The long awaited time has arrived: our cherry tomatoes have been harvested! They were beautifully deep red coloured and had a nice and firm shape. You can follow the links below to read on planting your own container tomatoes and a bit more detail on our experience as I do not want to ‘copy’ my own posts in this one. Tomatoes – container gardening Growing Tomatoes Update Replanting Tomatoes
The above mentioned articles will take you through our journey. I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the plants carrying the ripening fruit. We had a trip to Italy early in 2014, they had the reddest of red, big deliciously tasty tomatoes to buy in their shops as well as at their markets. If we buy tomatoes at our local grocers they tend to still be green and tasteless. We decided to plant our own cherry tomatoes, give it a go and see what happens. We did not know how many plants we will need, how big it will grow, and I must say that is quite a sum to make…
As we lived in a flat when we planted the seeds we only had a small porch to use. The plants got too big, we built a teepee with bamboo sticks to help support it, but there wasn’t much we could do to help the plant staying up straight as it grew just way to tall. The soil dried very quickly as it was planted in a pot, so it was quite a job to keep the tomatoes watered well. The leaves looked dry, but the fruit survived and turned red. Not sure whether this is a problem of the sun reflecting onto the plant from the wall, or that we had extremely hot days, there were one or two going over 43degrees Celsius. We ended up with about 3 to 4 tomato plants growing strong and bearing fruit.
I would suggest planting more plants, as we use tomatoes a lot the plants struggled to give us enough fruit. I would also consider to plant tomato plants that will give larger fruit as well rather than the cherry tomato plants next time. It is easier to use one large tomato on a sandwich or in a salad than it is to try and make a salad with 4 cherry tomatoes. As they all ripened at different times, we never had ‘bulk’ ripe tomatoes.
As you can see there were quite a few problems to deal with. I always think it is good to know beforehand so that you can use the information and improve where necessary. So now you know.
You might ask is it actually worth all the effort? Yes. Without a question. It always is a treat to eat your own harvest!