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02 May 2010 17:24:24


Got my tomatoes in the ground today. I'm almost a full month later at doing this task than last year! It's been so slow to warm up.

Tomatoes are going at the front of the greenhouse border and courgettes and Turk's Turban squashes will go at the back, when it's warm enough. There are also 3 Cobaea planted at the back for shading and general appearance.

I rigged up some bamboos, secured with fishing line, for each of my 12 border tomatoes. The ones in the borders will tend to do a lot better than the plants in pots.

The line up from front to back - Reis, Reis, Black Krim, Black Krim, Oregon Spring, Alaskan Fancy, Peace Vine, Suncherry (from collected seed) and then, courtesy of Mr Chilipepper, Costoluto F, Red Cherry, Brandywine & Amish Paste.

I also potted on all of my other 31 tomato plants, also in the greenhouse. The Siberian ones are doing particularly well and I am looking forward to an early harvest from them.

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Noelfitz Noelfitz 02 May 2010 18:24:14


you really are a great worker.

 Have you any suggestions about my non-floweing Amelanchier canadensis?

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2010 18:50:19

By God, Rachel, all those tomatoes are going to turn your hair red. Hee hee. Well done. Lots of work today. Fair play to you.

MartinB MartinB 02 May 2010 18:59:49

Very impressive set up there Rachel, well done.

Djouce Djouce 02 May 2010 19:09:45

Hopefully you get some sun to ripen these tomatoes. Last year was a disaster for ours. All green going with cherry varieties this year.

Krista Krista 02 May 2010 19:17:01

Was doing the same today. Only half way there yet. I also think that tomatoes do much better in the border. Have some grown from Dave seed as well. These were sown later than my own and look much healthier. I bet we will have fab harvest:)

Myrtle Myrtle 02 May 2010 19:51:29

Yours are looking a lot bigger than mine! Hope they all do well for you.

Rachel Rachel 02 May 2010 21:18:40

Sorry, Noel.

Better red than dead, Jacinta : )

Thanks, Martin.

Djouce, the greenhouse is the making of tomatoes. You don't have to be so reliant on weather. We had a great crop last year.

I hope you are right, Krista.

Thanks, Myrtle.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 02 May 2010 22:21:24

Potted on my 7 Roma tomatoes today but long way behind yours, plan to grow mine in pots in the tunnel, have lots of others doing well in tunnel but will be a while before thet're potted on.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 May 2010 22:23:14

Normally all my toms go into growbags. This will be the first year I have put them into pots, as I know they love a good deep root run. So here's hoping..... It will be interesting to see how border-grown ones do compared to potted ones.

HeadGardener HeadGardener 03 May 2010 09:42:57

Very organised looking Rachel, I have'nt gotten mine in yet but hope to do so tomorrow, I think everything is months behind this year. Sent you an email about the willow by the way or give me a call about it.

LindaB LindaB 04 May 2010 12:13:26

They look great Rachel.

Rachel Rachel 05 May 2010 21:37:21

Thanks, Bill & Linda. Keep telling me I'm organised, Bill. I might begin to believe it : )

HeadGardener HeadGardener 06 May 2010 00:46:09

Your Organised - Believe !!


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