Well my tomato experiment is over for this season. I planted 20 open pollinated, old fashioned tomatoes into all different size pots and pretty much didn't care for them hardly at all. The first 3 months I think I only watered them twice and that was only when I saw the leaves wilting.
Then I ran a little experiement with organic fertilisers. Trace elements, worm castings, nothing & dynamic lifter. The dynamic lifter won this experiment making the plant greener and stronger.
With the lack of attention the out come of growth and survival were great. Tomatoes are like weeds and will keep on going they are so tough.
When I moved the tomatoes out of the full sun they only received a few hours of morning sun and the leaves began to yellow. Next year I will find a better location for the tomatoes and care for them properly to see if I get better yields.
My top 5 Favourites.
No#1. Florida Basket. Just too cute. I loved the size and shape of the tomatoes. You could literally grow these any where hanging baskets, on the window sill, on the kitchen bench, possibilities are endless love them.
No#2. Green Grape. I think because it was such a surprising taste and the colour is stunning.
No#3. Green Zebra. I really liked the taste it was a little different from the others. Still sweet but with more much more flavour than I expected.
No#4. Burwood Prize. For the perfectly round shape fruit and the unusual potato leaves, a talking point in the garden. I know now how it got it's name.
No#5. Cherry Tomato. For years I have never grown this variety because I thought it was boring and straggley compared to the tommy toe which I love but was disappointed with the results. I will be keeping a lot of these seeds and growing them into pots through out the winter.
Looking towards 2014 - So far on the list if have: Beefsteak, Beefsteak -Italian Mary, Indian River, Oxheart, San Marzano - Roma, Sweetie & Thai Pink Egg. So that is 7 I have to find 13 more to grow. I love cherries so more cherries for sure and I need colour. Please tell me your favourite and I will see if I can get some seeds to trial for next year.