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First time I tried them, didn't expect them to take over that section of the garden so much and pinching off the male flowers has helped bring a goodly amount of female flowers. Need a few decent squash recipes now.

 

Peppers and Aubergines doing well also.

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My aubergines are doing really well, for the first time in a long time.

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I had blossom end rot this year in my outdoor bush tomatoes, could it be the dry weather?

 

Decided on a bush variety (Sub Arctic Plenty) because I got fed up with the Gardeners Delight going mad with side shoots last year, couldn't keep up with it!

 

 

Nick.

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I had blossom end rot this year in my outdoor bush tomatoes, could it be the dry weather?

 

Decided on a bush variety (Sub Arctic Plenty) because I got fed up with the Gardeners Delight going mad with side shoots last year, couldn't keep up with it!

 

 

Nick.

 

It could just be intermittent watering, or maybe the variety.

 

I use Red Alert as my outdoor toms. A bush variety, so no problem with sideshoots. Loads of nice fruit too

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I have all "Moneymaker" in the garden, suffered massively last year with the very wet autumn and a lot of blight, this year staked them up a lot and took off many of the lower leaves to try and keep the lower parts dry after rain.

 

Got a decent crop and they are just starting to ripen.

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Shirley, money makers, and cherry toms have all done well this year, I didn't pick out side shoots on the cherry toms, but all have had very decent crops, they been ripening very well on the vine, we've had a good couple of kilos so far this year.

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I always like to grow one beefsteak tomato, this year I was struggling to find one but saw that the allotments down from Crosspool towards Rivelin (Hagg Hill?) were having a plant sale, I got a Marmande tomato plant. The first tomato weighed about 12 ounces and was the weirdest shape. I don't think I have grown it correctly I missed some of the side shoots but it has a really good number of tomatoes on. I made a mistake of cooking most of them but tried one the other day, I can honestly say I think it was the sweetest most juicy tomato I have ever had. Next year I think I will grow some from seed. Just took 7.5lbs of plum and Money Maker out the greenhouse one of the MM weighs almost half a pound.

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Do you find the beefsteaks difficult to ripen ian? I always fancied growing some but I struggle to get regular tomatoes to ripen before October

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Do you find the beefsteaks difficult to ripen ian? I always fancied growing some but I struggle to get regular tomatoes to ripen before October

 

No they have all ripened fine, they are grown in a greenhouse though. I had about 8.5lbs off the one plant, the first one I had off was 11th August and the last one about a week ago. Next year I will probably grow several of the Marmande plants. It has been a good year, better than last few years, had about 80lbs off in total. The greenhouse is almost empty now just a few plants left with maybe 3 or 4 pounds left on with about half almost ripe.

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I had slow ripening outside too, so I picked them all green a few weeks ago (to avoid the blight) and put them on the window sills inside - using all our tupperware. Just about keeping up with them ripening with making chutney and soup.

 

Already got next year's seeds, going to try Outdoor Girl for the first time.

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We had 100's of cherry tomatoes this year. First real serious attempt, and it succeeded from about 18 plants in grow-bags & pots.

Towards the end we had an absolute glut of them, and we were giving bowls of them away and making chutney!

They've about done now, but it's been a brilliant growing year for toms.

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I emptied the greenhouse last week and all the unripe tomatoes are in a drawer or boxes covered up to ripen, will then cook them and freeze them.

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