Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tomatoes in the greenhouse

Greenhouse tomatoes

Today I have planted out 3 types of tomato in the greenhouse: Beeksteak, Cossack and Sungold. I have a 4th variety - staying under glass for now - Orkado, which will be planted outside once frost danger has passed. I've pasted some descriptive notes below.

If you look very carefully, in the foreground, you will see the companion planting of French Marigolds and between the tomatoes the early salad leaves. Tomatoes still in pots are the Orkado to go out eventually.

TOMATO Beefsteak – In or Out
Large, juicy beefsteak tomatoes! The vigorous plants are ideal for an unheated greenhouse

TOMATO Cossack
Cordon. In or out
Similar to ‘Moneymaker’ in fruit size, Tomato ‘Cossack’ produces good crops of round, greenback-free fruits, weighing75g (2½oz) each. The first trusses of this F1 hybrid are early to ripen, and good resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Fusarium and Cladosporium, makes this an excellent garden variety. Suitable for cultivating as a cordon outdoors or under glass

Cordon.  Outdoor
This superb outdoor cordon variety is perfect for growing in unpredictable British summers. The trusses of Tomato ‘Orkado’ are early to ripen, bearing an average of 8 round, deep red fruits per truss. The firm, well-flavoured, medium sized fruits, each weighing up to 140g (5oz), resist splitting and are ideal for slicing.

TOMATO Sungold
Cordon.  Inside
An outstanding cordon cherry tomato for glasshouse or outdoor culture. Tomato ‘Sungold’ has an exceptionally high sugar content, that easily rivals ‘Gardeners Delight’, making its attractive, golden-orange fruit irresistibly sweet and juicy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Potato Beds

Two of the three potato beds planted, with first and second earlies, the ridges of soil will be used for earthing up as leaves appear.

The varieties are Accent (E), Foremost (E), Toluca (E), Charlotte (2E), Juliette (2E), Marfona (2E)

If you follow this blog, you may remember that last year I was in two minds about growing Toluca again, as they seemed very prone to splitting. However, we decided they deserve a couple of rows because they taste so good.

First and Second Early Potato Beds after planting.

Tools of the trade

 Compost Tray, seeds trays and labels and raised beds in the background. The distant ones still have the last of the kale and purple sprouting broccoli producing quite happily.
On the left, hard to see in this picture, are garlic, shallots, onions, and beyond them, a bed of broad beans.
You can just make out the greenhouse, lined with bubble wrap.
I have 4 water butts, I wonder if that hose is soon to be banned - it has been a very dry spring.
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