Tomato Growing Thread 2022

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  1. JWK

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    To share our experiences and help each other in growing the most popular fruit in the world.

    Last year's discussion here: Tomato Growing Thread 2021

    Given the terrible blight suffered by many here last year here is a discussion about Blight Resistant varieties: Blight Resistant Tomatoes
     
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      I plan to grow the following, sowing in mid march:

      Black Cherry - NOT blight resistant but such a lovely taste and very high yielding.

      Buffalosun F1
      - blight resistant yellow beefsteak - new one for me.

      Cherrola F1 - blight tolerant red cherry - new one for me.

      Crokini F1 - blight resistant red cherry - new one for me.

      Fantasio F1 : blight resistant med/large fruit - new one for me.

      Gardener's Delight 2005 strain : NOT blight resistant but a must have for me with it's proper tangy taste.

      Honey Moon : The best blight resistant variety I have grown, big red heavy smooth fruit - lovely taste

      Jaune Flamme : Did OK for me although not supposed to be blight resistant it seemed to tolerate it.

      Lizzano F1 - blight tolerant small red cherry, trailing bush (Determinate) - new to me, I will try in hanging baskets.

      Merrygold F1 : blight resistant orange fruit - as seen and approved on Beechgrove Gardens - new for me.

      Primabella : blight resistant, large cherry - nice rich taste - new for me.

      Summerlast F1 : blight resistant red cherry - dwarf determinate (bush) ideal for patio containers - new for me.

      Sungold : NOT
      blight resistant but a must have for me with it's high yield and sweet taste.

      Vesper F1 : blight resistant small red cherry - new for me.


      That's 8 new varieties for me to try this year in an attempt to find some tasty ones that survive a blight attack.
       
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        Heres hoping for a good year! i bought a few cool tolerant ones from tomato eden to try out.

        Costoluto Fiorentino- indeterminate beefsteak
        Bloody butcher - early, indeterminate
        Cherokee purple - mid to late indeterminate
        Cherry Rosella - mid cherry indeterminate
        Gordorst Sibiri - not tried before, seems to be a mid season indeterminate but tomato eden says different....Early determinate
        Honeycomb F1 - supposed to split less than sungold....
        Kardynal- mid season oxheart
        Sevryuga- mid season indeterminate
        Sungold F1- we all know this one
        Aurora- determinate early from real seeds
        Azoychka- early indeterminate, yellow
        Banan Krasnyi- early semi determinate,
        Crimson Crush F1- blight resistance
        Dwarf Parfait- late season dwarf, freebie seeds from tomato eden, will try on my patio I think
         
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          My plans so far:

          Galina - yellow cherry vine
          Brad's Atomic Grape - multicolour grape vine
          Matt's Hornet - striped grape vine
          Green Zebra - green and yellow striped vine
          Malachite Box - early green beefsteak vine
          Mat-Su Express - early red beefsteak vine
          Northern Lights - early pinky orange beefsteak vine
          Tumbling Tom Red and Yellow - cherry tumblers
          Golden Grape - gooseberry sized yellow fruits, bush
          EM Champion - early red bush

          A lot of these are new to me, the only ones I've grown before are the tumbling toms, golden grape, galina and green zebra so I'm really looking forward to seeing (and tasting!) what they are all like.
           
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            Cutting down this year as only one small greenhouse as the person who looks after my large greenhouse is finding it too much to look after when i am on holiday.

            My choice for this year

            Sungold A must for me
            Tigrella I like the zingy taste when just ripe (orange)
            Juanne Flamme the fruitiest taste
            Steak Sandwich A nice tasting larger tomato
            Honeymoon New to me going off JWK's report on taste
            Honey Combe Another new one for me

            rgds Sandy
             
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              I'm tempted by Honeycomb now that a couple of you have mentioned it. Sounds like it is an improvement on Sungold. Has anyone grown it before?
               
