Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Amazing tomatoes!

Just look at the lower truss on this tomato variety called 'Ildi' A couple have set fruit, I wonder whether the plant or its cane could support so many tomatoes! Let's wait and see. On the subject of tomatoes, a great tip from Bob Flowerdew on Gardeners' Question Time this week was to hang a banana skin up next to your green tomatoes and this produces a ripening hormone which will turn your tomatoes red faster. Apparently lots of commercial growers use this method to bring their crop forward. I have used this technique before in my fruit bowl at home, after having bought some goddam awful fruit that will not ripen. Let's give this a go.

All hail Saint Bob !

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