This year I have limited the number of tomato plants to just six. I have gone for 3 heritage varieties and 3 traditional. I was going to just go for the standard good yield tomatoes but when I went to get the plants there was an old couple having an argument over which to buy. He never stopped smiling while telling her he was buying Gardener’s Delight as that’s what he always bought. Her retort was that why bother, you could buy those in Morrisons. After listening to them for a few minutes a decided that the lady was correct and I chose the unusual ones. Her husband also decided she was correct but I think he knew that at the start. I wasn’t organised enough this year to grow from seed but when you only want one or two of a variety then its just as cheep to buy them as plants.
The tomatoes I decided on are
- Tigerella – These tomatoes have bright stripes
- Cherokee – A large fruit which turns a dusky daisy pink
- Brandy Wine – A large thin skinned fruit.
- Beefmaster – A large red tomato that can be as large as 250g each.
- Alisa Craig – The well known garden favourite.
- Black Russian – medium sized mahogany brown fruits.
Descriptions I have taken from the labels as I haven’t grown any of these varieties before, so have no idea what these tomatoes look like or taste like.
These were all planted about a month ago in pots inside the poly tunnel with canes inserted into the pots to support them. I find the pots easier to water than grow bags although I know there are other options to improve watering of grow bags I will maybe look at them next year.
There are a few flowers already forming and as soon as the first truss forms I will begin feeding the tomatoes. This year I wan t to prove that I can grow a reasonable crop in the poly tunnel in my very over shadowed garden.