Tomatos That I Grow

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

The Blue Bell Hendon

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Notice the new houses on the right of the Blue Bell these where built in the 1970s and are privately owned

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The roof of The Blue Bell was once a beautiful tiled structure but over many years of neglect sadly it is now nothing like it was in its hey day notice the attic window and the chimney pots and the TV mast

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The Blue Bell was situated in Zion Street Hendon Sunderland which was a street in the Jewish quarter of Hendon

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The Blue Bell looks very sad in its derelict condition and was pulled down shortly after I took these images

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My white Berlingo van can be seen on the left of the image

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Holy Trinity church can be seen in the background the church was opened in 1719 for the growing population of Sunderland as the ship building industry grew

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The attic window of The Blue Bell I wonder what history it can tell us about the pub

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Close up of the Blue Bells attic window now sadly looking very delapitdated after the pub closed shortly after the Blue Bell was pulled down and made into a car park

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Notice the broken windows the drain pipes and the Sky antenna on the wall

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Close up of the broken windows and the drain pipes and the size of the bricks these were the old style a lot smaller than the ones used for building these days

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This was the main door of The Blue Bell the windows are now sadly boarded up with chip board

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Grass and weeds are now growing freely around The Blue Bells main door and on the pavement

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The licence sign of The Blue Bell sadly now looking rather tired and old

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The front of The Blue Bell you can see Holy Trinity Church clock tower on the right of the image

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Notice the broken windows and the curtains hanging out they look vey old

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There is even an original Sky mast next to the drain pipe

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Me and my father Billy Bell often had a drink in The Blue Bell on an afternoon

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The windows of the attic and the first floor are all broken now and the pub now looks a shadow of its former self

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The Zion Street sign looks tattered and weary now is as if to say I have had enough

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In this image you can see nearly all of the boarded up front of The Blue Bell

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The chimney and the attic window can be seen clearly in this image and notice the seagull perched on the attic window

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This image shows The Blue Bells rear extension in Moor Street not quite sure what the function of the extension was but it has been suggested that it could have been the pubs kitchen

Asparagus That I Grow

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This image is of an asparagus plantlet called Sweet Purple I purchased about a dozen of these plantlets of a guy called Keith Wheeler in May 2018
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The roots of the asparagus plantlets can be seen just before I repotted them into larger plant pots

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I use different size pots when transplanting the asparagus seedlings and always mix perlite with the compost I use for transplanting the asparagus

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These images of are of asparagus UC 157 F2 the one of the most popular varieties grown in the world and was developed in the early eighties

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A view of the asparagus plantlets ferns they are looking very healthy and green all these plantlets were grown from seed in my unheated conservatory

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More images of the asparagus plantlets after they had been repotted by me in the conservatory on the allotment

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Image of the ferns of asparagus Sweet Purple planlets which are about seven months old I grew the plantlets from seed in my unheated conservatory

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Gray Road Hendon

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This image is of the front room of 33 Gray Road in the image you can see a photograph of my late mam and dad celebrating their wedding anniversary also an image of my oldest daughter Lisa

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The fire side in the front room of 33 Gray Road when we were children this was a coal fire but in my mam and dads later life was replaced by an electric fire

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The famous green phone which all of my family hated but my dad loved

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The bay window was a typical type used in the mid seventies on property in Hendon and Sunderland

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Billy Bell my father better known as Hendons historian because of his slide shows and his knowledge of Hendon and Sunderlands history

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David Bell outside 33 Gray Road visiting his father Billy Bell at 33 Gray Road this was just after my Mam had died

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Notice my Berlingo van parked on Gray Road the new buildings on the left was once an old vicarage

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These houses were buitl in the late eighties and were typical of the houses built in Hendon and Sunderland at that time they where well built and looked good

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Image show the repairing of the gable end of the house after wind damage on a house in Gray Road Hendon

The Sportsmans Arms

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The Sportsman’s Arms now Known as the Scullery

The Sportsman’s Arms closed on the 05-02-2010 when it closed it was left empty for a few years until a plumbing business opened up a showroom and office in the premises the company owners decided as they were not using all of the building so decided to rent out the old lounge at the rear of the pub

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The Sportsmans Arms Silksworth was once one of the most important buildings in Silksworth

Images taken by Dave Bell

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I took these images from the bottom of High Newport Allotments in May 2010 when the Sportsman’s Arms sadly closed and ended one of the last places that was used and built for the miners and their families of Silksworth very little remains of the miners heritage in Silksworth nowadays

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The once proud sign of the Sportsman’s Arms now looks tired and weary

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Notice the boarded up windows and The Sportsmans Arms sign still swinging as if everything was ok image taken on a wet and windy very cold day

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Close up of the sign on the rear wall of The Sportsmans Arms which closed in May 2010 because of lost revenue caused by very few local people using the public house

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The Sportsmans Arms puplic house built for the miners of Silksworth in 1871 as Silksworth Colliery grew new houses were built for the miners and their families and not forgetting why The Sportsmans Arms built for the miners when they had finished their shifts and to socialise when not working

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Silksworth Colliery shaft was sunk in 1869 In 1871, according to the Census there were approx 800 people living in the Silksworth and Tunstall areas, the local area was mainly farmland and where most people worked on the land.

The Tomato crop in season 2019

Purchased the growbag from B&Ms at Grangetown in Sunderland

Daves Rav 4 the delivery motor is very well used on a daily basis to get me from home to my garden and around Silksworth and to local areas
Davys Rav 4 the delivery transport  Blowing my tyres up the alloment  
  Growbags in the back of Daves Rav 4 Growbags in the back of Daves Rav 4  
  Growbags stacked up in the old greenhouse Image just to show how well the tomatos are doing a few months later

 

Next week I will be starting to plant the tomatos into the old greenhouse I am a little bit late but by planting the tomatos a little bit later one gets a longer season out of the tomato crop many  of the gardeners on the allotment have planted there tomatos but the cropping time will be short by planting later one gets a better crop and the tomatoes keep cropping right into the September and even the beginning of October      

Planting out the Tomato Shirley into their grow pots and growbags I must admit I am very impressed with this variety of tomatos which I grew in season 2018 for the first time
I use grow pots to plant the tomatos in  Grow pots in the growbags I puchased from B&Ms  
The growbags have enough space for three grow pots  The first of the Shirley tomato plants been potted into the the grow pots  

I had to stop planting out the tomatos because we had a lot of rain turning to sleet so I thought it would be better to keep the tomato planlets in their pots for the time been today after the rain and cold weather I managed to plant out another three Shirley tomato plantlets and started planting out our favourite tomato Gardeners Delight one of the old trusted cherry tomato

Gardener's Delight is the most widely grown tomato variety as far as the amateur gardener is concerned. It's also very popular in supermarkets

There are two key reasons  for the popularity of this variety, and the first is how easy it is to grow. Not only does it tolerate a wide variety of soil and weather conditions but it regularly produces a heavy crop. The second reason is taste - most people like the taste and the texture.

Continued planting out after the bad weather I plant about three tomatos in their pots and growbags each day this gives a staggered crop ensuing the tomatos ripening over a long period many gardeners plant out in one go but this means you get all the tomatos cropping over the same period  which I dont want I want a long cropping season for my tomatos the plants are starting to grow from the centre which means they are very happy with their growing conditions finished planting the tomatos out today there are approximately 47 tomatos to look after and to look forward to them growing into healthy plants

Latest images of the tomatos growing in their grow pots and growbags and they are looking very healthy 
Image taken looking through the outside of the greenhouse
  The plants in front of the greenhouse are over wintering peas planted in September 2019
Starting to look good
  The over wintering peas are looking great
  Tomatos are starting to grow from the centre which means they are very happy   Planting  these over wintering peas you get a much earlier crop but they are not as sweet as the ones planted in the same yearted in the same yea

Have been on holiday to Whitby over the bank holiday weekend so my friends have been looking  after my allotment going up to the garden on the Tuesday morning I was very pleased how the tomatos were growing and the asparagus also impressed me I gave the first feed of maxicrop tomato fertilizer today

The tomato plants in their grow bags and grow pots
Theses images are of a new variety of yellow tomato called Golden Crown Golden Crown a new cherry  yellow tomato variety  
  Tomatos growing in the old green house   Tomatos looking healthy and growing well
  Looking good   Very pleased the way the tomatos are growing
I started tying up the tomatos up today as they are becoming rather large and need support I finished the task three days later and there are now forty seven tomatos plants to look after 
  Growing well Image of the tomatos from the allotment path 
  The tomatos on the right hand side of the image are the Shirley variety which I first tried last year and was very impressed by the taste and size   Close up image of the gardeners delight tomatos growing well
Close up image of the Shirley tomato plants foliage   Image of the Gardeners Delight tomatos

 

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Gardeners Delght seedlngs sown on the 23-02-18 seed bought from Wilkos

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Image of the aluminium greenhouse where I grow my tomato’s the greenhouse is very old and I have been using it for about fifteen years

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I was preparing the tomato’s for the coming season and you can see I have got about half of the greenhouse planted out the seedling are in the background amongst the chaos I have created

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The tomato’s in this image have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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Notice the grape vine growing on the right hand side

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Close up of the tomato’s which have been planted in their grow pots for about two weeks

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The tomato variety shown in this image are my favourite Gardeners Delight which to grow very well and are not suspetable to many growing problems or diseases

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The tomatos look happy enough and seem to be growing well in their grow pots I always use grow bags as the base component for gowing them in

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Notice the grape vine which is a strawbery tasting type in the back ground its looking really healthy and the main thing it tastes great and there are no pips

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It normally takes about a week to get all the tomato plants into their grow pots and the other containers I use

Images of the various tomatos varietys  planted  in the old greenhouse on my allotment and I must admit they looking very healthy

Images of the grafted plants which were purchased from Dobies a well known and respected UK seed and plant company before I planted them out into the greenhouse
Grafted plants grown in my  favourite compost Humax    Close up of the grafted plants starting to look healthy
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  The grafted pepper plants in their pots   The grafted pepper plants in their pots

When I planted out these grafted melons and peppers and a new variety of tomato called Summerlast a new dwarf variety I was very disappointed with them they looked so unhealthy but three weeks later and I say what a change they are growing very well
Very impressed how the grafted plants are growing   Very impressed how the grafted plants are growing  
Close up of the grafted plants starting to look healthy   These were the grafted plants just before I replanted them in the old greenhouse 
F1 Tomato Summerlast is the first in a new line of patio tomatoes bred to last for much longer in the garden. Summerlast is a determinate variety with 1.5oz (45g) fruits that can be grown very easily in a patio container without extensive support. With built in late blight resistance and a new ‘lasting performance’ trait, this variety maintains very dark green and healthy foliage well into late Summer when many other varieties have already died. The ‘lasting performance’ trait also makes the plant much more attractive at point of sale, even when fruits are beginning to ripen.    Summerlast a new dwarf variety that can be grown outside in the UK
Images of the tomatos growing well and looking healthy I have started to feed them with Maxi Crop tomato feed I have also purhased some epsom salts to use as another feed for the tomatos checking the epsom salts out I found that many gardeners use them as a foliar and a general purpose feed for fruit trees and many other vegetables and flowers 
Really impressed with these Gardeners Delight tomatos our favourite variety  Tomato Shirley are on the right of the image 
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Latest images of the tomatos growing well and looking very healthy the Shirley variety are really looking good
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Image from the entrance of the old greenhouse of the tomatos which I am very pleased with  Image of the Shirley tomatos they have large and healthy looking fruits on the plants 
  Close up of the tomato plants   Close up of the tomato plants
   
 
   
   

 
   
   
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