot rather than turn red yours is/are probably one of the naturally yellow varieties - quite a few out there.  ;)
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