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Hello. Every year about October/November, I take a bought tomato, take the seeds out, place in a brown envelope and put in a draw until January. Then I take out the seeds and place one in a pot and put on my window shelf until the frost goes and then I place it in a bigger pot and put it outside. I usually grow two plants. This year I decided to grow beef tomatoes from seeds I had from a tomato I had bought. Everything was going well until it rained, rained and rained again. I only got six beef tomatoes on the plant. So, I've decided that in January/February, I intend to buy a tomato growing greenhouse (plastic). And we'll see if the rain can penetrate that!
I grew marmande beefsteak tomatoes outside this year - the low temperatures and low light levels made it a very difficult year - I don't think any of my plants yielded more than a dozen decent sized tomatoes, and some yielded half that, so I wouldn't be at all disappointed with your plant if I were you.
None of my marmandes ripened on the vine - all havng been picked and ripened indoors on windowsills. However, I had some cherry tomato plants in a little plastic growhouse, and lots of them ripened in there - it was noticeably warmer inside than out - I might get another one
I grew Brandywine in the greenhouse for the 1st time this year. Although they were very late, I had some corkers. Some were as big as my hand and tasted wonderful. I still have some in a drawer with a banana, only recently picked, and they are slowly ripening.
Good luck with your Beef Tomatoes. You definatly get a lot of bang for your buck with them! I doubt the rain will get through your growing house!!
There's a great site I use for growing tomatoes. Checkout: Best Juicy Tomatoes