I had it in my head that I didn’t have many tomato plants this year. But then I took a photo of them all and I’ve actually got eight, though I’m only going to show you seven of them, as one is rather mangy.
Exhibit No. 1 used to live in the greenhouse but after the demise of the latter I thought it best to move it to less cramped conditions, where air could circulate more easily round it. Unfortunately, one of the branches broke off in transition. It was laden with tomatoes which will now be taken inside to ripen off, so not the end of the world but I’m still a bit dismayed.
Exhibit No. 3 must have loved its homemade grow bag as it does not want for stems and leaves. It took some time to work out it was supposed to also grow flowers. And then the budding beef tomatoes bottoms decided to turn a funny colour, so the adage ‘big is beautiful’ does not seem to apply here.
It will however be getting a haircut soon, so the roots get as much light and warmth to them as possible.
Exhibit No. 4 is growing in the soil rather than a grow bag. No doubt this has had an impact on its size and level of production. At the same time, all the tomatoes on it look fine – but which variety are they?
Exhibit No. 5 is probably the same variety as No. 4. It too has under-performed in the soil. It’s very dry and a bit shady in that part of the garden, so that’s one reason for turning it into a Forest Garden, amongst others.
Finally, Exhibit No. 7 is getting its second wind. I’ve never experienced this before, where a tomato plant crops, then sends out new shots and starts all over again. Once these tomatoes decide to ripen they go from light green to dark red in a matter of days.
So, that brings me to the end of the tour. Time for lunch, which is sadly going to be tomato-less today.