We're seeing red for Tomato's. That's right we're encouraging everyone to get growing with some tomatoes. It's one of the easiest crops to grow and will add the freshest tastes to the table or lunch box. Everyone can grow a tomato whether you have a patio or a garden.
Did you know that Tomatoes are related to Eggplants and chillies? Tomatoes are in fact a fruit, but they are usually classed as a vegetable because of the way they are used in cooking. Tomatoes originated in South America and were fist popularised in Spain by returning conquistadors.
Today there are many different varieties and shapes adding to their popularity and versatility on the menu. The perfect summer crop to grow your own and to add to your food basket, they are the easiest of all veggies to grow for first timers and experienced hands.
Tomatoes do best in an area that gets full sun or at least 8 hours of sun, otherwise they will get spindly and produce little mature fruit. They also produce well if you ensure a good soil at planting buy adding liberal compost and organic fertiliser BioOcean. They prefer a high potassium fertiliser so through the growing period a regular feeding with BioOcean will keep your crop coming.
Crop rotation is one of the best ways to ensure better quality fruit so we would recommend planting them in a different spot every year alternating with non-related veggies such as beans or lettuce.
Quick Tips for a successful tomato crop
- Choose a level area that gets sun most of the day or at least afternoon sun.
- There should be preferably little competition from roots of large trees. Tomatoes also grow very well in containers.
- Soil must have good drainage and be well composted.
- Position a wigwam, trellis or obelisk for the tomatoes to ramble up on.
- Plant with BioOcean and then feed throughout the summer.
Try some of our Favourites from seed:
Floradade: The Floradade tomato is a disease-resistant variety developed by in the 1970's and is one of the most popular with a medium sized fruit that is quite fleshy.
Yellow Pear: The cherry tomato Yellow Pear has become a great addition to the veggie garden adding different colour to salads with the ripe fruit a vibrant yellow colour. They are very prolific bearers and you will have an almost endless supply through summer from just a few plants.
Mariana: This has become popular as a jam tomato. The fruit can get quite large and a fun one to grow for kids who want to try and grow the biggest one!
New kids on the block: The RAW range of heirloom seed has Pink, Orange, Brown and Green Tomato seed in their range for the gardener that has grown it all before.
Give gift that grows: The Seed Slab is a super fun gift to give. The Tomato seeds are ready to plant in fun slab that looks like a chocolate slab. Simply break of a few blocks and plant them its as easy as that and allows one to space them better.