I am growing eight different types this year, some tried and tested, and one or two new varieties to see whether they will be added to my list next year. I have ditched two types this year 'Tigerella', not because there was anything wrong with it, in fact, it performed very well, and tastes pretty good - the other, a beefsteak type 'Consteluto Fiorentino' which didn't behave itself, and turned brown at the earliest opportunity.
The ones I grew last year that performed well, included Gardeners Delight and Sungold, both indoors and out.
|Piccolo cherry tomato|
|Pomodorro small plum tomato|
|Gardeners Delight cherry tomato|
|Sungold cherry tomatoes|
I usually grow a mix of six plants in the greenhouse and the rest are grown outside - a few in a trough in the 'Rosebank' garden, the rest at the allotment. In the book One Straw Revolution the author suggests that if you don't support your tomatoes, they will lie on the ground and root wherever the stem touches the soil, which means you will get more trusses developing. So, as ever, I intend to experiment, and do just that ,to see what happens.
I can feel a tomato glut coming on already - most years I freeze tomatoes whole, then just take the amount I am going to need out of the freezer bag - the skin comes off the frozen tomato dead easy if you hold it under a warm tap.
Of course any tomato plants planted in open ground are more susceptible to blight, so the cherry types are a better bet as they ripen faster. The mistake people make is overwatering outdoor tomatoes which leads to more leaf than fruit - once they have been planted out at the end of May, they can be left to their own devices till the first flowers arrive. In their native countries, places such as Equador, Peru and Bolivia they grow in poor ground that is dry - and from experience I can say that outdoor toms develop a better flavour than those grown indoors. Bush tomatoes would be an even better bet as they don't need staking.