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 #4

Greenhouse Tomatoes

Concerned that these tomatoes would not be visited by pollinating insects (I tend to keep the door closed to retain heat), I invested £3.49 for a set of three mini ‘feather’ dusters. I’m using the blue one to ‘tickle my tomatoes’ every couple of days, and I’ve been checking regularly for unwanted additional side shoots and nipping off any leaves that have started going yellow or are shading out flowers.

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The Tomato Diaries #2

I sowed these tomatoes on 13 March – 1 x ‘Yellow Delight’ and 7 x ‘Gardener’s Delight’ survived and on 20 May, I finally got round to putting them in larger (though not their final) pots. The two not in shot are tiny compared to these – and the tallest of these is only 6-7 inches.

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