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  1. Kinnon

    Kinnon Well-Known Member

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    Bugger!

    No idea what variety - I don't eat the things. The trellis is almost as tall as me and they're in a pot so didn't think they'd grow that much.... One of the plants is covered in flowers so I guess that means it will fruit soon so will see if my husband can identify them.

    My poor sage is being overshadowed. I actually thought they'd just die. I guess they're thriving to spite me! :p
     
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    Allow about a metre. You will want to have them staked well before they fruit.
     
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    @Kinnon Bell Wot @geoffw said!

    Tomatoes typically grow to at least a metre, our Tommy Toes grow to 2+. If you want juicy, flavour full, tomatoes for pots, grow Tiny Tims they are great cherry tomatoes.. They only grow to a height of 30-40cm. Perfect for flat dwellers.

    You need a sturdy structure for tomatoes since once they fruit, and if its the "determinate" type, it will fruit all at the same time and you will end up with 5 kg or more on the vine which can cause the plant to collapse.

    We always plant "indeterminate" types so they continue to produce fruit for months until it gets too cold for them or the frost kills them.

    And water them every day.
     
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    We're about to change our tomato structures to something similar to this using star pickets and galmesh. We buy these materials from rural suppliers which are dramatically cheaper than the likes of Bunnings. Star pickets from Bunnings are about 3 times the price and not as thick / strong as rural fencing star pickets.
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    Winter Tomatoes.

    While tomatoes are generally a spring-summer-autumn crop you can grow then in winter if you have a sheltered warm position. You need shelter to stop the frost killing it.

    We have a big pot with 3 Tommy Toes in it, up against our north facing wall under the eaves.

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    This group of plants has continued to produce fruit all through winter.

    This what we get from it on a weekly basis...

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    Once we have the main crop going we will empty the pot, put new soil in it and prep it for more winter tomatoes.

    If you have the space you could put up a sizable green house and produce summer crops all year round.
     
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    I live in a greenhouse :p

    All points noted, thanks.

    This is them now:
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    They were 2 pretty much tiny dead plants a month or so ago....
     
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    I've often seen that in supermarkets.

    Cairned tomatoes.
     
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    A small selection of odds and ends picked from the garden. Unfortunately much to my wife's displeasure I have a bad habit of eating produce as I pick it so a lot of the smaller stuff doesn't make it back to the house:). I tell her I didn't eat anything but this morning she said "well that's strange how come your fingers, lips and mouth are purple?". Bugger, the mulberries gave me away:oops:.

    Items apart from the more obvious include pink grapefruit, mandarins, mulberries, white carrots, garlic ... :
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    I have a black thumb! We've just put up a vege garden and everything that I plant in there is dead or dying. :(
     
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    My thumbs are near black as well but it's from eating mulberries:D.
     
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    My wife also :D

    The FIL had several years of bad luck with his veggie garden and moths savaging his produce, even the chilli's were eaten with delight by these little suckers, we purchased him a walk in greenhouse but they still got in and made fat little caterpillars.

    Last year whilst at Bunnings telling his story of woe to one of the gardening ladies she suggested he was planting too early, he then tried a second/later crop and voila, no little white moths and a crop of abundance
     
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    Were they really white moths? Or redwing moths?
     
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    So, there's hope for me yet?
     
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    Pictures? - seeing what's happening with them might give us all clues to a fix :)
     
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    So we planted out the Romano beans, Tommy Toe tomatoes, Pakchoy and Silverbeet today.

    The picture looks like we planted the pots but they're actually bottom less and the white things are cutout sections of 2L milk bottles.

    We use these a shields around the new plants to stop the Black Birds digging them up. We remove the shields once the plants are big enough not to be disturbed by the birds.

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    Do you realise that when you were told to grow a pear, that's not what was meant? ;-)
     
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    We've mainly dwarf varieties of fruit trees in our garden, along with a variety of herbs we use in cooking

    Just had a quick scour through some photos to see some of the produce, lunchbox (flat) peaches, blueberries, apples and pears from the garden below

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    The small plants don't sweat inside the milk bottles? I tried milk bottles around some small plants and they died from what appeared to be heat stroke. Maybe my milk bottles were too high so the breeze couldn't blow across the top to moderate the temps.
     
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