The tomatoes have been very slow this year. I can only blame it on the weather. We had a very hot and sunny June which meant that the plants got away to a lot of growth, but July and August have been relatively cold and dreary.
That’s only with us in the East Midlands. The weather has been very variable across the UK as exampled by the weather this week. We were away in sunny Surrey, whilst here in the East Midlands, it was cloudy and they had a heavy thunderstorm (overflowing gutters type heavy), but it rained for such a short time that it didn’t help filling up the watering systems.
However, when we came back, it was to find that the crop is at last beginning to ripen sensibly. Whilst we have had a few kilos of tomatoes over the last few weeks, this week produced 6.3kg, much of which was Summer Cider, my favourite orange beefsteak. The plant (just one) had seven ripe fruit, a total weight of 2.2kg (more to come) with one (shown below) coming in a 540g (not a record breaker but as large as I can usually manage).
I also picked the first of the Reisetomate Pocket Book. This is a new variety for me (I don’t know if I’ll grow it again). The fruit is a cluster of small individual berries which are easily separated. However, its taste (this year anyway) is nothing special and the individual berries within the cluster ripen separately meaning that you end up with a cluster of berries at different stages of ripeness which isn’t the best of ideas.
Anyway, we’ve also been collecting the seed, ready for next year and made tomato sauce to go into the freezer.