From my experience,the best time to plant tomatoes is late fall or on the onset of winter when the weather starts to get cool and everything seems so pleasant.
I started this tomato “garden” from the seed packet I found at Carrefour. Variety? It says pomodoro. One seed per pod, I don’t want to overcrowd it like what I did last year. After a few weeks, I was very happy to see little sprouts of tomato plant.
Then, I transplanted the baby plants to their new home. Since I don’t have a garden here, their new homes were big pots and planter boxes. I read about growing tomatoes in pots and it’s so true. Here is my patio after a month or so of sowing the seeds.
Taking care of these babies was easy, although, when we travel (hubby and I travel often, like every other week or so), I asked my neighbor’s help to water them, specially when I saw it blooming. There were stormy, windy days too. Here in Oman, windy is really windy. I was able to contain caterpillars eating up the leaves. I need to put thicker and bigger stakes than I used too. Well, that also helped when I saw the fruits, trust me, this pomodoro tomatoes are huge!
The first fruits.
After the first fruits, the tomatoes are going over board! I don’t know if it’s too much fertilizer 😀 or it’s just their nature. With 10 plants left,( i gave two to my hubby’s colleague), my patio is oh sooo filled with beautiful lovely tomato plants with vine-ripened fruits.
Look at these beauties!
This plant is on a huge plantbox with big stakes to help hold the fruits!
Fried green tomatoes anyone?
More or less, I harvested 5 kilos lately, in two batches. I noticed that after picking the ripe ones in the morning, the next day, there’ll be new ones ready for picking. I love it vine ripened, so does my hubby.
So, I already gave half of my harvest to friends,I already made 2 jars of salsa, napoletana sauce……gazpacho is next. The best thing is we are not buying tomatoes til April maybe? 😀
- 10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow from Seed this Spring (prweb.com)
- The Buzz about the Perfect Tomato (bangordailynews.com)
- How To Grow Amazing Tomatoes This Year! (frommichigantomontana.com)