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Growing Tomatoes

PLANT TYPE: Annual
LATIN NAME: Lycopersicon lycopersicum
SUN: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: A very wide range of soil types. Little preferrence
pH RANGE: 6.0 ‐ 6.5
WATERING: Average. Keep moist not wet.
MATURITY IN DAYS: 55-105 days depending on the variety.
KNOWN PESTS: Plenty. It’s wise to keep a steady eye on the fruit as it matures.
KNOWN DISEASES: Blossom end rot, tomato blight

Tomatoes prefer full sun with good air circulation.
Not a great idea to plant them against a wall or solid fence.

Tomatoes are heavy feeders and prefer a warm, well drained soil especially full of compost.

Add plenty of compost and well rotted manure before you start to plant your tomatoes.
Feed regularly while they are growing with a compost tea or well balanced fertilizer.
Avoid excessive nitrogen, particularly before fruit sets.
Excessive watering can increase tomato size but decrease flavour which is one reason that commercial tomatoes never seem to have that ‘tomato taste’.

Tomato seedlings benefit from waterings with Epsom salts, use 1/2 Tbsp of Epsom salts per litre.

Do not allow moisture levels vary too much as drying out and drenching will cause cracking in the fruit.
Water directly onto the soil, not the plant.
Best Times to grow Basil:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Oct – April
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – Sept – May.
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – late August- June
North Q’ld and NT – All year..

 

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Growing Lettuce

PLANT TYPE: Annual
BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa
SUN: Full Sun in spring/autumn, partial shade in summer
SOIL TYPE: Rich, well‐drained, loose loam.
pH RANGE: 6.2 ‐ 6.8
WATERING: Keep moist, not waterlogged, daily short watering is best
MATURITY IN DAYS: 45 ‐ 55
KNOWN PESTS: slugs, snails and grasshoppers

Your garden or pots must have at least 8 hours of full sun and a soil pH of 6.2‐6.8.
Lettuce is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich, well mulched soil with good drainage.
Add plenty of compost or well rotted manure prior to planting lettuce, not during their growth.
During their growth you are best to use a folair spray with high nitrogen content as it is the leaf that we need to encourage.

Mulching can be useful to keep soil cool and reduce weeds. We use sugarcane mulch.
Harvest lettuce early in the morning after dew is evaporated.
Loose‐leaf types can be picked as soon as leaves are large enough to eat.
Some varieties such as Cos can be picked as you need the leaves over a very long period.

Best Times to grow Lettuce:
Melbourne, Snowy Mts. and Tasmania – Sept – May
Adelaide, Sydney & Perth – All Year
Coffs Harbour to Rockhampton – All Year
North Q’ld and NT – Feb – Nov