Sunday, May 27, 2018

12 Aug

On holiday but lots of growth

The Gardener of the West has been away on holiday with his family in France, so apologies for my lack of communication.  Going away is always difficult because nobody looks after your precious vegetables like you.  I am lucky I have my mother-in-law close by, who is able to water but still, having been away for just 10 days I had to spend a good hour or so in the greenhouse getting rid of all those shoots that appeared and how they grow!!!!!


You will see from the photos below that the greenhouses are doing alright, the tomatoes are forming well and more and more flowers are appearing, we have now picked a good couple of pounds of fruit but we are definitely behind where we would normally be, due to lack of sunlight.  However, I do believe this is a very important time to look after your tomatoes.  If you don’t keep up regular watering (everyday) and feeding with a good quality fertilizer at least once a week, you will not get the best out of your plants.  If you have got split, tuff skins, black spot at the bottom of the tomato or lack of fruit forming, you are not looking after them properly.  If you have any of these problems, please email and I will do my best to help.


My cucumbers as you will see on photo 2 are doing alright. I have three plants in greenhouse one and we have already picked seven cucumbers  - planting them on a small hill as my father said, seems to have worked ok.


Finally my last bit of advice if you are watering – do so morning or during the day as plants don’t like to go to bed with their feet wet this is particularly the case for tomatoes.



Next week I will update you on my chillies and peppers – until then Happy Gardening!



Your Gardener of the West


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