Tomatoes Update – Urban farm 2014

The new greenhouse is working brilliantly and has provided the perfect growing space for my tomato plants. They are shooting up now.

San Marzano tomato plants by my new lemon tree.

San Marzano tomato plants by my new lemon tree.

Out of this year’s varieties half are the classic of all Italian plum tomatoes, the magnificent San Marzano. My new growing environment should be just perfect for these wonderful fruits. I have placed small plant pots, with the bottoms cut out into the pots containing the tomato plants for watering. This keeps the leaves dry and gets the water straight to those thirsty roots. I have placed foil plates underneath to stop any water from draining away.

Beefsteak and Moneymaker tomatoes thriving in the new greenhouse

Beefsteak and Moneymaker tomatoes thriving in the new greenhouse

I tie the plants to the bamboo canes using twine and I tie them loosely and always just below one of the stronger branches. About twice a week I pull the side shoots out to encourage vertical growth. I also feed them once a week using something like tomorite or MiracleGro organic feed. The tomatoes will mainly be sharing the greenhouse with the cucumbers, which are still at the baby stage just now. The other varieties are Beefsteak and Moneymaker this year. More traditional in the UK garden!

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