Fun on the allotment.

I'm a student, chef, gardner, photographer and general procrastinator. On the 5th November 2011 I inherited an old battered allotmentand started this blog so people can watch as I work and play to make it my dream larder.
Outdoor Tomatoes
Have been doing really well this year so far. They’re appreciating the hot weather and because they’re outdoor and planted in raised beds water hasn’t been a problem (even thought I only get down there once a week). However, they grow a lot in that week so I’m not always able to catch the side shoots before they go crazy. I spent some time yesterday cutting the vigorous growth out and stripping the bottom leaves from the plants to let light and air into the tomatoes. I’m also giving them a comfrey feed once a week. 
Because the English summer can be unpredictable I’ve pinched out the top of half the plants, so they can concentrate on setting the next 1-2 trusses of flowers and ripening the fruit. I’m hedging my bets on a warm summer and leaving the other half to grow to the top of the canes before I pinch them out. 
These plants were given to me by my mum and dad’s neighbour and have been grown on well but they’re not as far on as I would have liked for this time of year, so I’m guessing he sowed them late. Then again I wasn’t going to do tomatoes this year so can’t really complain!
- Gary.

Outdoor Tomatoes

Have been doing really well this year so far. They’re appreciating the hot weather and because they’re outdoor and planted in raised beds water hasn’t been a problem (even thought I only get down there once a week). However, they grow a lot in that week so I’m not always able to catch the side shoots before they go crazy. I spent some time yesterday cutting the vigorous growth out and stripping the bottom leaves from the plants to let light and air into the tomatoes. I’m also giving them a comfrey feed once a week.

Because the English summer can be unpredictable I’ve pinched out the top of half the plants, so they can concentrate on setting the next 1-2 trusses of flowers and ripening the fruit. I’m hedging my bets on a warm summer and leaving the other half to grow to the top of the canes before I pinch them out. 

These plants were given to me by my mum and dad’s neighbour and have been grown on well but they’re not as far on as I would have liked for this time of year, so I’m guessing he sowed them late. Then again I wasn’t going to do tomatoes this year so can’t really complain!

- Gary.

  1. 5-yearplan said: Looking good Gary! I had quite good success this year with some saved seed i pinched from some tomatoes from the organic farm. If these do well and you like the fruit it may be worth doing for next year?
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