Just back from the plot and I’ve spent the morning sowing tomato seeds. Not having had much success growing salad varieties on the plot for the last three years we’ve stuck to San Marzano an Italian plum tomato used cooking that for us is tried and tested. There were no plans to do any different, especially since I’d sworn off buying any more seeds, until I was led well and truly astray by the Pennard Plants display at the RHS London Plant & Design Show.
So this is what I’ve ended up with;
Accordian Pink Ruffled – Heirloom variety, hallow pink ruffled fruit.
Beefsteak Marmande Super – French heirloom variety from Provence, large cushion shaped fruit.
Black Russian – Russian heirloom variety with deep purple skinned fruit and dark red flesh.
Green Zebra – American variety medium sized striped green fruit.
Plum Lemon Wonderlite – Russian heirloom variety, plum shaped with mild sweet flavour.
San Marzano Red Plum – Classic Italian plum variety used for cooking.
I’ve used 5cm pots and sown three pots of each variety in seed compost and vermiculite at a ratio of 60:40. There are three seeds in each pot, so potentially fifty four plants. I probably need half that ammount so some will be thinned out and the rest will go into the annual plant swap that Bob organises in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Taking inspiration from Sue at Our Plot At Green Lane Allotments I’ve decided to try and keep proper planting records for everything this year and some of these pages will be filed under the Grow tab above. It’ll be useful for me next year when I’m struggling to remember what we did in detail and hopefully if anyone else is growing the same varieties it’ll be interesting as a point of comparison.