The “sow-a-long” starts today so I hope you will join me and sow a few tomato seeds this weekend!
If you don’t have the time right now, you can sow anytime up to the end of April and expect to get a successful crop before the end of the season.
The sow-a-long is at: https://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/sow-a-long
Below is a list or glossary of tomato growing terms and frequently used jargon that I hope will be useful to browse.
Blight (tomato/potato), brown areas on the edges of leaves which can spread and kill the entire plant. A fungal disease caused by wet conditions.
Blossom Drop, pollination has not taken place usually because of dryness at the roots and in the air.
Blossom End Rot, Leathery dark coloured patch at the bottom of the fruit.
Bush Variety, 1-2½ft high needs no removal of side shoots, supporting or stopping.
Calyx, is the little green crown at the end of the branch directly attached to the tomato.
Cordon Variety, grown as a single stem, needs side-shoots removed, support and stopping.
Determinate, is a bush variety.
F1 Hybrid, a cross between two varieties chosen because each has particular traits that the grower wants to cultivate.
Greenback, fruit remains unripe around the top because of too much sunlight or too little potash.
Heirloom, is a variety that has been around at least 50 years and be open-pollinated. To have stood the test of time they have some quality attributes.
Indeterminate, is a cordon (tall) variety.
60 Days From Transplanting, means 60 days from planting in final position until fruit is ready for picking.
Open-Pollinated, is a variety that holds on to the parents characteristics generation after generation.
Perlite, is naturally occurring siliceous rock. It provides aeration and optimum moisture retention for superior plant growth.
Side Shoots (suckers) , a term usually applied to shoots that grow between the main stem and leaf branches of cordon varieties and are removed.
Split Fruit, a sudden increase in size causes the skin to split due to inconsistant watering or a deluge of rain.
Truss, is a branch from the main stem on which tomatoes grow.
Vermiculite, is a naturally occurring mineral compound composed of shiny flakes, resembling mica and very absorbant.
Wetting Agent, added to water so that moisture is able to penetrate all of a soil area and not leave dry patches.
Next week we’ll discuss playing it safe and sowing varieties that are most likely to succeed in a poor summer.
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