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?
Picking your own tomatoes is very satisfying. Fully mature tomatoes is a sign of a healthy plant often despite weather conditions and the limiting factors of a small city garden. When the tomatoes are heirloom varieties the whole exercise is one of helping to preserve a rare breed. All the seeds from these plants can …Read More about Picking tomatoes
Growing tomato plants outdoors in Belgium can be quite tricky. The weather conditions can be quite unreliable. Starting the plants indoors from seed from mid-March should ensure quite strong plants for planting out in May or June. Otherwise you can look to buy ready started plants from April onwards. Starting tomato seeds indoors requires maintaining …Read More about Starting summer tomatoes
It is generally understood that tomato plants need full sunshine. This is not the case. These tomato plants were grown in a part of the garden which only receives direct sunshine for 2 hours first thing in the morning. This planting demonstrates how tomatoes will climb for the light (here 2.5 metres). The plants, Yellow …Read More about Winter 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
Tomatoes are the miracle health food. They contain large amounts of nutrients and vitamins, specifically vitamins A, C, K, and B6. Tomatoes help eye sight, improve digestion, reduce blood pressure and help with diabetes. They reduce cholesterol, protect kidneys and prevent premature ageing. Eat tomatoes. Ideally tomatoes should be picked when the first flush of …Read More about Picking tomatoes