Earlier this week it was quite blustery and when I got home in the evening I noticed that the compost bin lid had blown into the tomato patch. Then as I picked up the lid to take it back to the heap, this is what I found:
Last time I looked these fruit were tiny baubles. I had just picked the fruit that were big enough to merit being used and was leaving the rest on the vine out of curiosity.
Well, my curiosity has now been vindicated as I have at least a pound of fresh green tomatoes to eat. Presumably, because it has been getting up to 15 degrees (Celsius) on occasion, with some sun, this has allowed the tomatoes to continue growing? However, at the same time, this is what the cold nights appeared to have been doing to the plants themselves:
Admittedly, the plant above was slightly more exposed to the elements than some of the others, which had also grown bigger and thus were sheltering themselves as well as being protected by the hawthorn bush at the back of the garden. Still, in future I will be keeping my tomatoes in the ground for longer, as clearly they are hardier than I realised.