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Composting tomatoe plants?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,972
    I do
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,818
    Of course.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • ColinAColinA Posts: 367
    Shred first to rot down quicker
  • How has your greenhouse done @Pete.8 , are you taking out plants to compost now. My toms are nearing their end, but I hope for a couple more weeks yet. The cucumbers were not great had trouble with the plants fading, but the netting worked well. Did you get a bumper crop with your new variety of cucumber?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,972
    Hi @purplerallim starting in April and finishing in Nov I'm having a major house refurb going on, so the garden and greenhouse have been on the back-burner this year.
    The mini-munch cucumber was ok, but I probably got no more than about 75ish this year of which I had 3 - the rest went to neighbours. But I didn't give it the same care as the Cucino I grew the last 2 years.
    I'm embarrassed to say many of the toms are now rotting on the vines, but I did grow Rose de Berne for the first time this year - without doubt the best tasting and smelling tom I've ever had, and a lovely rose colour.
    The ripened fruits were like balloons filled with juice and the core remained on the vine when I picked them. No good for slicing for a sandwich, but just wonderful roughly chopped in a salad and perfect with mozzarella and basil and some crusty bread to mop up the olive oil and juice.
    The plants are still doing well and I've not pulled any up yet as I'm hoping I'll have a usable kitchen again in the next week or so, so I hope they'll hang on until I'm able to do something with them.
    I can't wait to eat something that hasn't come out of a microwave... :)
    How were yours this year?
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,690
    edited September 2019
    Well a comedy of errors really @Pete.8 😁 Planted saved seed from black cherry, Roma and black heritage ( third year of use as daughter bought three packets for me) Last years germination was so poor I planted more than needed, and yes everything came up! Ended up with 30 plants! 18 in the greenhouse, some in the raised beds outside and the rest in pots. Wouldn't have minded if the heritage ones hadn't all turned out to be black cherry too. ( didn't work that way last year)🙄 So here I am with over 600 picked cherries and 170 Roma ( all made into soup/sauce) with lots still on the vines to pick yet. Next year will know not to use so many heritage ones, give the Roma more room (they grow huge) and get some regular sized toms too.🙄 All good fun.😁
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,972
    Wow! that's a lot of tomato plants - and an amazing harvest - just hope you like black cherry toms :)
    Next year I'll definitely be growing Rose de Berne again, Stupice were also excellent so will grow them and probably a couple of Rosella (similar to Black Cherry)

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Nope don't eat many toms, and not cherry at all! Hubby is the big tom eater and has been very happy kept well fed.🤣 Good job I'll eat the soup and sauces @Pete.8 as the freezer is getting full. I much prefer my cucumber veg soup for the winter.😁
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