My tomatoes have done remarkably well this year, I'm not sure why that would be since we haven't had what we could call a summer. The fruit started ripening before we went on holiday, which is almost unheard of, and they're still being harvested now.
This year I've grown two Ailsa Craig, two Gardener's Delight, one Totem and three Maskotka plants outdoors and one Ailsa Craig, one Gardener's Delight, one Bloody Butcher and two Maskotka plants in the greenhouse. Thirteen plants in total. They've all done well but as in previous years, I think my outdoor plants have done just a little better than those in the greenhouse. I don't usually weigh my harvests but I did weigh those below, there's about seven pounds in that one bowl and this is just the tip of the iceberg, the plants must have yielded pounds and pounds.
I've now removed most of the foliage from the cordon plants to allow what little sun we've got left this year to get to the fruit to ripen it. There's little warmth left in the sun when it does shine so I hope the tomatoes which are still to be harvested ripen before it's too late. This is the state of play at the moment and as you can see, there's still plenty to harvest.
I think the above photo shows how well the grow bags have held up. I cut each bag in half before standing each half on its end and planting in to it that way, it gives a much better depth for the plants to spread their roots than when the grow bags are laid flat.
The Maskotka plants are now a tangled mess. They're very untidy plants but I'm willing to forgive that as they produce such a huge yield of larger than average cherry tomatoes which taste divine.
I've been able to share my bounty with family, friends and neighbours this year and have had apples and grapes in return with a promise of pears still to come. I think it's great when you're able to trade in this way.
There's been one or two comedy tomatoes produced which wouldn't look out of place on Esther Rantzen's That's Life! Oooh Rude!
There's only two varieties which I've decided on for next year, those are Maskotka and Bloody Butcher. I may just stick to those next year, one salad tomato and one cherry, we'll have to wait and see whether any others tickle my fancy.
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