13 July 2018 Ultra Boy Tomato


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No cracking was apparent. A bit of green only.
 
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It's great getting your first tomato of the season, isn't it?
I was dead lucky with my timing this year; after a freezing cold March, when I sowed my seed in a heated propagator, and nurtured it into April, since when there has been nearly all sunshine, (in fact today has been the first proper rain since early April, apart from 1 hr mid-May) and my tomatoes have thriven.
So warm was my greenhouse border soil that I stocked it, (keeping enough replacements to cover any disaster) three weeks early.
I've been taking tomatoes for two weeks now, starting with, "Early Girl" and since joined by "Maskotka", and, yesterday, by "Akron."
Still to come are cherry tomato, "Sugar Gloss" and some kind of beefsteak tomato which was supposed to be "Amish Paste!!!"
 
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It's great getting your first tomato of the season, isn't it?
I was dead lucky with my timing this year; after a freezing cold March, when I sowed my seed in a heated propagator, and nurtured it into April, since when there has been nearly all sunshine, (in fact today has been the first proper rain since early April, apart from 1 hr mid-May) and my tomatoes have thriven.
So warm was my greenhouse border soil that I stocked it, (keeping enough replacements to cover any disaster) three weeks early.
I've been taking tomatoes for two weeks now, starting with, "Early Girl" and since joined by "Maskotka", and, yesterday, by "Akron."
Still to come are cherry tomato, "Sugar Gloss" and some kind of beefsteak tomato which was supposed to be "Amish Paste!!!"
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My feeding regime?
A handful each of fbb and woodash per plant, prior to planting (2-3 weeks), followed by Epsom salts when flowers open, then, when the first truss sets fruit, comfrey and seaweed extract once a week.
This had a broad spectrum of nutrients and minerals, which also give flavour.
Watering is a gravity-fed dripper system, which I try to get to deliver 1pt UK (20 oz/568ml) per plant per day, for growth, dropping by 1/4th during fruiting phase.
Took two trays today, approx. 11lb/5kg
It's unusually early. In an average summer, I'd expect to start picking next week.
 
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My feeding regime?
A handful each of fbb and woodash per plant, prior to planting (2-3 weeks), followed by Epsom salts when flowers open, then, when the first truss sets fruit, comfrey and seaweed extract once a week.
This had a broad spectrum of nutrients and minerals, which also give flavour.
Watering is a gravity-fed dripper system, which I try to get to deliver 1pt UK (20 oz/568ml) per plant per day, for growth, dropping by 1/4th during fruiting phase.
Took two trays today, approx. 11lb/5kg
It's unusually early. In an average summer, I'd expect to start picking next week.
What would an American understand as FBB fertilizer?
 
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My feeding regime?
A handful each of fbb and woodash per plant, prior to planting (2-3 weeks), followed by Epsom salts when flowers open, then, when the first truss sets fruit, comfrey and seaweed extract once a week.
This had a broad spectrum of nutrients and minerals, which also give flavour.
Watering is a gravity-fed dripper system, which I try to get to deliver 1pt UK (20 oz/568ml) per plant per day, for growth, dropping by 1/4th during fruiting phase.
Took two trays today, approx. 11lb/5kg
It's unusually early. In an average summer, I'd expect to start picking next week.
Could you put a picture of your drip feeding system up please ?
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Could you put a picture of your drip feeding system up please ?
Nice toms :)
You can see some of the system on the 5th pic of my previous post.
It's easier to describe, atm, than photograph.

A water-butt, raised about 2 feet off the ground, the tap connected to a timer which opens and closes a valve as set, then connected to 1/2" pipe, which with various tees and elbows, enters the greenhouse via an 18mm hole drilled in the base, and goes around the middle of the greenhouse border in a rectangular loop.
Holes are then punched in the pipe at regular intervals, and adjustable drippers are fitted in the punched holes.
Further lengths of pipe can be fitted to the loop if required, using a tee at either end.

NOTE: There are two types of timer valves, those which only need the pressure of gravity, and those which require higher pressure and require a pump or domestic supply.
Gravity ones will work in either circumstance.
 
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Thanks for the info thinking about setting up some kinda watering system for next year
 
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When the tomatoes are cleared out at the end of the season, I'll photograph and post pics, if you think thst would be helpful.
Yes please that would be helpful I’m on Wirral so not to far from you looks like we’re getting hosepipe ban as of 5th August :-( how do you apply nutrients ?
Was thinking of setting up a ebb & flow system but keep changing my mind!
 
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The fish blood and bone and woodash supply initial nutrients and minerals, after first truss has set, I hand feed, with a watering can, liquid extract of seaweed and comfrey, which I infuse in a barrel. Actively aerated compost tea every 2-3 weeks keeps the nutrients and minerals available, again applied by watering can.
It cannot be applied via the barrel, because it would clog the sprinklers.
 
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The fish blood and bone and woodash supply initial nutrients and minerals, after first truss has set, I hand feed, with a watering can, liquid extract of seaweed and comfrey, which I infuse in a barrel. Actively aerated compost tea every 2-3 weeks keeps the nutrients and minerals available, again applied by watering can.
It cannot be applied via the barrel, because it would clog the sprinklers.
That’s exactly what I feed all my plants minus fish blood through watering can my greenhouse and conservatory are south facing which most people would say is lucky but brings its own probs ie it can get up to 40c and plants sometimes need watering three times a day hence why I’m going to put some kinda watering system together hopefully on the cheap
 
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The fish blood and bone and woodash supply initial nutrients and minerals, after first truss has set, I hand feed, with a watering can, liquid extract of seaweed and comfrey, which I infuse in a barrel. Actively aerated compost tea every 2-3 weeks keeps the nutrients and minerals available, again applied by watering can.
It cannot be applied via the barrel, because it would clog the sprinklers.
On the flip side I can still have fresh tomatoes into November in my conservatory these will be my late crop taken off a mother plant
 

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