TIME FOR TOMATOES
Labour Weekend is the traditional time to plant tomatoes outdoors. Whack sturdy wooden stakes into the ground before you plant. Space tomatoes at least 50cm apart to allow for good airflow (to reduce the risk of blight later in the season) and pinch out the laterals (the side shoots) for strong tidy plants. Most modern tomatoes are indeterminate and will keep growing and fruiting until the first frosts set in. That means they’ll reach 1.8–2.2m tall, so stakes are a must. You can, however, control the height of indeterminate tomatoes by pinching out their growing tips when their reach the top of the stake. Determinate tomatoes, aka bush tomatoes, grow to a certain size then stop flowering and produce all their fruit at once. They are smaller and don’t need staking.