The Land Rover Owners Wife


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A touch too green for a greenhouse

Chocolate Cherry, Amish Paste (in the middle slot), sulky side shoots and a cucumber.

Chocolate Cherry, Amish Paste (in the middle slot), sulky side shoots and a cucumber.

I had been putting it off for a while (again) but this weekend, with some unexpectedly dry (although generally dull and overcast for the most part) weather on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, I finally started the laborious task of cleaning the greenhouses. To be completely honest, it was the need to set up the growbags for the tomatoes and cucumbers that was the driving force behind my spring clean and so I set to and started to clear out the smallest of the greenhouses.

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Tomato shoots the final update and an ‘aaahhh’ moment

Fledgling blackbirds taking a bath

Fledgling blackbirds taking a bath

With a sudden surplus of home grown tomato plants and no room for any more, I was almost disappointed when all the tomato side shoots I planted the other week, took and started to grow. I counted them up the other day and I had something like 15 side shoot plants as well as approximately 16 plants grown from seed, 2 plum tomatoes which a friend gave me and the Sweet Millions I got at the village plant sale.

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Tomato Side Shoots: Nip and Tuck

Truss forming mid stem above the leaf joint

Truss forming mid stem above the leaf joint

It’s been a busy old weekend this weekend with numerous jobs needing to be caught up on, one of which was the re-organisation of the small greenhouse to allow me to set up the growbags and supports for the cucumbers and tomatoes and which can be seen here.

It was whilst planting the tomato plants out that I realised there was  another job that needed doing and that was the nipping out of side shoots (also known by some as ‘armpits’). Continue reading