Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tomatoes for Christmas

It's now 3 weeks out from planting my tomato plants, so today they got potted up to bigger pots, as they're drying out too much in the foam cups I usually grow in. 

Here's some photos of what they look like, including the medium that they're going to grow in while in 140mm pots.

Grandfather Ashlock
Striped German
Some 'special' additions to the Potting Mix as seen in the bottom photo.. 

 Grandfather Ashlock
 Striped German

Friday, September 7, 2012

2012/13 Tomato Season has kicked off

Another year and another Tomato Season has begun, hopefully it will be a good year, but tomato plants can be finicky and you always seem to take what you get. I started off earlier this year due to work commitments, my first variety down was UK2000 as I wanted these as my main crop variety, and they never let me down.

I sowed my tomato seed on the 18 July 2012, 10 days earlier than my normal start date, but I doubt a few days will matter all that much.

My final list for the season will be :-

Orlinyi Klyuv
Shkharnyi Zhelty
Striped German

UK 2000 which are already up, plus waiting on seeds for one other variety.

About the time I was ready to prick out, I received a seed swap from a grower on Tomatoville, offering Herring Strain and Cen-Tex, family favourites that had been grown in his family for a number of years. I sowed a few seeds of each and will grow them for seed this time around.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Winter Shrub Cuttings

While I had the heat mat on with the Tomato & Capsicum seeds, I took advantage of the spare room on the mat and took some Winter cuttings in the hope of some success. Considering it was a cold Winter, I had fairly good results, although some plants were never going to cope with the below ordinary temperatures. An old favourite of mine is Grevillea iaspicula, which never lets me down, plus amongst the other plants there were Correa's, Darwinia's and Acacia cognata 'Limelight'.

Here are some that made it.