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Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2023
« Last post by Hampshire Hog on Today at 10:37 »
Just watered the beetroot and peas and beans in the conservatory.
Tomatoes have germinated in my propagator. Canít do much else as Iím still at home with Covid!
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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomato Recommendation
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 06:13 »
Over-watering toms is an interesting point...

Our very best Shirley last year, by a country-mile, were the half a dozen plants I literally chucked into a spare area of soil, all scrunched up next to the runner beans, and they just romped away!

I always grow Shirley in the GH, and also in various locations around the house, all in pots and trays, and they are the staple tom here! We try and remember to pick them before we water/feed them!

I was going to try and do just one plant per 10" pot this year, but have bought far too many seeds, (first lot took ages to germinate, and I thought I'd lost them, then they all came through a couple of seconds after I'd rushed out and bought some more seed, which are now well on their way...), so I'll do what I normally do, plant two per pot and increase the yield everywhere!

I'm also trying a new one for me, Orkado, but only have seven plants at the moment! The rest of them are Roma from a free packet I was given last year on the instructions that a chum could have the plants, as she can never seem to get them away..:0~
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Grow Your Own / Re: Levington seed compost
« Last post by Nobbie on Yesterday at 22:32 »
I'm in the process of trying some peat free compost as a trial and just a a trial  I'm more than happy using my clover peat based for my seed sowing and I am somewhat surprised that Levington compost is as bad as you say it is so thanks for mentioning that Candide one brand Il keep clear of buying in the future

I'm dreading the day when they ban the sale of peat based compost because this peat free is to my mind not up to the peat based standard and if you sieve it you will  end up with only half a bag for seed sowing if that and you know where yo can stick your wood fibres and that's not in my seed tray and lets look at cost some of the peat free composts that  some favour is more expensive than a good  peat based one so does that make any cense to buy it and then adding nutrients  to the compost that should last up to 6 weeks without adding any nutrients come back peat based all is forgiven

Just checked and theyíre banning it in 2024, so Iíll be stocking up this year. Donít want to be caught out like I was with slug pellets.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Whatís for tea 2023
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 20:43 »
Tinned chicken soup and a couple of slices of toasted seedy bread.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Whatís for tea 2023
« Last post by Lardman on Yesterday at 19:55 »
Friday chips. Bit of a snafu as the only thing I had to put with them was a cajun chicken bake and I'd planned on doing cajun chicken tomorrow with some thighs which need using  :nowink:
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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomato Recommendation
« Last post by argonaut on Yesterday at 18:52 »


I like Tigrella too and is probably my recommendation as it's standard size and taste you are after.

Might also be worth seeing if you could get away with watering the Shirleys a bit less this year to see if that helps the flavour profile. Easier said than done I know but over watering can dilute the flavour. I've been amazed how little water I can get away with in my PT.

Watering is set by Quadgrows so can't water less.    I see if I can get some Tigerlla seeds
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Grow Your Own / Re: Levington seed compost
« Last post by rowlandwells on Yesterday at 18:11 »
I'm in the process of trying some peat free compost as a trial and just a a trial  I'm more than happy using my clover peat based for my seed sowing and I am somewhat surprised that Levington compost is as bad as you say it is so thanks for mentioning that Candide one brand Il keep clear of buying in the future

I'm dreading the day when they ban the sale of peat based compost because this peat free is to my mind not up to the peat based standard and if you sieve it you will  end up with only half a bag for seed sowing if that and you know where yo can stick your wood fibres and that's not in my seed tray and lets look at cost some of the peat free composts that  some favour is more expensive than a good  peat based one so does that make any cense to buy it and then adding nutrients  to the compost that should last up to 6 weeks without adding any nutrients come back peat based all is forgiven
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Grow Your Own / Re: Tomato Recommendation
« Last post by Potty Plotty Lotty on Yesterday at 17:45 »
Tigerella for me!

I like Tigrella too and is probably my recommendation as it's standard size and taste you are after.

Might also be worth seeing if you could get away with watering the Shirleys a bit less this year to see if that helps the flavour profile. Easier said than done I know but over watering can dilute the flavour. I've been amazed how little water I can get away with in my PT.





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Chatting on the Plot / Re: WORDLE
« Last post by MrsPea on Yesterday at 17:00 »
 4  today  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's the weather like where you are? 2023
« Last post by wighty on Yesterday at 16:48 »
A bit brighter than it has been lately.  Still with a chilly breeze (penalty of being on the coast I suppose).  But it's stayed dry  so far today.
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