Friday, November 18, 2016

Growing

The poor tomato plants suffered twenty four hours of the most terrible cold gusting winds. A few leaves were lost and a few 'burnt', nevertheless it is thriving and we have flowers.


A few days old on the larger plant.


Brand new today.

25 comments:

  1. Crikey Andrew ... you're lucky I'm not there. I'd pee on it. ... Charlie

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    1. Charlie, how could you. We do wash our vegetables.

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  2. Tomato flowers! How exciting!

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    1. Jennifer, I think the flowers mean tomatoes, but I am not sure.

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    2. yes, the flowers mean tomatoes.

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  3. We lost some of our basil plants (sigh) but the tomatoes are going well. I always find it exciting. Yay for home grown tomatoes. Which are sooooo much nicer than anything in the shops.

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    1. EC, with my limited knowledge of cooking, I think you can survive without basil, but never without tomatoes. Our el cheapo Asian green grocer with less than perfect specimens of fruit and veges has much better tomatoes than the supermarkets.

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  4. Ah, spring! We now have winter to get through first.

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    1. Walt, I so enjoy via my blog reading the change of seasons in your hemisphere. I been reading the dread of the European winter for many years now. Yet, of recent years it has been quite mild.

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  5. My word it's doing well. Tomatoes galore for you then, nothing like a freshly picket tomato from a bush/tree that has not been put in the fridge.

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    1. Margaret, I suggested to R that tomatoes should not be put in fridge, he said, they will go off quickly, and they do go off quicker, but they are so much nicer if never refrigerated.

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  6. Home grown potatoes great idea and good luck

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    1. Gosia, potatoes should be easy, but how to make them look decorative. Style over substance.

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  7. Tomatoes are tougher than most people think apparently. It might be the same nature principle as pruning a tree or when it dries out during a drought. For the sake of survival, nature will send a bigger than usual set of flowers or blossoms to develop fruit that will (in the wild) drop and release seeds to start the next generation.

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    1. River, so maybe I well have a bountiful crop because of the cold winds.

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    2. They do need warm air to ripen, so hope for warm sunny days too, but not hot or the tomatoes can burn, especially if the sun is directly on the fruit. Maybe put an open umbrella in the pot, deep enough so it doesn't fall out.

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  8. You are in for yummy salads with home grow tomatoes, how luscious Andrew. From personal experience it makes no difference to the length tomatoes stay good if they are kept in or out of the fridge. I prefer out, they add a splash of colour on the breakfast bar.

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    1. Grace, tomatoes do look attractive when on display. I heard recently that storing tomatoes in the fridge kills off a beneficial element in them, I can't remember what. The longer they are stored in the fridge, the more of the element is killed.

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  9. Here's hoping mine do as well as yours seem to be doing. I only have a couple of flowers on my plants. Still all this nice warm weather and water will help :)
    Tomatoes for Christmas- that's what all we small time gardeners wish for
    isn't it lol

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    1. Cathy, maybe we will get a decent number for Christmas. I can imagine most of them will be consumed straight from the vine. I treat tomatoes like fruit.

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    2. Because tomatoes ARE fruit. Shelved with the vegetables, but they are fruit.

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  10. May you be blessed with plentiful fruit Andrew.

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    1. Thanks Ad Rad. It almost sounds like I am going to have children. I used to try.

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  11. How exciting! I'm living vicariously through your tomato plantings!!

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    1. Fen, seldom have I been so interested in watching paint dry.

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