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Growbag Trial Update: Fruit-Set, Ripening and a Disorder or Two

So far the ‘Maghrebi’ tomato plants have been doing well in both the peat-free and peat-based growbags, but neither have been completely problem-free.

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Greenhouse Growing Plot #59 Trials and Observations

Growbag Trial: the Tomatoes Are In

This year I’m trialling the new SylvaGrow Peat-Free Planter from Melcourt, one of which I was very kindly sent for the purpose.

Last weekend I set the planter up in the allotment greenhouse, alongside a control / comparison in the form of a bog-standard growbag…

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Spring-Cleaning Our Main Greenhouse

With a solid twelve hours of traditionally Mancunian rain forecast from 14:00 hrs yesterday, I thought I’d nip out in the morning and give our still-newish main greenhouse its first ever Spring Clean. It’s a wet and messy job and, as I usually aim to get it done in February before the germinating season kicks […]

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First Germination of 2017

The developing theme for this week seems to be “emergence”. On a personal level, I’ve emerged from my Deep Dark Revision Cave, sitting four RHS Level 2 exam papers yeesterday, and am once again able to focus on things that don’t necessarily have a Latin binomial or a key role within a cohesive garden design […]

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First Seed Sowing of 2017 – Chillis Are Go

It’s still very early in the sowing and growing season, of course, but there are one or two crops that can benefit from starting off in January. The hotter members of the Capsicum family – chilli peppers – are one example, and so, as I did last year I’ve sown four varieties and tucked them […]

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Tromboncino Results: Bit of a Poor Showing

Earlier this year I decided to have a go at growing tromboncino squash with a view to entering the Sutton’s Cup competition to grow the country’s longest / largest fruit. Well, the closing date was September 30th, and I took a photo of my best effort on that day: As you can see, it barely […]

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A Pretty Decent Chilli Harvest

Well, the chillis that I sowed back in January and have been nurturing in the greenhouse have been steadily growing away; setting flower, fruiting and now ripening up nicely. Here they are the other day: I’m quite pleased with the size of the plants and the number of fruits, considering that it’s my first year […]

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Tromboncino Update – Disaster Strikes!

Well, that’s nature for you. Just as you think you’re developing a potential Sutton’s Cup prize-winning specimen, you take your eye off it for a minute and along comes a cold snap, or a dry spell, or something else entirely (maybe not quite enough food at quite the right time?) and this sort of thing […]

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Quick Greenhouse Update

Our 8’x10′ greenhouse has been a hive of activity – seed sowing, pricking out, potting up, potting on – since early March. But as most of the plants have now been moved outside to their longer-term homes, things are a bit more sedate now, with a few of the more tender and/or heat-loving plants settling […]

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Greenhouse Growing Plot #59

Tromboncino Update – We Have Fruit!

Reqular readers with a long memory may recall that this year I’m attempting to grow a tromboncino squash or two with a view to entering the inaugural Suttons Cup competition. Just a bit of fun, like, and as it turns out, a rather useful comparative growing experiment as well. There are two plants on the […]