Growing tomatoes has been a success

growing tomatoes

growing tomatoes

Here is the very first tomato that has ripened this year. So pleased. It is actually quite early for a tomato to ripen in these parts at the start of July. As it was the first tomato of the year and therefore special I chopped it up put in a dish and added a slug of olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper – delicious.

Last year I made a small raised vegetable plot following the instructions in the book Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. The raised bed I built in my garden is about 4 foot by 3 foot. In this tiny plot, I managed to produce loads of radishes, lettuce, beets, courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes. Great to eat fresh vegetables straight from the garden.

I just raise those vegetables that fit in well with a ketogenic, low carb paleo diet. So the vegetables I have mentioned fit in well with this regime.

Going back to the tomatoes last year I grew 3 different types a beefsteak tomato, a cherry tomato and a cultivar called Shirley. I was so pleased with the crop of tomatoes from Shirley that I decided this year to just grow these. I only have room for 3 tomato plants so let’s hope they produce the quality and quality as last year.

I guess a great deal of the success of tomato growing comes down to the weather. Damp rainy and cold weather will encourage the emergence of blight and in my experience, once you have blight appear on your tomato plants you might just as well dig them up and throw them away. So here hoping for a lovely hot summer.

At the end of the season, I will end up with loads of green tomatoes. I was thinking of making the recipe below of green tomato chutney just so they are not wasted. Not for myself as I can’t stand chutney and I don’t think low carb enough for me to eat in any quantity. Instead, I will give these out as gifts at Christmas. Actually a quick update on the chutney I gave all the leftover green tomatoes, and there were loads of them, to my Mum who made loads of chutney.

Here is Mel Bartholomew explaining  his 1 foot garden concept.

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