The Tomato Diaries #5

A long ‘diary’ and the final one for 2021. All is not yet safely gathered in. I’ll leave the tomatoes to ripen on the vine as long as I can; he plants are still producing flowers (which I keep cutting off), though they are nothing more than bare stems and clusters of unripened fruit.

The days (and nights) are warm enough for now; in a week or two I’ll harvest the outdoor tomatoes and bring them inside to finish off. The greenhouse ones should be okay for a little longer but collected by the end of September.

Greenhouse

These seem to be doing OK, despite the cooler weather and darker days of the last week in July. I’d already removed what side shoots I could see/reach and some of the larger leaves. I’d rather have a smaller crop of larger tomatoes, than a large crop of small ones that take weeks to ripen indoors. There are plenty of flowers yet to form and – inside the greenhouse – several hover flies buzzing around (which saves me using the duster to pollinate them!

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The Tomato Diaries: #1

February

The first tomato seeds have been sown. I chose these two only because the packets were already opened and there weren’t many seeds left in either, so it doesn’t really matter if they fail to germinate as I will sow more seeds in a couple of weeks.

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The Final Tomato Diaries: 2020

With some progress on ripening tomatoes indoors (they need heat not sunlight), and with arctic weather and strong winds on 25 September, I thought it would be better to gather in ALL my unripe tomatoes and bring them into the house, rather than risk losing them.

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