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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by donnyboy on Today at 02:11:56 PM »
On the weekend I started tomatoes, capsicums, and eggplants in a heated propagator. No sign of life yet.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by nickolya on Today at 01:33:36 PM »
That's a great selection of capsicums, Grub. Have you grown poblanos before? I keep finding Mexican recipes that use them (either fresh or dried) but I've never seen them for sale even at the farmer's market.

I just planted a new row of snowpeas (Yakumo and Oregon) and sugarsnap peas (Cascadia and Sugar Bon). I'm tempted to plant some more regular peas as well. My first crop is just finishing, and snacking on them fresh while I work in the garden is one of my favourite things in the world. I'm just a bit concerned that I might have left it a bit late because the weather is starting to warm up already; nights are still cold but it's a sunny 25°C today!
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by pinefamily on Today at 12:19:51 PM »
I've started tomato seeds in our bay window in the kitchen, along with a couple of capsicums and basil.
2.Tomatoes / Re: Single-truss pruning technique?
« Last post by nickolya on Today at 11:11:31 AM »
Hi Shmack_1, so good to hear from someone who has tried it, and thanks for pointing me towards the Johnny's website I'll definitely check it out. 30cm spacing is amazing! My book said the plants would end up about 50cm tall- does that sound about right to you?

I'm wondering whether it might be worth trying over the cooler months when sunburn is less of an issue; obviously the plants weren't offering much shade protection even though they were planted so close together.  Were you growing over summer or across a few different seasons? And would you mind sharing what types of tomatoes you were growing? If sun damage is the main challenge, I might be able to get away with it if I plant some cherry varieties which seem to hold up much better for me when it gets hot.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Grub on Today at 08:25:46 AM »
Started capsicums and eggplants indoors. This year I am growing Bullshorn, Cubanelle, Poblano, Anaheim, Jalapeno, Jimmy Nardello, Choc Beauty and Marconi. For hots I'll be repotting the razzmatazz which looks like it will survive the winter again no problems and hopefully last year's Jalapenos too.
As for Eggplant I am growing Black Beauty, Red Square and Tsakoniki. Hopefully the Red Square will germinate this time.

Also sowed shiso (tiny saved seeds which are much smaller than the bought ones, must be a different variety, fingers crossed for germination), parsley, 2 types of lettuce and 2 types of spinach.

Transplanted out some mixed leaf lettuce and another row of peas in each trough.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you harvest today ... 2017
« Last post by Grub on Today at 08:20:06 AM »
I harvested some bolting wombok and used the leaves like buk choy. I haven't been able to grow a head yet, probably keep planting it wrong time of year. Tasted pretty good though.
2.Tomatoes / Re: Single-truss pruning technique?
« Last post by Shmack_1 on Today at 06:57:39 AM »
Hey mate, I've tried it in the greenhouse last year on about 60 plants, with about 30cm spacing. I probabably won't do it again because I found without a lot of leave coverage I got a lot of sunburn. The North Americans like doing it because in a lot of places they need all the sun you can get. Johnny's seeds in the US has some good tutorials on it and other methods.
2.Tomatoes / Single-truss pruning technique?
« Last post by nickolya on July 25, 2017, 09:27:17 PM »
Hi everyone, thanks for letting me join the forum!
I just finished reading Craig LeHoullier's book 'Epic Tomatoes', and I'm really keen to grow a whole bunch of different tomato varieties side-by-side to see how they do here in Brisbane. For a few years now I've been pretty conservative and stuck to a small number of varieties I know will perform well over summer (Black Cherry, Gardener's Delight, Yellow Pear, Yellow Currant), but it's time to have some fun and give in to the tomato fever! I'm not super concerned about the overall yields- I just want to use this year to find some exciting new varieties and experiment to see what works and what doesn't. 

I'm pretty limited for space, and I'm wondering whether any of you have experimented with the one-truss pruning technique? I read about it in a book by James Wong; apparently it was developed in the 1960s by a British researcher called Dr Allen Cooper, who was looking for ways to reduce time and labour costs associated with pruning and training indeterminate tomatoes. The technique is to pinch off the growing tip of the plant 3 leaves above the first truss of fruit, and then removing all side shoots. Apparently you're supposed to prune as soon as the first truss of fruit sets. The book says that although you only get one truss of fruit per plant, because each plant is so much more compact you can fit more into the same space and achieve similar yields.

I did some googling to try and find out more, but although it sounds like a common technique in hydroponics I couldn't find much information about it in a garden context. Has anyone here ever tried it? I usually grow my tomatoes as cordons anyway, and I'm wondering what sort of spacing they would be using? I'm also a bit concerned about the increased risk of fungal problems if I tried planting really densely, especially when the weather starts to warm up.

I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts
Vegetable Garden / Re: Diploid TPS for sale
« Last post by Troppo on July 25, 2017, 09:45:25 AM »
If anyone wants to do some experimenting with true potato seed, I have some packets of diploid potato seed for sale at $4 per packet of 200 seeds (includes postage).
Diploid potatoes produce lots of colourful flowers and the tubers are small, tasty and many colours of flesh and skin. They are not self pollinating and the flowers are very fertile so you will get lots of berries to save your own seeds from.
The potatoes are great for boiling and potato salads, and no need to peel, which is great as they have deep eyes.

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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you harvest today ... 2017
« Last post by pinefamily on July 24, 2017, 05:02:52 PM »
Decided the onions were a disappointment, hardly forming below ground for some reason; not cold enough? Dug them up, and turned over the bed ready for a summer crop.
Silverbeet is the garden gift that keeps on giving. Will harvest the first mangel wurzel tomorrow, and maybe some pak choy.
How long had your onions been in, PF? And what variety? I'm no great onion grower, but my autumn planted ones mostly just sit there over winter, then smash away in spring. I'm not sure how your daylength might influence bulbing as well. You're about the same latitude as sydney, aren't you?
I planted both seeds and seedlings in a warmer than usual autumn. I thought they would have been ready by now, perhaps I just jumped the gun. Oh well, at least one bed's ready for summer crops.
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