Cherry tomatoes are thought to be an intermediate type between a wild tomato and the domestic garden tomato. These small (cherry size) tomatoes grow on long vines (up to 3 metres) or on small dense bushes less than 1 metre in height. Lily of the Valley is a good example of a cherry tomato. This …Read More about Which cherry tomatoes?
2016 will go down in history as a good year for growing tomatoes outdoors in Brussels. After a very poor start with heavy rain in June which brought early blight for the first time, the extra heat and warmth in July and August led to a blooming of tomatoes. With no late blight this year, …Read More about Last of the summer tomatoes
All gardeners get very excited about their tomatoes. Over the last number of years it has become progressively more difficult to grow tomatoes outdoors in Brussels. Although this year started badly, these last two weeks of sun and heat have brought on a bloom of tomatoes and a smile to many a gardener’s face. Growing …Read More about More summer tomatoes
Summer has finally arrived and the tomatoes are changing colour. After a difficult start to the year with the extreme weather in June, it is nice to see the green tomatoes become yellow and red. Tomatoes need about 6 hours sunlight per day to ripen but can suffer from too much direct sun. In this …Read More about Summer tomatoes
The raised bed (5 metres by 1 metre) in this garden accommodates 7 varieties of heirloom tomato (see list below). The rich soil bed allows the plants to deep root (up to a half metre) reducing the need for watering. This summer the bed has only required watering once. All of the plants now have green tomatoes starting …Read More about Tomatoes in the raised bed
Clementine is a gourmet French heirloom tomato. It produces dozens of small yellow fruits in large clusters. The plant is one of the first tomatoes in the garden to produce fruit each year. It works well in the uncertain summers of Belgium and has a degree of resistance to late blight. Clementine is a vine …Read More about My Darling Clementine