Well, how did we all get on with our tomatoes last year? I made the decision to grow more outdoors - bad decision! The poor plants didn't stand a chance against the wet weather and blight. Up at the plot the Sungold stood their ground and didn't succumb, they were very slow to produce any fruits, but gradually caught up, and I was still picking them in October.
In the greenhouse I grew Marmande, Alicante and Gardeners Delight which fared better
I try and sow my first batch of seed in February, especially for the the larger tomatoes, to give them a long growing season. Another batch in March and then again in April - hopefully that will give me a fair chance of getting a good harvest, by not putting all my eggs in one basket and sowing them all at the same time. The Tumbling Tom plants in the hanging baskets are usually the most prolific, but last year they let me down I'm sad to say - the tomatoes just refused to ripen and I had to bring them into the relative warmth of the greenhouse - something I have never had to do before.
This year I am going to try a few new varieties including Bloody Butcher, Garden Peach and Red Zebra. These are from a mixed packet of seed which also includes a white tomato called Snowberry.
Let's hope this year is a better year for tomatoes - plenty of sun, not too much rain and definitely no blight. So - it's seed packets and potting compost at the ready - propagators plugged in and warmed up - and let's get planting!