My tomatoes are just starting to produce lovely ripe nommilicious fruit/vegetables/whatever they are.
This is the first of this year’s crop…
And this was the last of last year’s crop…
I’ve got six plants this year. I’m a little tomato obsessed really.
So here’s the trick:
(1) Plant them out in the hottest, sunniest part of the garden you can find, as soon as the May frosts are over.
(2) If they’re looking fragile bring them in at night for about a week to help them toughen up gradually.
(3) Forget gro-bags. Plant each tomato in a pot AT LEAST as big as a bucket and fill with tomato or veg compost.
My helpful assistant, practically dressed as ever
(4) Give each pot a full watering can of water every day it doesn’t rain. The back of the leaves should be green – if the veins go purple they’re either hungry or thirsty.
(5) Stake the plants so they don’t fall over in strong wind.
(6) Pinch out the first few side shoots to encourage the plant to grow upwards.
(7) After a month the compost won’t have much food in it, so feed with a liquid feed once a week (Follow the instructions on the label).
(8) Pick off the fruit when they’re ripe – if you leave them on the plant they’ll split…
(9) Come October they’ll stop ripening on the plant, so bring the remaining green fruit indoors and leave them in a dish at room temperature.
Wave goodbye to tasteless supermarket tomatoes forever!