Showing posts with label tomatoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tomatoes. Show all posts

Growing Tomatoes in Containers or Raised Beds

Tomatoes are the most popular crop grown by home gardeners worldwide, and perhaps, the most difficult plant to achieve consistent results year over year.Tomatoes require a porous soil mixture that permits good drainage, allows good root growth and adequate oxygen in the root zone.
Balanced nutrition consisting of:
Major Nutrients: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K)
Secondary Nutrients: Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), and Sulfur (S)
Micro nutrients or Trace Elements: Boron (B), Chlorine (CI), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), and Zinc (Zn)
The proper soil PH to enable our plants to extract the nutrients we have provided to the soil, according to experts, is around 6.0 to 6.8. With neutral PH at 7.0, then tomatoes prefer to grow in slightly acidic soil.
Often times, we achieve an excellent soil mix by adding all of our primary, secondary and micro nutrients. We care for our plants daily; yet still have spindly plants, watery fruits, and even experience blossom end rot, where we achieve beautiful fruits but they rot away on the blossom end. This is caused by the plants inability to take up Calcium.

(One successful container tomato grower in Nashville, TN USA.)

A closer look at Calcium (Ca):

Calcium is essential for many plant functions, including:
Proper cell division and elongation
Proper cell wall development to provide strong cell walls to resist disease
Nitrate uptake and metabolism to support plant and fruit growth
Enzyme activity to enable photosynthesis and development of plants sugars
Starch metabolism in plant leaves
With Calcium playing such a central role to our tomato crop, it's critical to understand how to make Calcium available to our plants.

A brief explanation:

Calcium is found in adequate quantities in most soils formed from limestone (Calcium Carbonate) or Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate). The difficulty is that 98% of the Calcium found in soils is not in a soluble form and cannot be taken up by plant roots. Additionally, as soil PH increases, insoluble Calcium may bind with Phosphorus, creating Ca-P compounds that are not readily available to plants.
In many cases, we are advised to add egg shells, lime, gypsum, or other forms of insoluble calcium to our plants with mixed results, particularly for pot-grown plants.
So, what is the answer to solving the Calcium conundrum in tomatoes:
Calcium Nitrate is a completely soluble form of Calcium and Nitrogen, which can be mixed with water and applied to the plant's root zone similar to other liquid fertilizers.
In emergencies, it can be mixed and applied as a foliar spray to provide a more immediate boost to the plants.
In its soluble form, the Calcium can be immediately taken up by the plant. The Nitrogen component is converted by microorganisms in the soil to ammonium. The ammonium then becomes the source of plant nitrogen for amino acid formation, and thus, all plant proteins.
Bottom line: add the forms of Calcium your prefer to the root zone, but help insure the results of your tomato crop, by utilizing a fertilizer that contains a soluble form of Calcium and Nitrogen throughout the growth of the plant.

Jamie Oliver at Home ep.8

Peppers and Chillies

With peppers and chillies on the menu, Jamie makes a delicious spicy pork goulash using a variety of ingredients from the capsicum family.

The chef goes back to his roots, literally. From his Essex kitchen and garden, Jamie Oliver shows how easy it is to grow fantastic fruit and veg, and turn them into simple, delicious food.

Jamie Oliver at Home ep.8
Jamie Oliver at Home ep.8
Jamie has chillies galore in his greenhouse, and that's good because he's addicted to the endorphin rush he gets from the hot peppers. Now he'll help you make your own mouth burn with an appetizer prepared in his outdoor oven, and two entrées, including one from a homemade smoker.
• Roasted Peppers with Chillies & Tomatoes
• Spicy Pork and Pepper Goulash – Served with Parsley Sour Cream
• Smoked Salmon with Chilli Salsa

Jamie Oliver at Home ep.7


Everyone loves potatoes and Jamie is no exception. He enthuses about these underground jewels and makes the perfect potato salad using freshly dug wonderful new potatoes at their best.

The chef goes back to his roots, literally. From his Essex kitchen and garden, Jamie Oliver shows how easy it is to grow fantastic fruit and veg, and turn them into simple, delicious food.

Jamie Oliver at Home ep.7
Jamie Oliver at Home ep.7
Jamie goes digging for gold today when he harvests his potatoes and then uses them in some creative recipes. 
• Perfect Potato Salad 
• Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Tomatoes 
• Spanish Omelette

The Beechgrove Garden ep.8 2016

In the Beechgrove Garden, Jim is starting off new varieties of tomatoes and he's going to try them in a range of new tomato growing gadgets. Brian Cunningham, head gardener of Scone Palace, is back continuing his revamping of the Beechgrove alpine garden.

 This week, Brian finishes off the hard landscaping and starts the planting. Jim and George's busman's holiday continues in the Netherlands and this time they visit the world's largest cut flower auction at Aalsmeer, near Amsterdam.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.8  2016
The Beechgrove Garden ep.8  2016

This week sees the start of the tomato growing season at Beechgrove. This ear we are trying some new and old tomato varieties and some old tried and tested growing methods as well as some new ones.
One new variety of tomato Jim is growing this year was ‘Tourance’ which will be compared with older varieties that have been grown before at Beechgrove. This new variety is supposed to have excellent disease resistance and very uniform fruits so is good for showing.
Methods Growbags.
3 plants planted in each growbag. Firstly the growbags would need to be puffed up like a pillow bolster before planting. Over the growing season these would gradually go flat however, with not a huge amount of root room.Add Collars.These are placed in the growbags and filled up with compost to 1 inch from the top. They add depth to the growbag and also help with drainage.
Growing bags.
These are the equivalent of growing tomatoes in the ground. However they do require the equivalent of 4 growbags of compost to fill each one.
Gadgets Autopots.
This is an irrigation system which has been used at Beechgrove before. Jim also uses it with great success at home. It has a reservoir which irrigates the autopot system by gravity.
Hozelock planters.
These were trialled last year at Beechgrove and are going to be used for a second year to iron out the watering problems that we had last year. It consists of a trough filled with water with spikes in the
bottom covered with capillary matting. When you place the growbag on top of the spikes it is pierced
The plants are then irrigated by the water taken up by the capillary matting.
Growbag tidy.
This consists of a trough which props up the growbag on its side creating a larger planting depth
for the tomatoes. Jim was not too hopeful of this gadget but it did have built-in supports for the plants.

Beechgrove Garden ep.14 2015

Back at Beechgrove, Jim checks up on the progress of his tomatoes and there's lemons for gin and tonics up in the conservatory. It's all looking very rosy when Jim meets the Duchess of Northumberland at the spectacular Alnwick Garden, one of the world's most ambitious new gardens.

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There's plenty to catch up on at the Beechgrove Garden and a bountiful harvest to enjoy too. At Cove allotments, near Aberdeen, the small plots are packed in cheek-by-jowl making it easy for the plotters to socialise and of course, learn from each other. As Jim says, 'every day is a school day'.
How to achieve amazing amaryllises and productive pepper plants.

Beechgrove Garden ep.14 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.14 2015