22 May 2011 13:47:53
Increasing your tomato stock
A very cheap and easy way to increase your tomato stock is by using the side shoots that you would normally discard! if you want to add a couple of plants to your stock let one or two side shoots on the parent plant grow to about 3" to 4" in length before removing them, place them in a small glass of water so that the bottom half of the stalk is submerged and place the glass out of direct sunlight, after about a week the roots will have formed, take the plant out and pot it up!
11 May 2011 13:21:11
Nelly Moser for Ternie
Hi Ternie, took a close up photo of the flower of Nelly Moser for you, more petals on this type i think, each flower has 8 petals ...........
11 May 2011 00:56:45
We have now got all the toms, chillies, peppers and aubergines in their final pots, we have 35 tomato plants in total this year, 6 are bush cherries that will be grown outside in window boxes, the remaining 29 plants are split between the greenhouse and polytunnel, much more manageable than last years total!! most of the plants are in flower and are around 2ft to 3ft tall, all have had their canes inserted and have been tied in, all got their first feed last week, will take a few photos tomorrow and post up an album, we also have 8 chillies, 5 sweet peppers and 2 aubergines in their final pots, also we have a few tomatillo and chili plants coming on (thanks to Rachel) but they are only in their 3" pots at the moment, slightly further advanced we have melons and cucumbers which will go into their final pots early next week, that will be both the tunnel and greenhouse full up!!!!
10 May 2011 13:25:20
Golden podded pea
I put up a post about these peas a couple of days ago, when in the garden this morning i noticed that the pods are now starting to form, delighted with that!!!
10 May 2011 01:54:12
This is a clematis we have had for about 6 years, it is growing in a pot with a metal obelisk, it is placed in a semi shaded area of the garden, it is thriving this year after Maggie pruned it back hard! really lights up its shaded surroundings!
05 May 2011 13:15:46
Golden pea flower
This is the second year for me to grow this variety, was really impressed with it last year, unlike most garden varieties it is a tall variety, growing to 6ft, and produces a large crop of sweet flavored golden yellow pods which can be picked and used young or left to mature peas, the golden yellow pods makes them really easy to pick also! lovely flower on this plant also makes it an attractive addition to the garden, as it comes true from seed you can leave a couple of pods on the plant to mature and collect the seeds for next years crop!
04 May 2011 21:59:08
New Poly tunnel
Finally today i got the new poly-tunnel up in the orchard, it measures 14ft x 6ft and i am delighted with the extra space it gives us, that's the last of the structural work in the orchard garden for this year! apart from the original 5 trees that are there since the 1930s we have added 3, 16ft x 4 ft veg beds, 3, 7ft x 3ft and the 14ft x 6ft poly tunnel, the tunnel will be used for about 12 tomato plants 6 chili plants and maybe a couple of aubergines or cucumbers! will put up an album of how things look so far, by the way the best part is that i picked the tunnel up about a year ago for around €70 on the net!!!