Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Harlequin

These 'Harlequin' tomatoes are new to Thompson & Morgan this year on the front of their catalogue. They were most definitely the earliest of at least 8 varieties planted this year, and therefore I have had a continuous supply of ripe tomatoes since June this year. A good succession. I have found them however, to have a rather thick skin and most were about the size of a grape - owing to the hot weather this year. I will grow them because they are an early variety in future - they are also quite attractive, but will stick to Sungold next year.

By the way, I read that a good way to preserve tomato seeds is to squeeze the pips out with the water and bits, into an egg cup and leave it on a kitchen windowsill for about 3 or 4 days - it might even go a bit mouldy, but never mind. The reason is to break down the sticky stuff surrounding the seed, it is then easier to wash off in a sieve and dry. I have done this already with good results. Anyone want some free seeds? Posted by Picasa

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