Sowing Tomatoes – 2022

I selected the tomato seeds I planned to sow this year and found that many of them are quite old. Nonetheless, I’ve given them a whirl and hope that they will germinate. I’ve sown 29 different varieties (30 pots because I’ve grown two different lots of my Oleron Yellow because I still seem to have…… Continue reading Sowing Tomatoes – 2022

Tomato – Gourmandia (F1)

Red Oxheart Beefsteak on H1 Hybrid Plants Description This F1 Hybrid Beefsteak tomato sounds very similar to Sunsets Red Horizon although (with a bit of luck) it sounds as though it might ripen a bit earlier in the season. The fruit are said to have few seeds and be meaty. The issue becomes whether they…… Continue reading Tomato – Gourmandia (F1)

2022 – Deciding which Tomatoes to Grow

At this time of year, I always have a problem deciding which tomato cultivars to grow. When I first started growing tomatoes and recording what I’d grown (a long time ago now it seems), I had plenty of space and an allotment so I grew lots of plants of lots of different cultivars (my record…… Continue reading 2022 – Deciding which Tomatoes to Grow

Tomato – Gigantomo

A Large Red Beefsteak F1 Hybrid tomato on Indeterminate plants. Description This F1 Hybrid Beefsteak tomato is claimed to produce large fruit (up to 1kg), much larger than anything we’ve managed to grow (but nowhere near the record size) and yet be tasty. Other than its sheer size I’m not sure that anything in particular…… Continue reading Tomato – Gigantomo

Tomato – Big League (F1)

Red Beefsteak F1 Hybrid Tomato on Determinate plants. Description Another of the free seeds which might be tried in 2022. Large fruit (around 1 lb) on determinate plants makes this variety suitable for container growing, so we will grow it outdoors, rather than in the greenhouse. It looks as though it will need a lot…… Continue reading Tomato – Big League (F1)

Tomato – Faworyt

Red/Pink Late Harvesting Beefsteak on Indeterminate plants Description A Polish cultivar ( the name translates a “Favourite”) its variously described as “Early” or “Late” (about 80 days?) and “virtually seedless” to “heavily seeded” so my guess is that its a fairly standard Beefsteak, similar to Mortgage Lifter or Pink Brandywine both of which grow well…… Continue reading Tomato – Faworyt

Tomato Raspberry Oxheart

Theoretically, a large heart shaped red heritage tomato on indeterminate plants. Description A oxheart shaped beefsteak tomato from the 2018 seed swap. Possibly similar to Cuore di Bue or Sunset’s Red Horizon but (according to the web) originates from Poland rather than Italy. We hoped that this would be a benefit to us as -…… Continue reading Tomato Raspberry Oxheart

Tomato Marvel Stripes

A large orange beefsteak heritage tomato on vigorous indeterminate plants. Description Marvel Stripes is an unusual bi-coloured tomato (yellow with red patches) growing on a strong indeterminate plant which (even so) can need extra support to deal with the weight of the late ripening, sweet and fruity tomatoes which can be up to 2lbs each.…… Continue reading Tomato Marvel Stripes

Tomato Marmande

Red, Beefsteak, heritage tomato on indeterminate plants. Description Super Marmande is a large, red, juicy beefsteak tomato. The tomatoes grow on a vigorous, strong semi-determinate plant which needs training as it best grown as an indeterminate with lots of support and a number of vines. The fruit is heavily fluted which we have found makes…… Continue reading Tomato Marmande

Tomato Marizol Gold

Orange, beefsteak, heritage tomato on indeterminate plants. Description Marizol Gold is another Orange, Round Beefsteak, similar in many aspects to Mandarin Cross but a little more red colour to the skin and red flecks in the flesh. We like the taste, its creamy and smooth. It is said to originate from Germany but has been…… Continue reading Tomato Marizol Gold