Gardener's Delight Tomato Seed Germination and Growing Thread

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  1. sandymac

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    Hi JWK
    Sungold great as always Flamme and tigrella realy good
    GD, suncherry and suncherry premium are all ok very much the same nothing to write home about will not grow these three again
     
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      Just a note
      Thinking back and looking at old photo's gardeners delight when viewed from above were not round but oval in shape slightly reduced in circumference in the middle, ( difficult to describe) I notice my so called old gardeners delight from the GC are round, however the Sun cherry and Sun cherry premium are shaped like the old GD. Not the best example in the photo. Can I ask the growers of the old GD toms the shape of their fruits.
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        Interesting @sandymac - I looked back at some of my photos.

        From 2008 when GD was at the top of my list for taste, I would describe its shape as not completely round - maybe a fatter circumference.
        Left to right: Black Russian, Golden Sunrise, Shadar, San Marzano, Gardener's Delight:
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        2010
        Below is 2010 when I noted GD was very sweet, firm and tangy, so still a good favourite:
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        Zoomed in, one has split which was a problem with GD as I recall:
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        I don't have any ripe GD this year yet.

        Below is from 2015 when the taste was bland and watery, it's difficult to see any difference in shape - it could be rounder.:
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          Hope some of mine will ripen in the next couple of weeks:
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            I've tied fleece bags on the third and fourth trusses in the hope of saving seeds from any promising plants. I find it very fiddly doing this trying not to damage the truss/buds:
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            @Scrungee I guess I should see the petals fall off so I can remove the bag, maybe 10 days?
             
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              Very good @JWK, really looking forward to the taste testing results.All I want atm is for any:gaah:of my millions of tomatoes to ripen! It's been so incredibly hot (greenhouse has no shading...well I do live in Scotland so not normally needed:)) I think it is too hot for them most of the time and it is slowing the ripening but that's a guess, I'd have thought they would have loved the massive heat but maybe not. We are also having to be a bit careful of our private water supply so loathed to dampen the greenhouse down,. Some have had the decency to start to look vaguely less green but reckon it will be another week before full production is on. The Cucumbers on the other hand....wonder if Tescos would like to buy my surplus:snorky:
               
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                Hi @silu I have the same 'problem' with cucumbers, there are only so many I can eat in a sitting.

                I also think too much heat is bad, I've got these bamboo blinds off Freecycle so they can be taken off easily, they bring the temps down to around 32C (it was hitting 40C before I draped them over the roof), my tomatoes are around 5 to 6 foot high now:

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                I bought a couple of IBCs after the hosepipe bans a few years ago. In an average year they keep me supplied for the summer. Last week I stopped using them as I thought they had run dry. I hadn't noticed the connecting pipe had become kinked and the second tank is nearly full so I have about 1000L to keep me going. That might last a month at this rate and no forecast rain to top them up. I 'm not at home during the day so can't damp down, they just have to take their chances.
                 
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                I have got 4 x 200 odd litre butts which get filled by god. However those conked out months ago but I fill them from the Spring water (don't tell my neighbouring farmer!). Your idea is really a good 1 re IBC's I'll ask daughter's BF if he could get 1 in his long wheel based van. Isn't it bonkers, usually we are well catered for in the water dept:rolleyespink:. I'll have a wee bet with you if I do get 1 or more IBCs I'll never need them:). Another alternative would be to get 1 of those solar panel pumps and take water out of the burn which runs along past our property.023.JPG It's low atm but still running I could maybe attach a hose to the pump and keep filling the butts I have. If I get an IBC now all I will do is swipe water from the farm which is also on the spring supply. Think Mr farmer might be a bit cross:yikes:. I don't know if I can take water from the burn but the farmer does further down the road and pumps it into a IBC. If he can can't see why I can't!
                 
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                  First one nearly ripe:
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                    lets hope it has the good old fashioned taste
                     
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                      Ate the first one today from 2012 vintage seed, it was nice. Bearing in mind that the first few fruit are not always good I will reserve judgement until a lot more ripen.

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                        No ripe ones yet, but the 2005 is twice the height of the 2012.

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                          It's the opposite for me, the 2012 plant is massive, really thick stems and more than two dozen fruit per truss. They taste pretty good too:

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                            The 2018 fruit is 50% bigger than 2012, 2007 & 2005:
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                            I'm also finding that most of the 2007 are splitting.
                             
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