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  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,184

    i picked one of my beef stake tomatoes and it a fair size. I never gown beef tomatoes before so i don't know how big they can get but i am quite impressed with mine. It weighs 1 KG no wonder my tomatoes plants fell over image




  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    Today, after a late planting, I tasted my first home grown tomatoes of the year picked from the lowest trusses of their vines.

    The first one was cherry size, despite being Moneymaker and the others being larger. I ate it raw and it tasted a bit weak and watery, though it had a very natural and nice taste. Very different from supermarket tomatoes. The other was larger and I sliced it and grilled it on bread. The grill drying it out a bit concentrated the flavour and it was delicious! The skin was also incredibly thin, splitting around half the fruit just by washing it under the hot tap to rinse off tomato feed splashes.

    I think the weak taste may be down to over feeding or over watering?

    Either way, I'm looking forward to the rest ripening on the vines more than ever.

    I also found a bit of blight toward the top of one vine, so I cut out that branch a couple of inches before the darkening. At the end of that branch were a few small green tomatoes on healthy vine, so I've stuck the end of the branch (after removing the diseased section) into the soil, hoping it somehow draws up moisture and nutrients and the tomatoes continue growing. I'm not hopeful though.

  • wev'e been getting em for over a month and today my wife took off a big ugly  beef stake tom that wieghed over 1/2 apound and it was delish  ,3types of letuce onions ,cucumber ,radish,home made egg mayo and very large bread cake ,hey what can be better than that for a lunch thats only got 15Ft in air miles.

    atb DD

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,955

    I love that, 15feet in air milesimage

    I am still picking loads, freezer full now, and eating them every day, and giving away, nver faffed about with them, only 2 feeds the whole season and not much water, no blossom end rot and no green ones.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I grew 10 Tigerella outdoors. No blight but an awful lot of splitting. Are they prone to it?

    Legend tom seeds seem to have disappeared from the T&M range. Anyone know why such a resistant tom should be dropped?

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Tigerella can be prone to splitting, yes.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Guess this might be our last tomato thread for a few months role on Spring.

    Thanks for all the advice and hope your winter isn't too harsh Italophile image

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Cheers, KEF. Still very mild here for this time of year. We've had the mildest and wettest spring and summer that anyone can remember. Floods north of us this week and even in Rome. Something strange is going on ...

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,511

    We in SW France have had a colder and wetter summer than usual. Was good for the herbaceous borders and the lawn, but the outdoor tomatoes were the worst ever then they got blight. GH ones were OK. Went to England on holiday in June and the weather was better there than here.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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