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Tomatoes potted up

Post  plantoid on 6/17/2016, 5:42 am

 Today saw me finally manage to pot up my tomato plants that were sown on 27 April 2016.
 The *&%$£@ slugs ate the first batch  that were potted up on the 24 April .

 Desperate to make sure none of the seed & potting up compost had any slugs or slug eggs in it I half filled a bucket with nigh on boiling water and gently stirred in the seed growing mix , then left it over night to cool.

Cooked slugs and their eggs for   cold breakfast is not a pleasant sight nor a healthy thought .
 I drained the MM off and left it to dry out a bit on a couple of 1/4 " mesh garden sieve screens .
The resultant leachate/ tea  was strained through a sock and used as a liquid feed on our Rhubarb which is now growing like a Triffid farm .

 Once the seed mix was reasonably dry I sowed new seeds including the last three of the " Big ugly "seeds  that I got from Josh ( who used to frequent the site ) then  put them in the heated UV led lit chest . It didn't take long till the minute toms appeared and another few days for them to be transplantable .
 Meanwhile I purchased a package of Nemaslug nematode slug control  ( two treatments by post six weeks apart for 45 sq yards . Made it up as per the instructions and checked that the soil temp was right then using a new cheap plastic watering can ,  dosed not only the veg & flowerbeds & the lawns but also a three inch thick layers of newly finished MM spread over the green house floor & for the next five weeks I'vee kept it , " growing fit moist " .

This appears to have been a very very good idea for whilst collecting it up , sweeping the floor glasshouse  & potting on with the MM today I saw no evidence of slugs whatsoever , but found plenty of nice baby earth & brandling worms . Hopefully this treating of the MM with the nematodes will have knocked the slugs on the head , under the right conditions it is said that Nemaslug can kill off slugs for up to six weeks  & as said the next installment is due here next week .
  Around the time I sowed the toms I used what would be the Tomato growing tubs as starter tubs to get 15 specimen dahlia's to break out in shoots & perhaps leaf. 
One of these Specimen tuber clusters cost me nearly £ 9.00 ( $14 )& it went rotten in the tub& died  Sad
It's been such lousy wet weather her for May & June  that when I took them out of the tubs only a few had issued shoots & leaves the remainder were just on the point of putting out shoots despite having them out in the glasshouse .

So if the wet continues like it has been of late it looks like we will be eating lots & lots of green fried tomatoes No and home made chutney .
Either that or we buy some really bananas to place along side the toms & let the gas off the bananas ripen the green toms as we need them & the gas off the toms ripen the bananas

Home made fruity sweet tomato green & red tomato chutney  is even better if you add the same weight of both toms  in marrow that's been peeled & diced
 We have recently opened the last but one jar of the above pressure canned tomato chutney , it has matured fantastically and is extremely superior to that which we sampled two weeks after it was made  in July 2014


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Post  sanderson on 6/17/2016, 8:44 am

Hi there, my fave Welsh writer happy hi I'm sorry you have had uncooperative weather. Ouch on the Dahlias. $$


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