Summer salads sorted
You will need
4 cordon cherry tomato plants ‘Sungold’, ‘Rosella’, ‘Gardener’s Delight’, ‘Ildi’
12 lettuce plug plants
‘Salad Bowl’, ‘Red Salad Bowl’ and ‘Green Oakleaf’
4 bamboo canes Multi-purpose peat-free compost Large reclaimed metal tub
approx 80cm wide x 60cm deep x 30cm high, with drainage holes drilled in the base
Liquid tomato feed
Cordon tomatoes are tall but take up little space at soil level, so why not plant lettuces at their feet? Both like a moist, rich compost, and the lettuces enjoy the light shade cast by the tomatoes. Stand the large tub in your sunniest, most sheltered spot. Plant the tomatoes 20cm apart, with a cane for support, then fill in around them with the lettuce plugs, 10cm apart. Water regularly. Once the flowers appear, start feeding fortnightly with a liquid tomato fertiliser.
Pick the tomatoes as they ripen in summer. With the lettuces, pick a few outer leaves from each plant every few weeks.
Water regularly and generously, especially when tomatoes start to fruit