GOOD GROWTH MEANS TIME TO TIE UP TOMATOES – FIRST WEEK IN MAY 2011

Now that Summer is officially here, the rate of growth is accelerating with greater light levels and rising temperatures. I can re-use the string I used last year to tie up the organic tomato plants I bought from Sonairte at Balbriggan Fish and Farmers’ Market last Friday morning.

The varieties are ‘St Pierre’ and ‘Diplom F1’ and ‘Tumbler’. Tumbler I am told does not need support but with my small greenhouse, I want to train it upwards to give it good light and make picking fruit in a small space easier.

I still had old stalks of teasel and fennel which now need to be chopped back so new fennel, for example, can grow unimpeded. These brittle stalks are handy as twigs for the pea and bean plants to grow up. These supports may not be vital just yet, but the blue skies and calm conditions could easily change to driving wind and rain in coming weeks. That is when these supports will come into their own.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Prescient Trevor – plenty of wind and driving rain since you wrote that. Good thing you put the pea sticks in.

    Reply

    • Absolutely Kathy,

      All is not lost if weather turns foul as more runner beans are germinating in pots to go out in couple of weeks. The sheltered garden aspect is a big help meanwhile. Hope you are well. I’ll be in Sonairte Thurs afternoon to harvest for Balbriggan market.

      Regards,

      Trevor

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