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Planting out tomatoe plants

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Due to, too much light, my tomatoe plants have “bolted”, and are very “leggy”. Anyway best plant them out, there not going to produce tomatoes in the porch!

before planting out

before planting out

A stack of growpots, helps promote growth and saves water. This year I’m using two growbags to double-up the depth of compost. The growpots will also help as more compost is deposited in the collar.

tomatoe plants planted out

tomatoe plants planted out

tomatoe plants next to greenhouse

tomatoe plants next to greenhouse

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Cheap Growbags

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
I purchased ten Bulrush Growbags from Somerfields today, cheap at £1.29 each, well cheaper than my local garden centre. I was going to have them delivered and save my back and car, but free delivery was only available over £25, and I would have to have purchased another ten!
Ten Bulrush Growbags

Ten Bulrush Growbags

 I’ve never heard of Bulrush growbags, but these are for my tomatoes when I put them out at the end of the month.

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Tomatoe Update

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

An update on the tomatoes and chilli plants growing in the porch. Tomatoes are doing very well, chilli plants are very slow growing, I may transfer into 3″ pots now. I’ve been asking people, if they want any free tomatoe plants, not had any takes yet! I don’t know what’s the matter with them, if I was offered FREE tomatoe plants, I would take them. The weather has been so warm outside, that two of my tomatoe plants were severely affected by heat and wilted, one has recovered fully, the other looks very poor.

Tomatoe Plants in Porch

Tomatoe Plants in Porch

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Tomatoe seedling update

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Since transplanting the seedlings into 3″ pots, they’ve started to romp away and grow very quickly. Here are some updated photos. The only small issue one of my trays has sprung a leak so when watering, water gets on my shoes, underneath in the shoe rack. I’ve applied a little bit of science this year in growing tomatoes, rather than plant any seeds, I’ve gone for early cordon and bush varities. I’ve only planted half the allocation of seeds I received, the other half can be used next year, but out of this half, only 1/4 germinated, but I still have too many plants for me! So I’l be gving some away! The varities being grown are:-

Bush Varities

  • Red Alert
  • Tumbling Tom Red
  • Gartenpearle

Cordon Varities

  • Black Cherry
  • Money Maker
  • Alicante
  • Tigerilla
  • Golden Sunrise
  • Genovesa Costoluto (Italian seeds)
The porch where they are located was getting a bit cold at night, and also there is a small damp issue, because of a poorly fitted damp course, so I’ve installed a Glen tubular electric heater on a timer, thermostatically controller, so if the temperature falls below 20 degrees C, between the hours of 12.30 – 7.30 GMT, the 200 watt heater comes on. (I’m on Economy 7, so 200 watts of electric is neglible, when your average is 3 kwatts a day!).

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