Grow Your Own Tomatoes

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all sizes of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes.

You will need:

  • 1 growing bag (£4 at Coletta & Tyson) 
  • 2 x tomato plants per bag (£4 each at Coletta & Tyson)
  • Sharp knife 
  • Big Tom Tomato food now £4.50 normally £5

  • Watering can (from £4 at Coletta & Tyson)
  • Garden twine (from £1 at Coletta & Tyson)
  • Bamboo canes (from £3 at Coletta & Tyson)

Follow these easy steps...

  • Using the sharp knife, cut several drainage holes in the sides of the growing bags and two evenly spaced planting holes on top.
  • Plant the tomatoes in the bags and support the plants, by inserting a cane behind each one.
  • Tie the stem loosely to the cane with twine, then water well.
  • Using your finger and thumb, remove the shoots that appear between the leaf and stem as the plant grows. Once four clusters of fruit have developed, remove the main shoot from the top of the plant as well.
  • Harvest when the fruit are ripe (about 12 weeks). To pick, lay each tomato in the palm of your hand and gently bend it upwards. Pick just before watering so the flavour is not diluted.

Tips

Spend a bit extra and choose a growing bag that contains plenty of compost.
When watering, soak the compost thoroughly. Check it every morning and water if it feels dry to the touch.
Feed weekly with tomato food.

 

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