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              I'm thinking about 2021 unsuccessful season in the greenhouse (growing directly in the soil). I didn't enrich soil before planting last spring, I didn't water it during the previous winter, and actually in autumn I had to water a few times a day for a week to wet the compost in the greenhouse. No surprise my toms barely had roots left. I did things wrong. This autumn I added well rotted horse manure, sowed phacelia, dug it later into the soil. Applied thin layer of a fresh compost on top. Watering once a week. Now collecting rainwater for watering. I plan to plant tomatoes in bottomless bags this season, so that they get fully fresh compost in the beginning.
              How are you preparing for the next season aoart from choosing seeds? Re seeds, I haven't decided on the full list yet. Will do a couple of dwarfs, Alice's Dream (my name tomato :)), sungold and black cherry and a couple of others.
               
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                That's what I plan to do too, split a bag of compost in half and cut some drainage slits in the bottom of each half and sit them on top of the soil - or buried a few inches. The roots should find their way through into the soil. When planting use Rootgrow (Mycorrhizal fungi) to encourage a vigorous root system.

                I had Blight inside my greenhouse so I gave it a thorough clean with Jeyes and bleach. Will repeat this prior to planting. I have a watering system, a leaky hose on a mains tap with a timer. Prior to planting I will set it up and adjust the pressure and time length so the compost is kept damp, not soaked. It needs adjusting during the season as plants take up much more water when mature and it gets hotter. It does save a lot of time for me and also means I can leave it for a few days.

                I need to buy some good seed compost and think about what compost bags to use for final planting, it will probably be John Innes based.

                I have a sturdy support system in place, you need to think about that and set it up before planting. A tomato plant laden with fruit is very heavy. My supports are an aluminium frame with strings hanging down, just DIY - you can use strong timber or whatever comes to hand - I think bamboo canes might fail.

                You may need to consider greenhouse shading, I have bamboo blinds I can drape over the roof when it gets very hot. Also ventilation, auto-vents are a must.
                 
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                  The other thing I use to get a head start are grow lamps. I sow mid-March and get the plants to a decent size prior to planting in mid-May. Prior to grow lamps I used window sills but I grow too many plants now and Mrs JWK wouldn't put up with me sticking plants in every bedroom.
                   
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                    Yes, I start with lamps too: on the windowsills plus lamps over the plants. I managed to get decent plants by mid May last year in pots to plant out.
                    For shading I used that white horticultural fleece, but it disintegrated with time... just turned into the dust. But it wasn't needed by that time actually. Ventilation - opened roof window and 2 glass panes on the side out for the summer. My greenhouse is small 1.8 x 2.4 m, and it doesn't keep warmth much, so it's more protection from rain and wind.
                    I really would like some watering system, so that I can go away during the summer. So far I have a collection of plastic bottles :biggrin: in the shed. Would fill and pierce them to give water to plants.
                    I want to organise leaky hose at least from rainwater.
                     
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                      I can't post in 2021 tomato forum now I don't think, so putting this here instead.
                      So pleased I didn't take the advice to bin my first try at tomato plants last year - I ended up with 200+ fruits in the end and had 2 plants per pot too. I'm sure in the whole scheme of things 200+ isn't a huge crop and I could have had tons more had I done things differently .... but it was enough for me!
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                      Not doing them again however ........ happy growing y'all :hapydancsmil:
                       
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                        Just two varieties:-
                        Ddraig Goch - indoor cordon And outside - no blight and produced in any size container
                        Crimson Crush - outdoor variety guaranteed blight free, and it certainly was!
                        Bought them, amongst lots of gardening stuff from Medwyn Williams, try him! Very interesting even if you, like me, never show!
                         
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                          Why not again? It was a success
                           
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                            Was tempted for 1 more variety - ordered Hundreds and Thousands to grow in a large pot.
                             
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                              After a couple of years with the new greenhouse and the variable climate to work with, the plan of action is now down to focusing on Sweet Million cherry, and go-to-safe-as-greenhouses Gardener’s. Seeding in the first week of Feb and weekly for 5 weeks or so, and just potting on in the house till they’re a good 4ft and then outside in the greenhouse May-ish. Reaped rewards last year with a crop from late May through September, and a new found appreciation of tomato chutney. Ground planting is just a no-no, and even though last summer was pretty reasonable for us, the wind chill is always a killer of tender sorts.
                               
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