Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Following trials in previous years we have found the best method for us to cultivate tomatoes here on the coast is under plastic. The mists, humidity and salty winds cause untold damage including leaf burn, blight and fruit rot. We have grown 2 varieties again this year but by far the most tasty is Alicante. The smaller cheery tomato is on the acidic side whereas the larger Alicante fruit is sweeter and more flavoursome.

Leaves have been taken off strategically to encourage air flow and to discourage fungal infections. Fed with comfry alternating with nettle juice they have performed well and given more fruit than anticipated. Next year we will try Alicante again and maybe a plum tomato. If anyone has recommendations we would be happy to hear about them.

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