If you read my last post, you'd know that due to the potting compost I used, my tomato plants got off to quite a poor and shaky start this year. I managed to nurse them back to health by repotting them using a different compost, and then giving them lots of tlc. I was pleased at how well they were responding, their leaves were a beautiful shade of green, quite different from the anaemic yellow they had become, and the plants had grown considerably.
Yesterday, the unthinkable happened, my poor tomato plants were left to bake in a swealtering greenhouse with no ventilation. I'm not going to blame anyone, Mick, as it was an accident, but I could scream after all the effort I put in to aid their recovery. It just obviously wasn't meant to be this year, I should have cut my losses when the plants were small and yellow.
Luckily, there was a plant sale in the nearby community centre this morning which the local gardening group were hosting, so we hotfooted it down there to see what was on offer. I was a bit disappointed in their cordon tomato plants, there was only one variety for sale, Alicante, so I only bought one plant. There was more of a choice in bush tomato plants so I came away with a Gartenperle and two Maskotkas. The bush varieties were only 50p each but the Alicante was £1.00, I presume because it was in a larger pot.
I want another four cordon plants and perhaps another bush variety, that should do me for this year, though I've still got the smaller plants which I sowed a few weeks ago so if they put on enough growth, I'll have those too. They escaped the swealtering greenhouse as they're still on a windowsill at the moment. I should mention that all the other plants in the greenhouse were fine, it was just the tomatoes which suffered any damage, I think we got there in the nick of time to save the rest of my plants from the same fate.
I also made some other purchases from the sale this morning. I loved the look of these terracotta pots, just £1.00 each. They'll look great with a geranium or pelargonium planted in them.
Some ornamental plants were also bought, geum - Koi, a dwarf variety with orangey red flowers £1.50, agastache - Apricot Sprite £1.25, foxglove - unnamed 50p and marjoram - (oregano) Variegated Leaf £1.00.
Talking of herbs, I meant to do a post about a few I bought back in April to add to my small collection. These are Moss Curled parsley, Curled spearmint and rosemary. They were bought from a garden centre at 3 for £5.00. I'm enjoying having a go at growing herbs, though I still need more practice at incorporating them in my cooking.
Fingers crossed that nothing happens to these tomato plants now, I think I've had enough drama with them for one year.
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