Look out for table top vegetables – the new way to grow veg! Peace Tree Farm in the USA are developing a miniature tomato plant called Sweet-N-Neat.
This tomato has been propagated to be tabletop size and is laden with heavy fruit, so the tomatoes can be plucked off for eating. It keeps on producing so can sit on the table for general grazing!
Sweet-N-Neat grows in traditional Christmas colours with its red fruit and dark green foliage. Lets hope this table top vegetable will be on general release for next year!
The recently developed Moruno tomato has twice as much lycopene as normal tomatoes.
- gives tomatoes their red colour
- reduces the risk of prostrate cancer
Moruno tomatoes were developed in Spain, but are now on sale in Tesco! Moruno tomatoes are being dubbed superfoods because of their high cancer-fighting lycopene content.
This tomato patio planter will hold quite a collection of tomatoes, providing delicious salads as well as a charming feature on the patio.
Teamed up with tomato seeds and tomato fertiliser, the tomato patio planter makes a great gift for the gardener or a welcome Christmas present.
Click this link to buy the tomato patio planter, with seeds and fertiliser for £28.99.
This Green tomato chutney recipe is a great combination of apples, shallots and green tomatoes. It is cheap & easy to make if you grow your own apples, shallots and green tomatoes. It is also a way of using up the damaged, pecked or wind blown apples.
Ingredients for 5 or 6 500kg jars
- 1.5kg green tomatoes
- 1 kg cooking apple
- 450g shallots
- 450g sultanas
- 450g demerara sugar
- juice of 2 lemons
- 50g root ginger
- 50g salt
- 25g mustard seeds
- 1.75litres wine vinegar
- 2 red chillies
- cut up the tomatoes
- peel, core and chop the apples
- peel and slice the shallots
- crush the ginger with a rolling pin
- halve the chillies
- place the ginger & chillies in a muslin bag, tie it securely & place in the preserving pan, & add all the other ingredients
- put the pan on a gentle heat & stir until the sugar has dissolved
- then simmer for about two hours without the lid on the pan
- when there is no more runny liquid, and the chutney is creamy and thick, remove the muslin bag
- pour into warm, sterilised jars, cover, seal and label
- keep for 2 months to allow the flavour to develop
This recipe for green tomato chutney will make a good Christmas gift.
A new product containing Lycopene, a compound found in some red-skinned fruit including tomatoes, has been launched to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Lycopene is a natural compound found in tomatoes that is a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene prevents cholesterol and the build-up of fatty (atherosclerotic) deposits in arteries.
The new food supplement, the active ingredient of which is Lycopene, (a compound found in some red-skinned fruit including tomatoes) helps to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Supporting Tomato Plants
Bush types require no supports. The main stem of cordon types needs supporting to stop
it falling over.
- Canes or strings can be used.
- tie tomato stem each 30 cm
If canes are used as support, the main stem should be tied loosely to the cane as it grows. So there will be a string holding the stem to the cane every 30cm or so. Soft string should be used, so that it does not
cut into the stem
What is a Tomato Truss?
The bunch of yellow tomato flowers is called a truss.
They will wither and drop off, leaving a little green tomatoes behind, and the truss is said to be set.
Tomato – Latin name ‘Lycopersicon esculentum’
The variety ‘Alicante’ is a cordon type which is best in the greenhouse, but can be grown outside in a sheltered spot.
We are using some growpots which fit into growbags for planting tomatoes.
The advantage is that the tomato food is targeted on the roots in the inside pot. The outer pot is used for water, and it makes watering much quicker. Water can be left in the outer reservoir to trickle into the growbag when required.
Three growpots fit into one growbag. The tomatoes are planted so that the compost is the same level as the outer chamber. This leaves room for a pint of water to be added to the top of the pot.
The advantages of the growpot are:
* watering will be easier
* the tomato will be well watered
* tomato food will be used more efficiently