Seed Swaps

Tying in & pinching out Toms

17 Jun 2012
Rainy 20°C / 68°F

I spent several hours on the allotments today tying in Gerry’s tomatoes & later mine on my plot. While I was at it I pinched out the side shoots or, in some cases, cut them out. They had been left too long to get on by themselves.

By coincidence I was doing the same more or less at this time last year! I have some plants each of 4 or 5 varieties again this year but the good old stalwart of ’Gardener’s Delight’ seems to be the best of them all. Most of the plants come from packets of seeds sent to me in a swap. Only once I planted them out I now no longer have much idea of what is what! Until they fruit of course, one is yellow. This will be the first time I’ve ever grown a yellow tomato.

I still remember very clearly how as a boy we were out with our father doing some shopping when we came across a tomato stall & the man there was selling yellow tomatoes. At that time, I must have been about 10 or so, I’d never before seen a yellow tomato! I still seem to recall that it was sweeter than the red tomatoes we were accustomed to! I can’t ever remember eating a yellow tomato again since that day!

All the varieties I got in the swap were F1 varieties but the ’Gardener’s Delight’ seeds I bought from eBay on the internet. I made 2 sowings, the first was a bit of a gamble & didn’t pay off as none of the seeds germinated in the seedtray in the greenhouse on the allotment. The 2nd sowing was much better & I got 9 or 10 plants which I have planted only on my plot.

I was going to grow a couple of each F1 hybrid on the balcony but when it came to taking the plants down to the allotment I took all but 3 or 4 & only one of those is doing well. I planted it a few weeks ago in an upside down bag & it’s growing in the most sheltered corner of the balcony.




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