Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Today at 1:11 pm

» Coffee Substitute?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:09 pm

» Today's Harvest
by yolos Today at 12:49 pm

» Using city water, how does your comsumption increase
by yolos Today at 12:35 pm

» Howdy, from Central Florida
by AtlantaMarie Today at 9:26 am

» Biochar?
by SQWIB Today at 8:18 am

» My Compost Bin
by SQWIB Today at 8:09 am

» Tomato Questions
by sanderson Today at 3:32 am

» A really, really Frugal Gardener
by sanderson Today at 3:30 am

» Worm bin?
by sanderson Today at 3:24 am

» Compost pit?
by No_Such_Reality Today at 12:05 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in October 2017
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 7:33 pm

» N & C Midwest: October 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:20 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY - ENDS 10/20/17
by brianj555 Yesterday at 11:20 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:55 am

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by brianj555 Yesterday at 10:36 am

» Spaghetti Squash ?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:28 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Sat 21 Oct 2017, 5:34 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Sat 21 Oct 2017, 5:16 pm

» Frames for SFG Beds - Versitile PVC frames for Protection
by sanderson Sat 21 Oct 2017, 4:10 pm

» California's Drought
by AtlantaMarie Sat 21 Oct 2017, 10:04 am

» Hello from a 7b zone
by AtlantaMarie Sat 21 Oct 2017, 10:00 am

» Newbie from Ayrshire, West Coast of Scotland
by plantoid Sat 21 Oct 2017, 7:27 am

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson Sat 21 Oct 2017, 12:08 am

» Mels book
by sanderson Fri 20 Oct 2017, 11:54 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by countrynaturals Fri 20 Oct 2017, 11:34 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Fri 20 Oct 2017, 3:38 am

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by sanderson Fri 20 Oct 2017, 3:07 am

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by LizDTM Fri 20 Oct 2017, 12:21 am

» How to Grow Better Tomatoes
by countrynaturals Thu 19 Oct 2017, 7:59 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Tomatoes potted up

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Tomatoes potted up

Post  plantoid on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 5:42 am

Finally,
 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

 Tip
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
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3737
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tomatoes potted up

Post  sanderson on Fri 17 Jun 2016, 8:44 am

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

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14797
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum