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    Hi there. Can anyone advise me as to what the best soil mixture for Toms and Cuces is please.

    I was thinking 50% Manure, 50% Multi Purpose Compost for both.

    Anyone's advice would be much appreciated as I am a relative newcomer to this growing Mallarky!

    Kind Regards in advance...........Rob.

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    Any bog standard compost should be fine, just add a bit of feed once they start flowering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Any bog standard compost should be fine, just add a bit of feed once they start flowering.
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    Hi there, I'm really surprised at the very low response to this one. I thought it would be a hot topic. Or is it that nobody wants to give any secrets away?

    I was just interested in some general advice, being an amateur.

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    They will grow in virtually any soil, but you want the best out of them , so a good multi purpose compost if grown in pot and some blood, fish, and bone dug into soil if you plant them in an allotment or garden, about a month before so it feeds the bugs that feed the plants. You can start to feed them some tomato feed once a truss has set or you see one or two tiny cucumbers. They reckon 4-5 trusses on a tom plant but I found that the ambrosia tom kept going in the greenhouse, up, over, and most way down the other side, just an experiment that payed off, try something different, it makes it more fun when you don't know what you will get...good luck..
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    To be honest I expect no one has done any major investigation into this - most people would probably buy a growbag and slap them in.
    I find cucumber to be mostly prone to suicide no matter the growing medium (probably just downto me and my specific circumstances) - toms on the other hand seem to do well for me whether in growbags or a mix of soil and home made compost. My troubles are with blight on outside toms and watering on toms in the GH - I work away a lot and Mrs Balders is a lot 'meh' about watering...
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    Like Buffs says, plenty of organic material mixed into the soil, a bit of Fish blood and bone meal too if you like. The plants will consume most of that in the first couple of months and require more feeding but the water retention and air giving properties remain a benefir. You can use 'nettle tea' in early growth as it promotes greenery, then switch to 'comfry tea' once flowers and fruit appear. If you can't make either then buy unbranded tomato feed and dilute as directed. Like Baldy I've become adept at murdering a string of cucumbers in greenhouses but had decent success last year and the year before with outdoor plants on the plot!
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    I buy the big tomato grow bags and use the compost from those to pot up my tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

    I think most of the problems with suicidal cucumbers are due to the stem rotting having got splashed with water. If you put a piece of plastic tube (part of a drinks bottle or a plant pot minus its bottom) round the stem and water outside this it helps, or water from the bottom (although they don't much like standing in water). I usually put a piece of copper tape round the plastic tube which helps keep out any slugs.
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