Indoors in small pots 7.5cm/3" diameter filled with
How to Sow
2 seeds per pot - 6mm/¼" deep. Germination takes up to
Remove the weakest seedling
Growing on - under glass
Once the plants are established with a good root system,
pot up individual plants into 20cm/8" containers (min) or 2
per growbag, in the greenhouse. Pinch out growing tips when
plants reach 30cm/12" . Stake plants.
Growing on - in Pots
Harden off plants and finally move outdoors once all danger
of frost has passed. Once the plants are established with a
good root system, pot up individual plants into
20cm/8" containers (min) or 2 per growbag, in a hot
sheltered sunny position. Pinch out growing tips when plants
reach 30cm/12-inches. Stake plants.
Growing on - open ground
As above but plant in beds or borders 45cm/ 18"
Water regularly, but do not keep the compost very wet. Fine
spraying of plants with water helps encourage fruit to
set. Limit to 5 or 6 fruits per plant. Once the fruit start
to swell, feed with tomato food each time you water.
Cut fruit as needed once they have reach a good size
and colour (between 10-17cm/4-7" depending on the variety)
but before the shine disappears from the skin. Crops over
about 8 weeks.
Red Spider Mite
First sign is that the leaves may look pale and mottled.
Particularly in greenhouse grown plants.
1. Wash them off with a hose.
2. Spray them with soft soap.
3. Sprays containing pyrethrum every 5-7 days on the upper and
lower sides of the leaves.
Difficult. Try keeping the atmosphere humid.
Leaves distorted, yellowing and stunted
Organic Spray with a weak solution of soapy water
Use water through a hosepipe to knock the aphids off the plants Chemical Spray with an insecticide containing Fenitrothion
Marigold, Tarragon, Mint
If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as
nasturtiums, calendula asters, dahlias, and zinnias nearby (but not
too close) as aphids find them attractive so they act as a lure.
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In the Kitchen
Wrap in paper towels. Refrigerate in the crisper drawer for up to 6 days
Rinse with cold water. Cut off the stalk to 1cm/½-inch or remove
completely if required. There is no need to peel. As the flesh can be a little bitter, sprinkling
cut slices liberally with salt and leaving for 20 minutes (known as "degorging")
can remove much of the bitterness and draws out some moisture.
as the flesh is capable of absorbing large amounts of fats, this
salting process can reduce its absorption rate as well as preventing
discolouration. Rubbing cut
surfaces with lemon juice also prevents discolouration.
Cooking: Can be boiled, steamed, baked, roasted,
micro waved, fried & sautéed. Also
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(eggplants) plus lots
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