Just a wee update on my cherry tomato plants to let you all know how they fared as the season ended. (For those who missed the first half of the story - my original blog can be found here)
I began with three plants. They were very slow in getting to the fruiting stage due to erratic weather throughout our growing season. As the summer came to a close I started to see multitudes of small fruit forming which made me very happy! These lovely jewels of red and green were ripening slowly but surely, but unfortunately a wicked front came through, towards the end of April, blowing a gusting wind so strong it broke the main stems of the plants. With the main feeding stems damaged I had no choice but to harvest the fruit and set them to ripen on the kitchen window sill.
Only about a third of the fruit ripened to a point where I could use it, but as you can see from the slideshow above; I had enough to make a couple of bottles of spicy tomato sauce. Success at last! I do think that we may have had fruit still ripening on the plant if I had been able to have it remain in the garden undamaged. My lesson for next year is to have the plants better protected from the wind if I wish to see them reach their full potential. To have fresh, locally grown, outdoor tomatoes in Dunedin throughout June and July would be quite satisfying.
For those interested in a recipe for the sauce, I am not yet convinced I have it right but will add a page for recipes as I get them to a point where they are good enough for posting. In the meantime - I would love to hear your garden stories in the comments below!
Happy gardening and may you too, live your Goodlife!
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!