Tomatoes like to grow in different ways. Some varieties like this Tumbler tomato
like to grow in a bush. These Determinate plants
send out lots and lots of side shoots and produce fruit from many different trusses.
Sometimes with the best will in the world I can't get my tomatoes to grow up a single stem, like this Beefmaster tomato,
it just wants to send out side shoots everywhere. I have given up with this plant and will give it 3 or 4 canes to support the plant then it can do whatever it likes.
Other varieties like this Sungold tomato
are Indeterminate plants
. They grow up a single stem and can reach heights of 8 feet if allowed at the end of the season. Pinching out side shoots is still necessary, but once a good height is reached then it is probably better to pinch out the lead shoot so that the plant can devote more of its energy to producing and ripening fruit instead of height.
Meanwhile my lovely Masterpiece Broad Beans
are showing signs of life. I look forward to picking my first crop of tender beans in a few weeks. Actually, you can pick them whole when they are this small size and cook them like a mangetout. I've never tried it, perhaps I should... seems like a waste of beans to me... perhaps I might try.
I bit the bullet this week and planted out some of my squash plants. A generous gift from my Blogfather Stan, some Patty Pan squash, Yellow Scallop squash and some Lebanese Squash
. I've not grown any of these before so I look forward to seeing what happens.
I bought some sweetcorn seedlings because all my self sown ones failed to germinate. It is still a bit too cool to plant out, sweetcorn just love the heat... will we ever get a Summer?
And finally, I picked a bucket full of nettles this afternoon. Weighted down in a bucket and filled with water this will make a powerful liquid feed
in a couple of weeks. Pegs on noses when it does mature!