Growing tomatoes and tomato blight

by Pippa Greenwood

I grow most of my tomatoes in the greenhouse, as growing them outside increases the risk of them getting tomato blight.

Tomato 'Scatalone'Tomatoes - I can't get enough of them. I grow most of my tomatoes in the greenhouse, as growing them outside increases the risk of them getting tomato blight. Sadly, tomato blight thrives in the warm, wet summers we've had recently.

So far this year, we've had great results from growing tomatoes in the greenhouse. One of my favourites for flavour is the wonderfully pretty orange- and red-striped 'Tigerella'. The flavour is great, though I do wish I could manage to grow it with slightly thinner skins, which seem a little tougher than other varieties I grow. Mind you, 'Tigerella' tomato sauce is wonderful, so for the flavour I'm more than happy to put up with tough skins.

I've also grown grafted tomatoes again this year, which seem to be romping away very merrily too. But king of them all in terms of vigor and size of the yield, is 'Scatalone' - an Italian variety I got from Seeds of Italy. The elongated fruits are positively dripping off the plant, and when it comes to grilling and roasting tomatoes, this variety is fantastic as it is extremely firm-fleshed. Another great thing about 'Scatalone' is the unusually small amount of the 'soluble fibre' or gelatinous material surrounding the seeds, which appeals to slime-hating tomato lovers!

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Gardeners' World Web User 12/08/2009 at 20:42

Yes, it's certainly been a great year for tomatoes.....and the tomato/potato blight has finally arived , this week, in my Hampshire garden! Luckily not in the greenhouse yet, so toms are OK!

Gardeners' World Web User 13/08/2009 at 18:17

I have grown Alicante Tomatoes this year in the greenhouse and have come up beautifully. I also have some in the garden but the fruits have not yet ripen. Luckily I have not tomato blight.

Gardeners' World Web User 13/08/2009 at 18:50

I don't have a green house :( but haven't sufferd from tomato blight this year. I did have trouble last year so have been really careful this year!

Gardeners' World Web User 13/08/2009 at 18:54

Could someone please advise me on how to eradicate hundreds of toadstools on my mothers lawn. They started within a fairy ring with the grass turning greener in the ring but now the toadstools have spread everywhere on her large lawn and we need to get rid of them. We pull them all up daily but we are fighting a losing battle. We have been told the only way to get rid of them completely would be to dig up the whole lawn but that would be a mammoth job and so expensive. Can anyone help with ideas please? Many thanks

Gardeners' World Web User 13/08/2009 at 19:24

This year I have grown some tomato plants in the ground in the greenhouse, some in big pots sunk into growbags and some in garden soil. The ones in the garden soil seem to be ripening first. So far they seem to have escaped any diseases. The greenhouse ones, though, do not show any sign of ripening at all. The varieties I have grown are Sungold, Tigerella, Red Pear, Gardener's Delight and a beefsteak variety. I had painted the greenhouse with some shading paint in the 'hot' Spring, and wonder if I should clean it off in order to get the tomatoes to ripen, in there.

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