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First Broccoli, heaps of beans and tromboncino's, couple of capsicums (just keeps on pumping them out) tomatoes, eggplants and a lonely passionfruit. Loving the harvests.
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We are having the usual bumper harvest at the school garden with tomatoes. We made salads for the classes yesterday: lettuce + toms + radishes.
We do an option menu: with vinaigrette or with mayo.
But back home mine are unwilling to ripen red. I guess in part because I put too many Summer tomatoes in late.
Nonetheless if you want to get in early before fruit fly or whatever takes over -- green tomatoes do zing. Core them, chop them up: add garlic and onion, lime juice and chili then blend them in a blender.You can get more engaged by roasting the toms or stewing them to add more tang. But green toms make a great salsa verde.
But then : not as tasty as my much loved tomatillos.
What a lovely haul! Toms are hungry and thirsty plants. They need a good rich soil before planting or else the soil runs out of nutrients and the Toms are prey to all sorts of wilts. And growing them in fresh soil is a better bet. Not that I've tried it yet but I have thought often of planting a Tom in a new bag of potting mix, adding some compost, Gypsum and minerals. Or go for a potting mix with everything in it. Active8 from the sugar cane people on the Gold Coast (something Mulching) I have had recommended as suitable to plant straight into. Although it takes away from the organic nature of what most of us are doing. I am going to give this idea a whirl with three volunteer seedlings of probably Tommy Toe. The other thing is to rigorously prune the plants by removing the laterals and confining the growth to 1 to 3 stems. Allowing Toms to fruit on every little stem reduces the size of the fruit.
I'm having similar issues over here. Some do fantastically grow to over 6 foot quickly. Right beside them is a 5 cm disaster that was planted at the same time. My entire tomato crop on the footpath is a disaster.
I am having such drama's with tomato's. The plants start off looking extremely healthy, start growing tomato's and then go quickly down hill.
I'm loving it too. Finally have cherry toms back, snow peas and the ever faithful silverbeet (which I use as celery now). Once I have shaken the flu, I'll be out to harvest the turmeric.
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