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Alas, this season, for the first time in my practice, the tomatoes turned out to be tasteless. And varieties, and hybrids, both new and old, which I have been growing for almost two decades. They were stained very slowly, with difficulty. The fruits were not juicy, tough, the core of the tomatoes was also tough, uncolored, and the varietal tomatoes had light streaks inside.
One might think that polycarbonate was to blame for everything, but the varieties and hybrids that I have grown for many years in the open field showed the same picture. I began to ask other gardeners about the results of the season - they have the same result - a white core, light streaks.
I am trying to find the reason for this, but so far there is no intelligible answer. Tomato brushes were formed, as they say, it is not funnier - who in what is much.
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answer to this phenomenon was found in the article by Doctor of Biological Sciences V. B. Stepanov “Don't expect a good tribe from a bad seed” (“Flora Price” No. 8, 2014): “If, when transplanting seedlings in the soil temperature in the greenhouse is below optimal, the hands will not be tied correctly. " I planted the seedlings on May 12, it was already outgrowing, it was no longer possible to pull further, but water came under the greenhouse, the soil was so saturated with it that watering in the holes was not required when planting the seedlings. The temperature in the soil was + 12 ° С. In previous years, the brushes checked everything, shaped, i.e. I cut out the extra ovaries and flowers, and there were no further problems with the load of the plants.
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And this summer it was difficult to form brushes, since they bifurcated, divided into three parts, at the ends of the brushes were not only leaves, but also whole shoots with flowers. Only one hybrid Typhoon F1 was somehow similar to itself. But how did the Stresa F1 hybrid behave! If I hadn't grown it for over ten years, I would have thought it was some kind of freak. There are no complaints about the seeds, something happened that is beyond my control and incomprehensibility.
Variety Ukrainian early - our magic wand - tasty, large, early. And suddenly all the fruit is in light streaks. Through the magazine I am addressing V.B. Stepanov: "Vladimir Borisovich, one hope is on you, help me understand what happened this season with tomatoes, won't it all happen again?"
I openly described everything that happened in the tomato greenhouse, and most gardeners are silent, although they also had the same problem, probably again everyone is guilty of seeds. Yes, I violated the temperature regime when planting seedlings, phosphorus was not available to plants, but did this really affect the quality? After all, then the temperature in the soil straightened, the plants in my greenhouse looked powerful. I had a glitch at the beginning of the season, but why did other gardeners have the same tomatoes as me? Couldn't everyone equally violate the diet and temperature regimes?
Peppers and moles
I won't talk much about peppers. Their crop turned out to be of good quality in all respects: both a lot and a high-quality one, although a shrew twice visited the new greenhouse. Both times she turned over a row of parsley, which I always sow near tomatoes, bypassed all the tomatoes on the same ridge. I had to fill in, spill and add soil. And one plant was sitting on the "peninsula" - just fill the hole, and it appears again.
The story was the same with peppers. One hybrid pepper plant Aries F1 also sat on the "peninsula". And no matter how much I poured earth into the hole, it reappeared. It is good that the plant did not suffer, it bore fruit as usual - many huge peppers grew. In addition, a mole also settled in the bed with peppers. The mounds of the earth he dug appeared in one place - in the corner of the greenhouse, and also once in the aisle. The passage between the beds is covered with boards, there are cracks between them, and there the mole also dug mounds of earth. I was afraid that he would go to the cucumber garden, but, fortunately, neither the shrew nor the mole got there. A few years ago, then the greenhouse was still the same, large, on a cucumber ridge I took part of the area for peppers. So the mole went over the peppers, dug up heaps of earth. And we caught him there when he urgently buried himself under the pepper. And under the cucumbers it was not.We do not fight moles on purpose, I just fill the passages with water so that the roots of apple trees, gooseberries, and herbaceous plants do not end up in the air, but are in the soil.
What was new in my garden beds last season? Perhaps one culture has emerged. Vladimir Nikolaevich Silnov presented me with a pot of seedlings with an unusual cucumber. I called it lemon cucumber. By that time, all the plants had already been planted in the greenhouse, and there was no good place for the "guest". I planted him in a cramped corner near the water barrel next to the peppers. The plant turned out to be powerful, beautiful, did not hurt anything. She formed it at her own discretion. The fruits were white at first, then they acquired a lemon color. Its fruit had a round shape, they looked like balls, although there were also lemon-like fruits. Their skin is tough, stored for a long time, and tied well and a lot. If you remove the fruits small (although I think that it makes no sense, like pickles), then inside they contain water and seed germs, and the taste of cucumber. If you let it grow, there will be a lot of water and seeds.The taste is also cucumber. I salted the "lemons" along with other cucumbers. Their taste turned out to be like that of ordinary pickled cucumbers, but the rind is thinned.
Cabbage grows … in the furrows
Not far from our gardening site is the site of Lyubov Tsvetkova. She invited me for a long time to see how she grows cabbage in the furrows. Last autumn I went. Her garden is divided into beds, and between the beds there are furrows, she tries to observe the crop rotation. And at the beginning of October I saw the following picture: empty beds from under carrots, from under onions and other vegetable crops, and between them in the furrows there are huge heads of cabbage. Their lowest leaves are removed. By eye, I figured that there were no heads of cabbage less than six kilograms at all. She grew a hybrid of Krautman F1 cabbage. She explained that, for lack of extra land, she guessed to plant cabbage in the furrows. When planting, she waters the holes, uses manure and Kemir fertilizer. Then he looses, podkuchit once - that's all care. I did not measure the distance between the plants, but it will not be less than a meter, but,maybe more. I asked her permission to tell about such an experience, what if such technology is useful to someone else.
Luiza Klimtseva, experienced gardener