Home-grown tomatoes a treat
THERE is no doubt homegrown tomatoes ripened on the vine are the best tasting.
Towards the end of October and the beginning of November are the best times of the year to plant tomatoes.
I like to plant two lots four weeks apart to ensure I am growing plenty of tomatoes all season.
These days there are so many varieties of tomato seeds and plants available to buy from many different outlets. This is fantastic for the home gardener.
I have planted many different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and colourful cherry tomatoes this year and I am really looking forward to harvesting them in the summer.
The tomato is such a versatile fruit and varies tremendously in flavour from one varietal to the next — some can be as sweet as an apple and others quite tart.
When planting tomato seedlings, it is best to plant in a spot that will receive full sunlight. The fruit has far more flavour in full sunlight. It is also not a good idea to overwater the plants when the fruit is beginning to ripen because you will end up with tomatoes full of water and diluted in flavour.
Preserving tomatoes is a great way to continue to enjoy your bounty for many months after the plants have finished.
They are fantastic warmed with fish, chicken and steak and can also be used in sauces.