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It’s not too late for tasty tomatoes

May 17, 2017 Otter Blog No Comments
Tasty tomatoes selection

Growing tasty tomatoes – even in the smallest of gardens

Tomatoes are perfect for pots or grow bags and all you need is a sunny area in the garden or a greenhouse to keep them happy. It’s a little late to grow tomatoes from seed, but you can still buy plants (make sure you buy only healthy plants as this will affect the quality of your fruit).

If space is short in your garden, try a patio variety in a small pot. In larger gardens, opt for a cordon tomato, which will produce heavy crops on tall stems.

We have everything you need in our branches to grow tasty tomatoes this summer.

Tomato varieties to try:

  • Shirley

This early maturing tomato is a favourite for its heavy crops of excellent quality fruit. Best grown in a greenhouse.

Perfect for … Tomato and goats’ cheese tart; traditional salads

  • Tumbling Tom

These sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes are produced in abundance throughout the summer on compact plants, which are ideal for patio pots and hanging baskets.

Perfect for … Pesto pasta

  • Black Russian

This old cordon heritage variety bears small, sweet dark mahogany-brown fruits with a truly delicious taste. Grow it indoors or on a patio in a large pot.

Perfect for … Tacos; tomato salad with blue cheese

  • Beefsteak

Try these larger tomatoes indoors or in a greenhouse, where they will reward you with a good crop of big, tasty fruits.

Perfect for … Caprese salad (beefsteak tomato and mozzarella with basil).

Step-by-step guide to planting using a plant halo

You will need …

  • Grow bag
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Miracle-Gro Pot Shots Food Cones
  • Sharp knife
  • Plant halos
  • 3 grafted cordon tomato plants
  • 9 canes
  • Watering can

1 Insert plant halo

Cut 3 holes in the grow bag along the dotted lines. Then push one plant halo into each of the holes.

2 Carefully add plant

Fill the centre of the halos with compost. Plant one tomato into the centre of each halo, firming it in gently.

3 Water and feed

Water in the plants. Push one Food Cone into the compost, to one side of the plant. Repeat with the other plants.

4 Add support canes

Insert 3 canes into the holes in the side of each halo. Bring them together at the top; fix into a cane cap to form a pyramid

5 Nip off surplus shoots

Take out any stems growing between the main shoot and side stems, as they use up energy needed for fruiting.

6 Aftercare

Tie the stems into the cane supports as the plants grow, and water every day or two to prevent the plants wilting.

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