A blog by Peter Simpson
So do the tomatoes stay in the conservatory all summer?
Yes - the seeds were sown on 29 March (Good Friday) and the six young plants were transferred to grow bags on 19 May (Pentecost). They soon shot up to over 7 feet (2 metres) tall and were supported on canes. It would not have been possible to have grown them outside because it would have been far too windy and they would have taken too long to ripen. I shall show some of the ripe fruit on the blog tomorrow. The spent plants will soon be composted. I shall miss them, but they do rather take over the conservatory, so I shall have more room once they have gone!
Here in Australia home gardeners wouldn't need to put tomatoes in a conservatory and so I am quite ignorant of how to grow in a conservatory. The plants obviously don't need direct sunlight and that surprised me. When I was able to garden I used to grow some heirloom tomatoes which my mother used to love. One I remember was called Black Russian and had the most lovely flavour. The tomatoes one can buy at the fruit shop have no taste compared to those from the home garden.I rather like the look of the tomatoes in the conservatory but I'm looking forward to what next you will grow there.
After the tomatoes are finished and the plants are composted, I put an Indian rug down in the conservatory and some extra furniture appears where the grow bags were. It becomes less of a horticultural space during the winter months - more of a snug with the wood burning stove providing welcome heat.
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