7/12/10 This week I am waiting, with great anticipation, for the first tomato to ripen.

This is an 'Early Girl' variety tomato plant that I bought to plant at the end of September, so that I would have some tomatoes ripe, long before my seedling grown ones will be ready.

'Early Girl' is certainly living up to her name.

Will the tomatoes be tasty? I'll let you know in a few days time.

Some of the many flowers blooming on the tomatoes in my glasshouse. I'm not sure how many plants there are-over 50 for sure. All but two plants have been grown from seed.

I have some large plants potted on into buckets. These will stay in the glasshouse.

The rest are ready to be planted out in the garden.

Some will be planted in the ground and a few will be planted in containers.

I've been feeding the tomatoes various combinations of Bokashi, Blood & Bone, Comfrey and Seaweed, all in liquid form, diluted in water.

I water, by hand, twice a day, using a watering can or a bucket and cup. I prefer watering this way as I get to check on each plant and can feed them or not, as required. It is also easier to direct the water to the roots and keep the leaves dry, which helps prevent disease.

The plants have been very healthy so far, with occasional families of aphids or whitefly being dispatched with Neem soap and water spray.

There are also spiders and Praying Mantises on patrol.

The glasshouse 'bursting' with tomato plants. I have big plans for tomatoes this season.

To be continued...

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Comment by Fi and Steve on December 12, 2010 at 12:22pm

Hi Hester,where can you get early girl seeds,thanks

Comment by Hester on December 10, 2010 at 11:28pm

We went to a family birthday shared tea tonight . Gary made pasta salad and needed a tomato at the last minute. After a discussion we agreed that he would pick the first Early Girl. I was not really happy  that it would have to be chopped into small pieces and shared with a large family who may not all appreciate the importance of this tomato. I did have a pre-taste of a small piece and can report that it was very flavoursome. And it definitely enhanced the salad.

Comment by Annie on December 10, 2010 at 10:08pm

your tomatoes looks great Hester, I have an early girl too but not quite as far on as yours. looking forward to the next installment!!

Comment by Kali on December 8, 2010 at 11:26am
all those pots must keep you very busy. love your blog posts Hester, are you entered into the blog competition at garden nz? I am sure you would be a winner!


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